Highlighting the Chiefs’ Top Undrafted Rookies (image: Byron Pringle)
The Chiefs added plenty of undrafted rookies in the week following the draft. It’s a fairly underwhelming group, but a few players stand out as guys that had a real shot at being drafted who slid.
QB Chase Litton, Marshall
I’ve never been a Matt McGloin fan. Litton could prove to be the second coming of Tyler Bray, but like Bray once upon a time, Litton has size and a big arm worth developing. He clearly should not have entered the draft after his junior year (like Bray) but if he shows any ability at all in the preseason, he should be kept on the roster as the third QB over McGloin.
TE Blake Mack, Arkansas State
An H-back, receiving type of TE, I think he could make the team and play right away if for no other reason than the lack of certainty and talent at the position behind Travis Kelce. While he isn’t going to make hay as a blocker, he very well could be the second best receiver in the TE group.
ILB Ben Niemann, Iowa
A very productive player at Iowa who was overshadowed by Josie Jewell, Niemann seems like a player who could stick around. He ran a 4.6 at his pro day and had the Patriots sniffing around. I could see him being stashed on the practice squad this year and maybe getting on the 53 man squad if injuries occur.
WR Byron Pringle, Kansas State
He will turn 25 during the season, which is probably the main stat that hurt his draft stock. He has decent size and speed, and is clearly motivated to play ball after running afoul of the law in his younger years. The time in Manhattan with Coach Snyder has done him a world of good. He was one of the best kickoff returners in the country last year and that is a spot the Chiefs could use a spark. He could jump in front of a few other young receivers on the team for a roster spot as a result.
CB Arrion Springs, Oregon
The guy breaks up a lot of passes and got better each year in a pass-heavy PAC 12. Who makes the team at CB is anyone’s guess at this point and Springs has a shot to play early if he out-performs all the other unproven commodities in camp.
CB D’Montre Wade, Murray State
Four year starter for a smaller program, like Springs, Wade has a chance to earn early playing time due to the lack of proven options at the position.
RB Darrel Williams, LSU
They may have found a gem here. The team recently released Akeem Hunt, but even with him out of the picture, the team is still mighty deep in the backfield with Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West all returning and another pair of Williams’s added in free agency (Damien and Kerwynn). Perhaps they can hide this kid on the practice squad this year, but the only thing he truly lacks is speed. He could surprise in the preseason.