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Chiefs Work Out Former Basketball Player


The Kansas City Chiefs are turning over every stone they can find looking for potential players ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, the Chiefs, along with a number of other NFL teams, are interested in former basketball star Demetrius Harris.

From the MWJS:

Shortly after the Panthers’ 8-24 season, the Kansas City Chiefs called Jeter inquiring about Harris’ interest in football.

John Dorsey, the Chiefs’ new general manager, was scouting for the Green Bay Packers two years ago when someone at an all-star game in Little Rock, Ark., told him to make a note about an all-state football player from Jacksonville, Ark., who was playing basketball up north.

“I put him on my Franklin day calendar to explore this guy two years down the road,” said Dorsey, who resigned Jan. 12 as the Packers’ director of football operations. “That’s what I did, and there he is.”

Chiefs area scout Ryan Kessenich, a Madison native and 2006 graduate of UWM, put Harris through his paces April 5 on campus at Engelmann Field, the Panthers’ soccer stadium, and the Klotsche Center.

According to the Chiefs, Harris ran 40 yards in 4.52 seconds to go with a vertical jump of 36½ inches and a broad jump of 10-2.

Harris has played football before, just not in college. He was a wide receiver on his high school football team.

Harris wouldn’t be the first former basketball player to make it as a TE in the NFL. San Diego Chargers TE and future Hall of Famer, Antonio Gates, played only basketball at Kent State. Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints also played basketball.

Right now Harris is just trying to get some team to take a chance on him with a late-round pick. Based on his skill set, however, he will almost certainly get a chance to go to camp with a team.

The Chiefs brought Harris in for a visit last Thursday and Friday.

What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs use a late-round pick on a raw prospect like Harris?

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  • chiefridgy

    There was also that one TE who played basketball …..what’s his name? Oh ya….Tony Gonzales!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dingman.5 Jordan Dingman

      My exact thought reading this was why did a chiefs article not include gonzalez as a tight end that use to play bball lol. But id love to see them use a late rd that honestly i dont care about on this guy that could fly under radars

    • redchiefs

      How could an AA writer not mention Tony G? duh. BTW, how could they leave out his height / weight?

      • caseychief

        6’7″ 230 lbs.

    • sidibeke

      And thus the slam dunk over the crossbar.

    • redchiefs

      I’m going to reply again, here we have a Chiefs blog site, about the Chiefs visiting with a basketball player. Then they never mention Tony Gonzales? Dude dropped the ball, so to speak didn’t he?

      Kind of ironic, Tony Gonzales never dropped the ball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffreyinnis Jeff Innis

    I’m reading this and wondering why the greatest tight end ever, who happened to also be a Chief, wasn’t cited as one of the former basketball players. He was a decent player at a major University…..

  • thabear04

    To the ship

  • Kurt Rauch

    The all important question comes to mind: what are his numbers after he takes a few hits?

  • Michael Shaw

    OOOOHHHHHH Paddy, you are going to get SO much crap for not putting the greatest Tight End in football history in this article!!!! Otherwise known as Tony Gonzales!

  • ArrowFan

    UDFA most likely

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.messina.75 Thomas Messina

    Got to wonder if we do not get to much insider info? What if the Chiefs would have liked to keep this guy under wraps for a late round pick? Is to much info as bad as no info? 32 teams In a league have their radar out for every guy who might help but less said about each the better the chance our team could find that guy.

    Or a smoke screen, to get another team to waste a pic on a kid will no real chance?

    • Chief Hokie

      I could buy a smoke screen for a 1st round pick but not for bottom of the draft guys.

  • BigMark901

    Dude shouldn’t write another article!!!