Miami may have the sunny beaches, Los Angeles may have the Hollywood scenery, New York City may have massive buildings, but Kansas City has some sight-seeing too. Just ask one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ undrafted free agent signings, offensive lineman Darryl Williams.
“Kansas City is a great city, I’ve been to Kansas City before,” Williams revealed in his press conference. “I had went with my family just to see sights, and I fell in love with it.”
Not only is the former Mississippi State center a fan of his new home; he’s also considered one of the best signings of the Chiefs’ undrafted free agent class.
Williams started 38 games over three years as a Bulldog and allowed only two sacks in his career, according to Pro Football Focus. He moved to center before his senior season after two years at left guard, showing the trait of versatility that the Chiefs tend to covet.
“We talked about it but we haven’t really solidified what spot I’ll be playing,” Williams shared. “I’m just going in there and competing at a high level, continue to do the things that I do.”
The 6-foot-2, 304-pound 22-year-old does what he does by enjoying the essence of the trenches in football — and playing by a motivational acronym.
“I’m a guy that loves to dominate people,” Williams proclaimed. “We got a saying in the offensive line room back at Mississippi State, it’s called M.T.M.W. It means Make They Momma Worried. It’s something that I enjoy doing, I want to go out on the field each and every day and impose my will for 60 minutes and be the best lineman I can be.”
Williams is the fifth Mississippi State Bulldog on the Chiefs’ current roster — and the second on the offensive line along with third-year lineman Martinas Rankin. Two of the others are defensive lineman Chris Jones and Braxton Hoyett.
Then there’s the other member of the 2020 rookie class: Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. The Chiefs’ second-round pick was a difference-maker in his time on the field in college. Williams recalled some fond memories.
“Ah man, me and Willie [Gay Jr.] had our days at practice at Mississippi State, it was awesome,” a laughing Williams excitedly told reporters. “A guy that came in and compete at a high level every and every day, a guy that made me better. A guy that made me compete at a high level. There’s gonna be a lot of talk between him and me, he’s a guy that brings the juice so I look forward to it.”
He went on to talk about Gay’s impact on the team — showing the respect Gay earned from his teammate despite a physical altercation with another offensive player.
“[He’s] a guy that’s going to come in and compete at a high level, a guy that’s going to bring the energy, bring the juice. That’s something he did at Mississippi State, he got us going each and every day. A guy that’s going to bring work ethic. I think that’s a blue-collar person, a guy that’s always going to work his tail off each and every day compete at a high level. Kansas City’s getting a great guy.”
Gay isn’t the only Chiefs teammate that Williams admired aloud. He talked about how he’s been learning from the current starters on the offensive line.
“Just watching those guys on film, it’s been truly a blessing to be able to just try and learn the technique they use to keep defenders off their bodies and keep Patrick Mahomes safe,” Williams explained. “It’s really been an awesome deal in our virtual meetings, to be able to just really break down the film, break down the plays, things of that nature. To just really learn the scheme, the concept, how we want to do things in Kansas City.”
You can already tell the rookie is embracing the red and gold. He admitted that the Chiefs contacted him during the draft and let him know that they were targeting him once it all concluded. There had been constant communication between both parties during the entire pre-draft process — and Williams was an admirer from a spectator’s viewpoint as well.
“I think Kansas City is a family atmosphere,” Williams stated. “I really enjoy when you watch games on TV and you can really see the family atmosphere, not just from the players but the fans as well. It’s really truly been a blessing to be able to sit there and watch how Kansas City has grown and how they treat each other like family.”
All this makes up a great fit for the aspiring rookie — and I haven’t even mentioned the fact that they’re the defending Super Bowl champions. He was asked to imagine how he would feel if he knew he’d be on the Chiefs back during February’s game.
“I wouldn’t know what to tell myself. I’m still shocked right now that I even got the opportunity.”
The opportunity will be a significant one. Considering the Chiefs’ history of developing late-round linemen, Williams should be paid attention to in the competition on the offensive interior this offseason.