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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/3

Good morning! So... the draft happened and we signed a bunch of UDFAs. I've linked what I could find, but I'm sure there's more I missed. Feel free to drop those in the comments. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs post-draft news. Enjoy!

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A Scout's Take on the Chiefs' Day Three Selections from The Mothership

Chiefs Assistant Director of College Scouting Dom Green on Wilson:

"He's big, he's fast and he can run and hit," Green said. "Those are the things that jump out on you on tape when you're watching him. He led the SEC in tackles his junior year. You watch the Georgia Tech game, South Carolina game this year and all of those traits are evident.

"Georgia does a really good job. They're in their first year of their new defensive coordinator getting there, Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt and he did a nice job of picking up their new defense and getting in there and making plays for him."

Versatility, Athleticism and Physicality Highlight Chiefs' Day Two of NFL Draft from The Mothership

Friday also marked the first time the Chiefs have had a second-rounder in the two years Dorsey has led the Chiefs, which is due to the trade with the San Francisco 49ers that brought over quarterback Alex Smith.

The Chiefs used their second-round pick on former Missouri offensive lineman Mitch Morse, whose versatility was praised by Dorsey.

"He can play all five positions," Dorsey said. "His versatility is phenomenal."

After playing left tackle last season, Morse said that most teams throughout the pre-draft process talked to him about playing on the inside at either guard or center.

Five Things to Know About LB Ramik Wilson from The Mothership

Kansas City becoming "Georgia-West"

The Chiefs selected Georgia receiver Chris Conley with their first pick in the third round (No. 76 overall), giving the Chiefs a pair of Bulldogs in the 2015 NFL Draft through their first five picks.

Wilson joins Conley, quarterback Aaron Murray, linebacker Justin Houston and defensive back Sanders Commings as former Bulldogs currently on the Chiefs roster.

Five Things to Know About LB D.J. Alexander from The Mothership

Alexander had season-ending neck surgery his junior season.

According to the Oregonian, Alexander missed the Hawaii Bowl during his junior season due to season ending neck surgery.

Oregonian author Connor Letourneau reported Alexander had a long history with stingers.

"They just built up," he said at the time. "I took care of it. Hopefully it works."

Alexander returned from the surgery to start every game for Oregon State his senior year.

Five Things to Know About TE James O'Shaughnessy from The Mothership

NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein refers to Illinois State's James O'Shaughnessy as a "basketball" tight end.

Here is what Zierlein wrote up on O'Shaughnessy:

"'Basketball' tight end with plus foot quickness, concentration, hands and vertical ability. He can elevate and compete for jump balls while creating space for himself with his quickness. His blocking is a work in progress, but he could end up being a highly productive Day 3 draft pick if a team utilizes his talent properly."

Odds are that he'll get along fine with Demetrius Harris. Here's Zierlein's full analysis.

Five Things to Know About DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches from The Mothership

Chiefs getting a steal late in the draft

According to CBS Sports, Nunez-Roches (6'2", 307 pounds) was projected as a third or fourth-round pick.

He earned first-team All-CUSA honors as a junior after finishing the season with 58 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Five Things to Know About WR Da'Ron Brown from The Mothership

NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein calls Brown a "quarterback's friend."

Here is the breakdown from Zierlein:

"Opens wide and gives quarterback a very presentable target. Makes full use of his catch radius, snagging wild pitches in every direction. Very few drops. Natural, hands-catcher with ability to focus and make contested catches. Can run on jet sweeps, using stiff-arm as a weapon."

Read the full evaluation on Brown here. Video: Press Conference: Chiefs Introduce Marcus Peters Video: Chiefs Blueprint: 2015 Draft Edition Video: Clark Hunt's Hawaiian Shirt Delivery

Thumbs up, thumbs down for each NFL team's draft class from ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs

Thumbs down. The Chiefs drafted mainly for need. Two cornerbacks, two inside linebackers and two wide receivers were among their nine picks and those positions were their greatest needs. Those types of drafts rarely work out. Plus, Marcus Peters in the first round is a very risky pick because of his behavioral issues. -- Adam Teicher

Every draft pick has a story -- and the Chiefs brought in some good ones Saturday from FS Kansas City

We love Thursday and Friday for the star power, the names on the back of the jerseys, the marquee alma maters.

We love Saturday for the narratives.

The Kansas City Chiefs' first-round draft pick, Washington cornerback Marcus Peters, is a cousin of Pro Bowl tailback Marshawn Lynch on his father's side and pals with Snoop Dogg.

But fifth-round pick James O'Shaughnessy, the tight end out of Illinois State? His father once threatened to sue the NCAA. Defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches, the Chiefs' sixth-round choice, was born in Belize, moved to the United States with his mother as a boy and recalled periods of homelessness and doubt growing up. Wideout Da'Ron Brown, a seventh-round pick, was a prep quarterback who tore up the Chicago Public League with his legs.

Kansas City Chiefs draft wrap-up from ESPN

File it away: The Chiefs will regret drafting only one offensive lineman. Center Mitch Morse was picked in the second round and he could become a starter. But Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen, two of the Chiefs' top three tackles, are heading into the final season of their respective contracts. Recent Chiefs history suggests both will be moving on as free agents after the season because Kansas City hasn't re-signed any of its own offensive linemen since Dorsey arrived in 2013.

Chiefs welcome first-round pick Peters on draft's last day from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs introduced first-round pick Marcus Peters at their practice facility Saturday before turning their attention to the final day of the NFL draft.

Peters, a cornerback from Washington, was joined by general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid for a series of photo ops. Then, he calmly answered every question about his checkered history, including the events that led him to getting kicked off the Huskies' team.

"Having the experience I did at U-dub caused me to learn from it and for me to walk in an NFL locker room," Peters said. "I'm going to attach to some veterans just to learn how to be a pro, to learn how to conduct myself as a man."

School to keep Marcus Peters from 10 of Chiefs' offseason practices from ESPN

Peters attended the University of Washington, where classes will be in session until June 12.

Peters can participate in the Chiefs' rookie minicamp May 16-18 and their full squad minicamp June 16 through 18. But he is not allowed to participate in the 10 practices the Chiefs will hold between May 26 and June 12.

Chiefs use third round to add WR Chris Conley, CB Steven Nelson from Chiefs Digest

Conley, a native of Dallas, Ga., will also have a familiar face waiting for him in Kansas City to assist the acclimation period.

The Chiefs drafted former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the fifth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and he and Conley have stayed in touch.

"It's funny because he's told me multiple times, ‘Hey man, I wish they would take you. I wish they would get you in here,'" Conley said during a media conference call. "He texted me as soon as they made the pick and was telling me congratulations and hey, get ready to come and grind with me again. So I'm looking forward to being reunited with an old teammate."

Chiefs select LB Ramik Wilson in fourth round of NFL Draft from Chiefs Digest

That the Chiefs were interested in Wilson shouldn't surprise.

Wilson had a formal interview with the Chiefs at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Chiefs were at his Pro Day workout, and Wilson had a feeling the attention level from One Arrowhead Drive was rising leading to the draft.

"My position coach back at Georgia - me and him communicated a lot - he told me the Chiefs had great interest in me," Wilson said in a media conference call. "He was like, they're going to keep doing their research on me, he was like I may get blessed and they might pick me."

Total breakdown: Chiefs draft LB Ramik Wilson in fourth round from ESPN

My take: The Chiefs were hoping to grab an inside linebacker on the final day of the draft, and they got it done with their first pick Saturday with Wilson, a two-year starter at Georgia. The Chiefs can afford to wait for Wilson to develop because they have Derrick Johnson and Josh Mauga starting at inside linebacker. But if Wilson can help on special teams for now and eventually step into the starting lineup, he would be a good pick.

Chiefs close out 2015 NFL Draft by bolstering depth from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs bolstered the defensive line with the addition of Nunez-Roches, who played at Southern Mississippi under three different position coaches.

The 6-2, 307-pound Nunez-Roches can play defensive tackle or end, and that versatility caught the Chiefs' eye.

"I think this guy has got a lot of upside," said Dom Green, Chiefs assistant director of college scouting. "He missed the 2013 season with a foot injury, but he came back really well this year, played really well for them. When you cut on the tape, to see his motor and after all the things he's been through there, all the adversity, he plays the game you want it to be played."

Total breakdown: Chiefs draft LB D.J. Alexander in fifth round from ESPN

My take: Alexander is the second inside linebacker drafted by the Chiefs, following Ramik Wilson of Georgia in the fourth round. Clearly they are preparing for life after Derrick Johnson, who will be 33 this year and is in the final season of his contract.

Total breakdown: Chiefs draft TE James O'Shaughnessy in fifth round from ESPN

My take: The Chiefs wanted to draft a developmental tight end and got one with the second of their two fifth-round picks. O'Shaughnessy is from a small school and is clearly a project, but the Chiefs have Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris ahead of him on the depth chart, so there's not an immediate need.

Total breakdown: Chiefs draft DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches in sixth round from ESPN

My take: Nunez-Roches may never be a star or even a starter. That's OK because he was drafted with the final pick of the round. But if he can eventually develop into a competent player who merely doesn't let the Chiefs down when they provide a few snaps of rest to starting nose tackle Dontari Poe, then he would be a good pick. Poe has rarely come out of the lineup the past couple of seasons and may be showing the wear and tear from that kind of use.

Total breakdown: Chiefs draft WR Da'Ron Brown in seventh round from ESPN

My take: Brown was a productive player at something less than the best level of college football. He caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns last season as a senior, so there's something there. But Brown, who ran just 4.54 in the 40 at the combine, faces a tough battle to merely make the roster. The Chiefs also drafted Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley and may not have roster room for more than one rookie receiver.


At Oregon state as an outside backer, Alexander is a sure tackler, has tremendous speed and might end up being a solid special teams addition to the roster. What makes the under-sized linebacker so special; he finds the shortest path to the ball.

That's a key element in the NFL.

2015 NFL Draft winners & losers: Browns, Falcons, Chiefs nailed it from CBS Sports

I might be alone listing the Chiefs here as one of my "winners" from draft weekend, but I love what they did, adding two impact cornerbacks who will help right away with Washington's Marcus Peters and Oregon State's Steven Nelson. Kansas City also added an underrated offensive lineman out of Missouri, Mitch Morse, who can play any spot on the offensive line. The Chiefs drafted a pair of Bulldogs with wide receiver Chris Conleyand linebacker Ramik Wilson - Conley tested off the charts while Wilson had excellent production in the SEC. And then in the later rounds, Kansas City was able to snag Southern Miss defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches in the sixth round, which is an absolute steal. General manager John Dorsey and his crew had a great weekend.

Chiefs chairman Hunt: We're not crazy about the '15 schedule, either from FS Kansas City

Hunt also clarified (somewhat) the reasoning behind the Chiefs going overseas, that the NFL has mandated that any city that wins a bid to host a Super Bowl must give up a home game to the NFL International Series in the future. Hunt says the Chiefs are giving up the home game now with the hope it will be counted retroactively.

"(So) that when we get around to bidding for a Super Bowl," Hunt said, "we certainly will include in the bid that we've been to London already."


Though O'Shaughnessy isn't a premier blocking tight end; the Chiefs are convinced he can get the job done within their offensive scheme. But make no mistake about it; the kid can catch the ball.

At 6'4" in stature, he's a load to bring down once he makes the catch. Scouts praise his soft hands and the ability to get open in the middle of the field. Add those attributes, with enough girth to push his way off the line of scrimmage, the Chiefs probably made one of their better additions in day three of the NFL draft.

NIU's Da'Ron Brown Selected by Kansas City Chiefs from WIFR

NIU Head Coach Rod Carey, who saw Brown develop from a high school quarterback into an NFL receiver during his time with the Huskies, was happy to hear the news.

"I'm super excited for Da'Ron," Carey said. "He deserves it. He's worked his whole career for this moment and I couldn't be prouder of him. He made a position move from high school quarterback to college wide receiver, and that's a steep learning curve. As he matured, his work ethic grew to where this year he was our Team MVP."

Rakeem Nunez-Roches taken by Kansas City Chiefs in sixth round from WDAM

Nunez-Roches played and started in 11 games on the year and finished the season ranked sixth on the team in total tackles with 58 (32 solos) and first in tackles for loss with 14.0. The Dangriga, Belize, native was second on the team with seven quarterback hurries.

He added a blocked field goal at UTEP which turned into a Southern Miss return for a touchdown. Nunez-Roches, who completed his junior season in 2014, tallied a career-best 11 tackles at UTEP and had at least five stops in six games.

Manasseh Garner joins Kansas City Chiefs as undrafted free agent from Cardiac Hill

It's not his numbers that the Chiefs were interested in here - it's likely his versatility. Garner was able to transition to wide receiver after looking more impressive at tight end. I don't know where he'll end up in the pros, but it's difficult to see him as a wideout again.

Of all of Pitt's undrafted free agent hopefuls, Garner may not appear to have much of a shot of sticking with a team at first glace. But you have to look beyond the name and what he accomplished. It's all about finding a fit in the NFL and Garner has some versatility on his side.

Former St. John's star Dan Light signs with Kansas City Chiefs from The Worcester Telegram

Light, an All-America tight end at Fordham, was a three-time All-Patriot League first-team selection and finished his career as one of the top tight ends in Rams history.

Light, of Sutton, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a kickoff return in Fordham's 2014 regular-season finale. There was an outside chance Light would be taken in a late round during the final day of the NFL Draft Saturday, but he said in an interview last week that it would be more likely he would get his chance with an NFL team as a free agent.

Harding Wide Receiver Donatella Luckett to sign with Kansas City Chiefs from Harding University

Harding wide receiver Donatella Luckett went undrafted in this weekend's NFL Draft but will sign a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gardner-Webb's Kenny Cook Signs Free Agent Deal With Kansas City Chiefs from

Gardner-Webb All-America receiver Kenny Cook signed a preferred free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday afternoon.

Cook (Cross Hill, S.C. / Clinton HS) played three seasons for the Runnin' Bulldogs, finishing his career with 188 catches for 2,432 yards and 21 touchdowns in 33 games. He caught at least one pass in each game of his career and finished as the career receptions per game leader - hauling in 5.7 per game.

He is the first Gardner-Webb receiver to sign with an NFL club since Dobson Collins signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2009.

Undrafted GWU wideout signs quickly with NFL's Chiefs from The Shelby Star

Cook had worked out at Spangler Stadium before more than 10 NFL scouts back in March and expected to sign as a free agent if his name wasn't called. Some had projected him to go as high as the sixth round.

The Runnin' Bulldog standout has a history of rising to the challenge. His sophomore year in high school he was diagnosed with Hodgkins' Disease, a form of cancer, but beat the odds and continued to prosper during his athletic career.

UGA LB Ramik Wilson Goes to Kansas City from ATL All Day

The Kansas City Chiefs select University of Georgia's tackling machine LB Ramik Wilson with the 118th overall pick.  Wilson joins teammate Chris Conley in KC to play for Andy Reid.  Apparently the Chiefs love them some Dawgs, as Wilson and Conley join former teammates QB Aaron Murray and All-Pro pass rusher Justin Houston in Kansas City.  All three UGA players picked thus far will now suit up in the Show Me State.

Former Oregon State Beavers agree to undrafted free-agent deals: Live updates from The Oregonian

Ty Zimmerman, safety: Kansas City Chiefs

A three-year starter in the secondary, Zimmerman led the Beavers with 91 tackles in 2014 and added three interceptions, two pass breakups, one sack and one quarterback hurry. He joins college teammates Nelson and Alexander in Kansas City.

Stony Brook's Will Tye, Adrian Coxson get shots at NFL from Newsday

Though neither Will Tye nor Adrian Coxson became the first player in Stony Brook history to be drafted by the NFL, both will have the chance to play in the league.

Coxson, a wide receiver from Baltimore, signed with the Green Bay Packers Saturday and Tye, a tight end from Middletown, Connecticut, received an invite to Kansas City Chiefs minicamp, according to multiple reports.

Utah football: Dres Anderson headed to San Francisco, plus more Utes undrafted free agent destinations from The Salt Lake Tribune

TE Westlee Tonga, Kansas City Chiefs • The 26-year-old Texan agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to his agent. Tonga helped improve his stock with positive measurables and workouts, and he joins former Utes Alex Smith and Sean Smith in Kansas City. Tonga caught 30 passes for 391 yards last year with four touchdowns.

MSU's Wells surprises, selected by Super Bowl champs from The Jackson Clarion Ledger

In the secondary, Jay Hughes signed with the St. Louis Rams and Justin Cox signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Manning signs free agent contract with Chiefs from The St. Joseph News-Press

Then the phone calls started flowing in.

The Cowboys wanted to sign him as the draft was still going, then the Rams, Giants, Packers and Chiefs all expressed interest after the final round concluded.

Manning and agent Joseph Clayborne surveyed their options, looking at depth charts and doing the math on which teams would be most likely to bring on more secondary players after training camp. Finally, it was time to make a decision, one which Northwest fans will no doubt enjoy.

A native of Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis, Manning admitted the Chiefs fever in Maryville had started to wear on him by his fifth and final year playing for the Bearcats.

"I kind of jokingly said that I'm a Kansas City Chiefs fan now that I moved to Maryville," he said. "Last year I bought an Eric Berry jersey, so it's almost like my home away from home and it's going to be pretty cool to be in Kansas City."

FOOTBALL: Banning's Smith drafted by Bengals in sixth round from The Press-Enterprise

Nine locals agreed to sign with teams as undrafted free agents shortly after the draft concluded. Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson (Riverside North) agreed to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona wide receiver Austin Hill (Eastvale Roosevelt) agreed with the Seattle Seahawks, Iowa State defensive lineman David Irving (San Jacinto) with the Kansas City Chiefs...

Three Rebels Sign with NFL Teams from WTOK

Ole Miss' presence in the National Football League is being further bolstered this weekend. After Senquez Golson was drafted in the second round on Friday, three more Rebels are signing with NFL clubs.
Cody Prewitt is signing with the Tennessee Titans, Carlos Thompson with the Houston Texans and Bo Wallace with the Kansas City Chiefs.

TSU, Vanderbilt, WKU players sign as free agents from The Tennessean

Vanderbilt: Defensive tackle Vince Taylor received an invitation to Oakland Raiders' rookie mini-camp, and long-snapper Andrew East agreed to a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Draft recap: Bulldogs end up with five draft selections from The Macon Telegraph

The Chiefs will be getting one of the most productive linebackers in the SEC the past two seasons in Ramik Wilson.

The Tampa, Florida, native, who was drafted in the fourth round with the 118th overall pick, led the SEC in total tackles in 2013 (133 tackles) and finished sixth in the conference in 2014 (110). Wilson was a two-year starter at Georgia, an Associated Press first-team All-SEC selection in 2013 and a second-team selection in 2014.

Chiefs grab Nunez-Roches in 6th round of NFL Draft fromThe Hattiesburg American

Rakeem Nunez-Roches spent part of his Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Georgia, in search of a Kansas City Chiefs cap.

The former Southern Miss standout didn't have much luck in that department but it didn't dampen his spirits. Earlier Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 307-pound native of Belize was selected by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, becoming the fourth former Golden Eagle in as many years to be taken in the annual event.

One of the greats: Waco High's Derrick Johnson to be honored from The Waco Tribune

"He was tall and lanky, maybe 175 to 180 pounds at the time," said Tusa, now the athletic director for Waco ISD. "But the thing you really couldn't help but notice was the unbelievable instincts he had. Hoo-boy, he was fast. When Derrick wanted to get from point A to point B, it was sudden."

The Waco High coaches installed DJ as a starter at outside linebacker his sophomore year, then cut him loose and delighted in watching him go. Quite rapidly, a dynamic football career commenced. Johnson would twice be named a Parade All-American for the Lions before moving on to equally dynamic careers for the University of Texas and the Kansas City Chiefs, his current team.

Joe Montana to appear at News-Leader prep sports event from The Springfield News-Leader

Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana is coming to Springfield next month to headline a salute to the best high school athletes in southwest Missouri.

Montana will appear June 4 at Best of SW Missouri Preps, an event to celebrate the people behind the stories of the 2014-2015 year in high school sports. It's the Springfield News-Leader's way to thank the players, coaches and fans in our community who shared their stories with us throughout the year.

Andy Reid Wore His Best Shirt for the NFL Draft's Third Day from The Big Lead

Say what you want about the aesthetics of such a garment, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach looks darn comfortable.

Great work here from the shirt-maker ensuring that both a normal and big-and-tall sized individual can rock the subtle team gear with confidence.

Former Palm Desert star D.J. Alexander drafted by Chiefs from The Desert Sun

"You know, the amazing thing about him is what he's overcome to get to where he is now," Blackburn said. "He's a great kid, and a great football player who has worked really hard for his opportunities."

After more than 20 years of coaching at the school, Blackburn on Saturday was able to celebrate the first of his Aztec players to be drafted into the NFL, when the player now known as D.J. Alexander was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round with the 172nd overall pick.

"You get that phone call," Alexander said, "and you talk to the coach and the GM and see your name on the (television) screen, it's a feeling you can't describe."

ISU's O'Shaughnessy taken by Chiefs in fifth round from

"It was really kind of a surreal thing. I hadn't heard much and wasn't expecting much," O'Shaughnessy said. "A couple tight ends came off the board in the fifth round, and I had a sneaky feeling I might have the chance to get drafted soon."

O'Shaughnessy spoke with Kansas City head coach Andy Reid among others. While on the phone with Reid, his name was announced on the draft telecast and family and friends at his Naperville home erupted in celebration.

"I visited the Chiefs. I knew they liked me, but I didn't know how much," said O'Shaughnessy. "I was ecstatic. I never expected this a couple years ago or even earlier this year. I'm extremely fortunate to get this opportunity."

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