During the NFL Draft, teams are not only trying to figure out which players they will select, but also keeping in touch with the ones they want as an undrafted free agent as soon as the seventh round is over.
One example is Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish. The Chiefs were in contact with him as the draft was winding down (as were the San Diego Chargers, who were in the lead for his services) before he was drafted as Mr. Irrelevant by the Indianapolis Colts.
Another is Nebraska WR Brandon Kinnie. He says there were five teams that were expressing interest in his services before he decided on the Chiefs.
“I got calls from Oakland, New Orleans, New England, Washington, but my agent said Kansas City was really pressing, that they really wanted me and then they called me to say the same thing. So I took their opportunity, and I’m ready to make the best of it.”
I’m sure familiarity with the area didn’t hurt matters any. Kinnie played his high school football at Grandview with Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman.
He’ll also get a chance to compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. The Chiefs selected two receivers in the draft – Devon Wylie and Junior Hemingway – and signed another – Josh Bellamy – as an undrafted free agent.
Veteran holdovers Terrance Copper and Jeremy Horne will be trying to push back the youth movement during training camp.