Former Purdue defensive end Alex Magee might not have been drafted until the third round in last week’s NFL draft, but as Jim Owczarski at the Beacon News reports, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t in high demand.
The Kansas City Chiefs called Magee early on the second day of the draft to tell him they would select him with the 67th overall selection. Then, as the Chiefs were on the clock, the Chicago Bears — owners of pick 68 — called Magee’s representation to say they would be taking him. But the Chiefs picked him as promised and Magee joined LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson as additions to a defensive unit that finished 31st in the league in total defense, 28th in pass defense and 29th in points allowed. And Magee sounds ready to help change things for the Chiefs.
“We’ve got a new program and everything’s about to turn around for Kansas City. We’ve got a new coach (Todd Haley) and he’s real cool, (and the Chiefs have) brand-new facilities, so basically it’s starting fresh. I think a lot of good things are going to happen in Kansas City. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve really got a good D-line. I think I got put in a pretty good situation honestly.”
Coach Todd Haley doesn’t just like the way Magee fits into the Chiefs new 3-4 defense, but also how he was so willing to play multiple positions at Purdue.
“He did it unselfishly and at the same time added to his versatility. “He’s a big, long-armed guy and we like that type of build playing the end. It gives us another guy that has a chance to come in and compete right away on first, second and third down because of his inside experience.”
So, yes, Alex Magee was not drafted until the third round and of course was disappointed he did not come off the board earlier. But he is in a place where he can contribute and he says that’s most important.
“My foot’s in the door and I’m there — that’s all that really matters. That’s what really counts. I’m just glad that I was able to get an opportunity and it was a great to be the 67th pick overall. I was really excited, my family was really excited and everyone was really emotional. I was really happy.”
Tyson Jackson will have the most pressure to perform because he will have the big contract hanging over his head, but I think Magee has a chance to be the best player from the Chiefs 2009 draft class. At 6-3/300 Magee is a big man that moves faster than you would think, plus the versatility he showed his senior season. During that year, his first playing defensive end, he had six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Not mind blowing numbers, but considering Magee is still learning how to play on the outside he will only keep getting better. I can imagine a third down line of Dorsey-Magee-Jackson and it’s giving me chills. There is no way the Chiefs get pushed around on defense this season the way they were last year.