Immediately after the draft, the Chiefs signed a handful of free agents who will be in town this weekend for the first rookie mini-camp. We’ve already told you about Pierre Walters’ potential inside track on a roster spot, but WR Taurus Johnson from South Florida is pretty confident he can catch on with Kansas City this season.
Johnson, a week after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in sociology, visited his former high school to talk with the current players about competing on the field and in the classroom. He urged them to not just focus on football, but to earn their degree.
Johnson signed a three-year contract with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent less than two hours after the NFL Draft ended. When it comes to his chances in Kansas City, Johnson doesn’t sound like your typical UDFA.
“I’m going to make the roster… I’m excited. I’m going to give it my best shot and show them what I can do.”
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 37 to Johnson and ranked him the 34th wide receiver.
I absolutely love the confidence this kid is showing. Most undrafted players come in with a much more reserved approach while they try to make an impression, but Johnson is clearly comfortable with his chances. At 6-0/205 he has decent size and ran a respectable 4.52 40 (16th best among WRs) at the combine so it’s not as if he’s coming into camp strictly as an effort-over-skill type of prospect. Johnson also has experience as a kick returner and could be an insurance policy if Quinten Lawrence does not impress.