The Kansas City Chiefs added 15 undrafted free agents this weekend and all are no doubt dreaming of being the next Priest Holmes or Brian Waters: Pro Bowl players with a big time pay day coming after being overlooking in the draft.
The reality of the situation is only a couple have a real chance to even make the final 53-man roster. Sure, every year across the league there are contributors that emerge, but most would be lucky if they could be the next Cory Greenwood.
Greenwood, a linebacker from Canada, knows all about being a long shot. He joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent weeks after the 2010 NFL Draft and shortly after being selected as as the third overall pick in the CFL Draft.
Well aware he would need to make an impression, the Concordia graduate came into Kansas City and quickly turned heads with the way he attacked on special teams. By becoming a key part on coverage units, he locked down a roster spot and has yet to let it go.
Two years under his belt and Greenwood has managed to not only stay on the 53-man roster his entire time in Kansas City, but also dress for all 32 possible regular season games plus the Chiefs only playoff appearance. He has recorded 24 tackles while starring on special teams.
The truth is, it’s a stretch to think any of the UDFAs GM Scott Pioli just brought in will get anywhere near as much playing time in a Chiefs uniform as Greenwood. But they can and should follow the road map that first led him to Arrowhead Stadium.