The Kansas City Chiefs have signed undrafted free agent DL Brandon Bair from Oregon.
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 49 to Bair and ranked him as the 16th DT.
You can see his Oregon profile here.
We’ve talked about the early batch of undrafted free agents this year for the Chiefs being versatile and explosive, but none brings — or will bring — the type of story that Bair does.
At 26-years-old, the soon-to-be rookie could end up being older than at least 40 of his teammates in training camp. The reason he got such a late start is large part due to a two-year mission before his joined the Ducks on top of a red shirt season. The husband and father was an All-Pac-10 second team as a senior and was one of Oregon’s leaders in the weight room.
After going from tight end to defensive end to defensive tackle while at Oregon, expect Bair to do the majority of his work with the Chiefs on the outside along the defensive line. At 6-foot-6, Bair immediately becomes the tallest player on the Kansas City defense.
As easy as it will be to cheer for Bair is as hard as it will be for him to make the team. Even if they decide not to bring Shaun Smith back this season, the Chiefs will have no shortage of players returning that can rotate along the defensive line to go along with draft picks Allen Bailey, Jerrell Powe and possibly Gabe Miller.
Every undrafted player needs to make a name on special teams, but with such a log jam in front of him on defense it’s that much more important for Bair.