One of the most impressive aspects of John Dorsey's tenure was his ability to find hidden gems in unexpected places. When the Chiefs held the No. 1 overall spot in the waiver order entering the 2013 season, it meant that they had first dibs on any player waived before the regular season began. Positioned there at the mouth of the river of hundreds of roster cuts, Dorsey came away with numerous waiver claims that helped the team.
One of his best finds from that time was safety Ron Parker.
Parker began his career as a small-school product from Newberry who had earned some real love from the Seattle Seahawks front office. They originally signed him in 2011 and tried to keep him around but he was released and the Raiders came calling. The next year, the Seahawks signed him again only to see the Panthers claim him in 2012. Then in 2013, Parker still couldn't quite make it onto the Seahawks active roster and the Chiefs came calling.
Originally a cornerback, Parker earned a place on the Chiefs roster as part of Dorsey's overhaul along with other young defensive backs like Marcus Cooper, Phillip Gaines, and Husain Abdullah. It wasn't long until he hit free agency and Dorsey brought him back on a five-year deal in free agency, this time as a starting safety.
Eventually Parker would play in 94 games over the course of six years with the Chiefs, an incredible run for a player who was a preseason waiver claim. He's not talked about a lot as a player but Parker was a fixture for the Chiefs and should be remembered as such.