The 9 most overlooked Kansas City Chiefs players

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Robert Golden
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Robert Golden /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 24: Tight end A.J. Derby
KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 24: Tight end A.J. Derby /

Eric Murray, safety

As soon as the Kansas City Chiefs selected Texas A&M safety Armani Watts in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft, it felt like the majority of Chiefs Kingdom had already slotted him in at free safety next to Eric Berry. Unfortunately for Watts, at least, it won’t be that easy.

Eric Murray is also a former fourth round pick who also happens to play free safety, the very role vacated by Ron Parker after his release from the team. There will be a new starter, yes, but it doesn’t belong to Watts, at least not yet.

It’s important to remember that last season was largely Murray’s first real chance to show what he can do on the field. He largely sat on defense during his rookie campaign behind Parker, Sorensen and other veterans, as he only 64 defensive snaps on the year (even cornerback D.J. White had double that amount). Last season that total climbed to 438.

Murray didn’t exactly grade out well last year, so there’s a reason why he’s being overlooked. He had the best chance he will ever have to lay claim to a starting role in the NFL and he missed it. That said, he’s still young, talented and the chance is there again in front of him with some new competition in Watts.