Chiefs Select Mike Catapano In The Seventh Round Of The 2013 NFL Draft

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claps as New England Patriots former lineman Joe Andruzzi (not pictured) speaks during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs used their final pick of the 2013 NFL Draft to select Princeton DE Mike Catapano.

From NFL.com:

At Princeton’s pro day, Catapano ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds).

To be honest I am surprised the Chiefs haven’t looked at a DE before now. KC lost Glenn Dorsey in free agency so I thought they might like to add a little depth.

Here is a scouting report from The National Football Post:

STRENGTHS – Catapano is a big defensive end, especially at the Ivy League level. He shows good agility and power through contact. He has reasonable first-step quickness and adequate speed and power around the edge at the turn point. Catapano uses speed to get to the quarterback and while it works against lesser competition, he lacks a secondary move to get home. In run defense, he works to the ball and won’t give up. He will hold his ground when the ball is run at him, and he locates it well enough to find it when it goes away from him. As a power pass rusher, he does an average job of recognizing and reading run versus pass, but his primary focus is on getting to the quarterback.

WEAKNESSES – Catapano looks stiff at times and can struggle to change direction, and teams can use his aggression against him if they allow him to take himself up the field. He does not show great explosiveness and while his first step is very quick, he doesn’t possess great closing speed. He struggles to shed blockers, even at the lower level of competition. When he makes plays it is because he is relentless and outworks the opposition. Even though he shows violent hands when he uses them, he doesn’t use them consistently and at times he can struggle to shed blockers.

Check out his full scouting report at NFP.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Lyle Graversen

    I love this pick. Here’s a bit from NFLDraftScout:

    “Well-built with very good muscle definition and plays as strong as he looks, manhandling blockers and tossing them with ease. Plays fast at all times with a motor that never quits. Makes up for lack of great leverage with his hustle and effort. He always knows where the ball is, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets there.”

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Love this pick!

    High-motor guy, strong as an ox, quick first step…
    I’m curious if the Chiefs see him as a 5-tech or an OLB, but he’ll contribute either way. I had him on my shortlist when the day started. Glad to have him!

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