Following the draft on Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed undrafted free agent OT Tyler Eastman from Maine.
You can check out his Maine profile here.
Eastman (6-5, 310) appeared in 33 games with 24 starts, including opening all 11 games as a senior at Maine. He was named the high school athlete of the year at Old Town High School in Old Town, Maine.
“I was pretty nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Eastman. “I had talked to a couple of teams during the day. A coach with Atlanta and St. Louis during the draft. No one from Kansas City though. But they were at my pro day.”
Eastman, who was somewhat of a late bloomer at Maine, was the veteran of the line and named to the all-Colonial Athletic Association second team last fall.
He leaves for rookie camp later this week and will hope to eventually join former Maine defensive end Jovan Belcher (’09), who signed with the Chiefs as a free agent last year and earned his way into the lineup last fall as a linebacker.
After his pro day I thought Eastman had a good shot to go in one of the final two rounds. When you are dealing a guy that has legitimate NFL size and impressive athleticism to go with it, those are the type of guys that a team will roll the dice on late.
Not to mention that Eastman was a late bloomer at Maine. He only started his final two years and should be poised to make huge progress during OTAs, putting him in a good position to hold onto the final offensive lineman spot.