Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Catapano (53) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Catapano Is Huge (And Still Quick)

Mike Catapano is huge.

The Kansas City Chiefs seventh round draft pick from a year ago has added nearly 30 pounds since this time last year and looks to have maintained his quickness in the process. Catapano has been working out with Chuck Smith, a former NFL lineman, over the offseason and Smith posted this video to Instagram of one of Catapano’s workouts.

Anybody else starting to get super excited about Catapano?

Part of the issue the last two general managers of the Chiefs had was being able to develop late round picks into solid contributors. Not only are those players financially beneficial to the team but they also add the kind of depth a team needs if they are going to advance far in the playoffs. The more of these guys the Chiefs can develop then the less money they will have to spend in free agency to fill holes, which should allow John Dorsey to keep more of the Chiefs quality players.

Kansas City could definitely use a breakout-type season from Catapano as a rotational pass rusher from the defensive line. A lack of depth to the pass rush showed up at the end of last season and it resulted in a lot of bad things for the defense. If Catapano can join a mix with Dontari Poe, Vance Walker, and Allen Bailey then the Chiefs would have four solid pass rushing options to put on the defensive line. And since Catapano has added all of this weight he may not be as much of a liability against the run.

Hopefully all of this work pays off for Catapano because the Chiefs could really use it.




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  • berttheclock

    Ah, what a season awaits us. A new “CAT” on defense and a new “DAT” on offense.

    On this Bastille Day of July 14, the storming of the Bastille long ago was similar to the great fans of the Chiefs storming One Arrowhead and demanding the head of Scott Pioli. No, Scott did not end up in a tumbrell, but, he did flee and the new regime has made some great moves, since then, especially, in the CAT and DAT variety.

    • freshmeat62

      And from that came Napoleon, kind of a flash in the pan, but one hell of a run while he lasted. Hopefully we’ll have our emperors of Arrowhead conquering on foreign fields of battle. I’d be happy as a lark if the Chiefs could have Napoleons almost 11 years of dominance.

  • berttheclock

    One huge difference between these modern times and the glory days of the sixties for the Chiefs. In the days of old, players had to find ways to earn money during the off season. Look back at those who went to Texas and worked in the oil fields. Modern days are proving to be a time when off season becomes a much needed self improvement time if any player really wants to keep his job in the Bigs. In addition, the days of just kicking back and getting out of shape are over. Glad to see the self motivation of such as Catapano who only wants to improve.

  • Michael Shaw

    So is the elbow to the side of the offensive lineman legal or will it draw a flag?? Either way, holy crap stay outta this kids way!!!

  • berttheclock

    I believe his new nickname should be “D-Nine”, as in a D-9 caterpillar. Now, if only Dorsey can find more of such for the O-line.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Maybe he did in Fulton and Duvernay-Tardif?

  • berttheclock

    One other thing about Chuck Smith working with Catapano is they worked together in the summers when Catapano attended Princeton. Smith is credited with the vast improvement of Cat. But, just think of another possibility for him. Short and goal for the Chiefs and he comes in as he did in High School as a fullback.

    • ChiefTucson

      Wow that’s an interesting idea – how about Dantari Poe also!

  • mnelson52

    That was a quick move. I had to look twice to see what he did, as I was caught off guard the first time. If he is just as fast and deceiving with other moves, he will be a great asset this year.

    • Calchiefsfan

      I’ve watched a lot of football and that spin move was scary fast. I hope he can do that with pads against opposing tackles.

  • tmahawk

    I think id rather have Catapano starting over any of them. I just have feeling about this guy. next Justin Smith

  • Calchiefsfan

    Whenever you see a player that wants it that bad you can’t help but get optimistic.

  • Roger Mihalko

    I hope he becomes a ferocious QB eating, Run stuffing maniac, what makes life a living hell for Backs, both QB and running!!!Lead, Follow, or get out of the way man!!! ITS QB STOMP’N TIME…. RRRRRAAAAAWWWWRRRRR!!!