Demarquis Gates, linebacker, Birmingham Stallions
A prominent theme throughout this list is players who will be appearing in the final game of the USFL season. Adding winners to the Kansas City culture is paramount in continuing the current trend of success, and Demarquis Gates does exactly that.
While his collegiate career wasn’t highlighted by great team success, with Ole Miss repeatedly finishing in the middle of the SEC pack during his time, Gates played a huge role in the success they did have. In his final two seasons with the Rebels he recorded 193 tackles, 15.5 for a loss, and 6 sacks.
He went undrafted in 2018, but was signed by the Cleveland Browns. He has never cracked a 53-man roster in the NFL, but has spent time on three practice squads (CLE, WAS, and MIN), and has played in the AAF, CFL, XFL, and now the USFL.
As another player who has just refused to give up, he recorded 6.5 sacks, 62 total tackles, and hauled in an interception this year. Again, as a linebacker, he doesn’t fill the Chiefs’ most pressing need, but brings a great deal of experience and demonstrable production to the table.
We will find out shortly whether or not the Chiefs will actually decide to dip their toes in the USFL talent pool, but given their current needs, and a notable lack of available NFL talent to add, it should come as no surprise if they chose to do so.