The Kansas City Chiefs completed their 2013 draft class with the selection of Princeton LB Mike Catapano with the 207th pick, the first of the seventh round.
Catapano was an All-Ivy first team defensive end, but will convert to outside linebacker for the Chiefs. During his time at Princeton he recorded 145 tackles and 29 sacks, including 12 in 2012, leading the Ivy League.
His 4.75 40 time at his pro day would have been the 14th best among linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine. Other stats from his workout were impressive, including 37.5″ (2nd) vertical and 33 reps (4th) on the bench press.
Though there isn’t much proven depth outside beyond starters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, Catapano will have a tougher road to a roster spot than many seventh round picks. Much like sixth round pick Eric Kush, he will need to show he won’t be limited by the level of competition he faced while at Princeton.
Head coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey have been very active in addressing the lack of depth at linebacker both in free agency and the draft. It will be interesting to see how things shake out once the pads get on.