Four Potential Cuts The Chiefs May Keep An Eye On

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November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31, right) defends against Denver Broncos cornerback Omar Bolden (31, left) during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

At the end of last preseason the Chiefs started what they called a “second draft” in which they poached some of the players other teams were trying to send to their practice squads. The biggest catch from this period was Marcus Cooper, who is now one of the two primary starting cornerbacks for the Chiefs and was last year’s Chiefs Rookie of the Year.

While the Chiefs roster is in much better shape now than it was a year ago, there are still plenty of areas the team could use a prospect or two. Saddled with only six picks in this year’s draft, it was difficult for the Chiefs to add depth at certain positions like defensive line, wide receiver, and linebacker.

One way to combat this problem is to have another “second draft.” This past draft was one of the deeper ones in recent memory so one would think there will be some good players who will not make a roster at the end of August. In a blind attempt to look ahead at some of the players the Chiefs may be targeting, let’s look at some seventh round picks the Chiefs may be interested in should they be cut by their current team.

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  • berttheclock

    A little this coming season from last year. The Chiefs will have the 24th spot for claiming waiver wire players until the middle of October. Perhaps, it might be better to see what players go on taxi squads and try to sign whomever they want. However, if that player is signed, he must be added to the 53 man roster If he is later cut, he can be signed to any other team’s taxi squad.

    In the case of Janis, look for the Chiefs to have a great deal in observing his play for the Packers in the last preseason game. But, he might not be available at 24 on the waiver wire.

  • Reggie Flenory

    GReat job ben neilsen you hit another home run with this article especially for this time of yr when there would be seemingly nothing much to talk about very good food for thought

  • Nick the Kick

    No way any of these guys get through to 24 on the waiver wire. One guy who GB took undraftedd that might scare enough teams off is Oregon te Colt Lylera who had huge off field issues and big physical gifts.

  • tm1946

    Likely candidates if we did not have cap problems. Still need to sign Smith and Houston, no money left for extra items. Like the idea of claiming them of taxi squads but got to believe Dorsey will be guarding what is left in the Chiefs vault right now.

    • berttheclock

      Any of these pickups will be in the $555,000 range. Perhaps a few bake sales in Leawood and car washes in Lee’s Summit could be enough to sign them.

  • Roger Mihalko

    No problem with scoping out Potential prospects, but more articles on the players we have on the roster would help the fans get to know and cheer for. Might help elevate a player on the bubble to get some attention he might not have otherwise gotten. Fans can root for them at camp or in social media.

    Free Safety…. Unsettled spot, some competition, not very clear.

    Berry ? Abdullah? ( I think he is to slow, and is more of a SS), Commings? Parker maybe?

    What about Sean Smith? he was in major dog house… second team after his dimwitted DUI scenario. What next with him…. since most the media has died on that for the moment, whats next? Court continued until end of season? If he doesn’t have court can the NFL Still fine/suspend him since the charges arent confirmed? Is someone going to coach him up on playing tighter to the receiver, better angles so he is not gambling so much and getting burned? Or a wild thought he is big, 6.3, 4.5 speed does he fit profile to play Safety? or can we Clockwork orange him with film of Sherman, Revis, and other DB’s Play to help him get better?


    Seattle…. Cam Chancellor… is pretty burly at 6.3 (232), 4.6 40 Strong safety, Sherman is 6.3, 4.5 40 Cornerback…. Thomas is 5.10, 4.4 40 at FS,

    Save Owens, which I see him not making roster, all our DB’s are 5.11 thru to 6.3 and we have a lot who can fit these roles.

    Eric Berry is 6.0 with 4.4 40 speed, he could slide to Free safety and be the Earl Thomas role. Smith is 6.3 with 4.5 40 speed, he is our Sherman, and Marcus Cooper is 6.1 to 6.2 with 4.4 40 speed he matches up size and speed with any of the other Seattle CB.

    One problem is Kam Chancellor, he is a freak at 6.3 232 playing Strong Safety, He is = or bigger than half the Linebackers.

    Chiefs options, Abdullah 6.0 foot 202 4.6 4.7 speed at strong safety, or maybe a depth Linebacker turn strong safety with the height? Deron Furr 6.3 (225) 4.6 to 4.7 speed, has College time at FS, SS, Linebacker, He is defiantly a Kam Chancellor type physically…. or Josh Martin is 6.3 (245) 4.6 to 4.7 speed ( if he slimmed down 10lbs might be quicker).

    Pretty lengthy article on Furr here, sounds like a good kid, and talented:

    Inside Linebacker

    Joe May…. not a fan on multiple levels (questionable hits, Injury prone, not great at any kind of coverage, undersized.

    I know we have a good bit of Linebackers on roster, All those named johnson for example… Might be something to talk about there.

    Wide Receiver….. Beyond Bowe???

    During OTA’s and Minicamp, the Slot receiver seemed to be most the articles

    • berttheclock

      Hard to grasp the fact that both Chancellor and Sherman were fifth round draft choices and Seattle had to trade a guard to Detroit for the pick which landed Chancellor. That is great GM evaluation and much more than pure dumb luck.

    • KCMikeG

      Really liked Josh Martin in Camp last year as a pass rusher. Not sure of his coverage skills but like how you think.

  • Rich Cooper

    First being “saddled” with only six draft picks is only one less than normal draft situation. I know what is being stated, it’s just being a bit overstated IMO. Given current WR situation the Chiefs should look at or evaluate every cut across the league. Where can we find help? Thankfully, we have a GM who will leave no stone unturned. Wouldn’t this team look great with a Calvin Johnson type on the roster. We have to draft WRs to find someone even 60% of this talent let alone have the chance of developing into anything resembling him. The key is developing big and fast guys with hand skills. Too bad you can’t teach speed! Hopefully Dorsey can continue to find talent at all positions; and when a rare physical talent presents itself at any position our guys pounce. A la this years 1st round pick at DE/OLB

  • KCMikeG

    If the Colts let Andrew Jackson go or the Ravens let Xavius Boyd go we should jump all over the pair of WKU LB’s who show great potential.