The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with seventh-round pick TE Jake O’Connell, the third member of the 2009 draft class to sign.
As per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
O’Connell was the 237th overall pick of the draft and played his college ball at University of Miami (OH) where he caught 46 passes for 453 yards and four touchdowns. The 6’3″ 250 pound tight end also recorded seven special teams tackles, which is an encouraging sign since special teams is usually the best avenue toward making the team for late-round picks. Fellow Miami (OH) TE Tom Crabtree is also competing for a spot on this years squad.
Under normal circumstances, I would all but dismiss the chances of a seventh-round TE that caught a total of 46 passes in four years of playing college football. But Scott Pioli traded into the front of the seventh round to select O’Connell meaning he saw something he likes. There is plenty of competition at the TE position with Brad Cottam, Tony Curtis, Sean Ryan and Crabtree. Cottam, Curtis and Ryan have all played in the league and I can’t imagine the team will carry more than three tight ends, meaning one of the Red Hawks is going to have to really impress in training camp.