“Well, we weren’t going there,” Reid told WHB-FM in Kansas City this week. “I actually was on the phone with Nick Saban from Alabama before that day ever started, so that’s just not the direction. We had pinpointed (Alabama linebacker) Nico (Johnson) and that’s who we were going after.
“I know how rumors start and how people justify picks and all this other stuff, but I think if you look at our roster, we’ve got Akeem Jordan at middle linebacker; that’s the only player that we have there. … That rumor started and I heard it, and I had to laugh at it. That wasn’t even in the picture.”
Who did the Kansas City Chiefs bring in as an undrafted free agent? Here is the list (alphabetical order by last name):
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Dayne Crist, QB, Kansas
Darin Drakeford, LB, Maryland
E.J. Epperson, DE, Ole Miss
Frankie Hammond, WR, Florida
Demetrius Harris, (basketball player), UW-Milwaukee
A.J. Hawkins, OL, Ole Miss.
CJ Jones, DB, Texas A&M
Kaderius Lacey, RB, Alabama A&M
TJ Knowles, TE, Sacramento State
Rob Lohr, DL, Vanderbilt
Brad Madison, DE, Missouri
Josh Martin, DE/OLB, Columbia
Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas
Josh Martin, OLB, Columbia
Toben Opurum, DE/LB, Kansas
Rico Richardson, WR, Jacksonville State
Jordan Roberts, RB, Charleston
Raheem Stanley, DT, New Haven
Darryl Stonum, WR, Michigan
“I was shocked that they drafted me, but I’m thankful,” he said. “All of my stress went away. At least somebody believed in me. I just can’t wait to showcase what I can do.”
Three days later, Johnson said the news that he’s a pro football player still is soaking in.
“Now I’ve got the mindset that I want to go out and earn everything that was given to me,” he said. “I have to earn respect from my new teammates and coaches. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.”
When he reports next Thursday for rookie minicamp, the Chiefs might think he’s already wearing shoulder pads.
“I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder,” said Johnson, who was typecast as a run-stopper at Alabama because he was replaced by C.J. Mosley in passing situations. “It was already there before the end of the season. I can’t wait. I’m so motivated right now to go out and do my best, a whole lot more than what people think.”
The Chiefs have an abundance of bodies to play on the offensive line, though no one with the proven ability to play left tackle like Albert can. Fisher may get to that point and beyond soon, but the fact is he’s not there yet. Trading Albert is still a possibility, but from all appearances, not a good one. So assuming Albert stays and shows up at some point, he’s their best left tackle, and putting him there allows the Chiefs to avoid the potentially messy situation he could otherwise create.
Reading between the lines a little bit here, but it seems the Chiefs like Jeff Allen better as a tackle than a guard. Why else would the Chiefs look at Allen, last year’s second-round draft pick, at a different position during the recent minicamp than the one he played as a rookie? Sure, the Chiefs were short on tackles at that point before they drafted Fisher, but for the time being, at least, I’m going to believe they like Schwartz better at guard than Allen.
Although neither was selected this past weekend during the NFL Draft, Knowles and McMahon were invited to the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers mini camps, respectively.
Last season, Knowles received all-Big Sky Conference honorable mention with 38 catches for 381 yards and five touchdowns.
“I never really I had an opportunity to play at the next level,” Knowles said. “I’m excited to get out there and show them what I can do.”
Although Knowles got calls from both the Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals, he said he was hoping he would go to Kansas City because he felt more comfortable with them, having already attended one of their private workouts.
Before coming to Sac State, Knowles played for the University of South Florida and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.