During the Chiefs three day rookie mini-camp, the team invited eight tryout players to participate along with their draft picks and undrafted free agents. The question now becomes which will make it to training camp?
Todd Haley said it shouldn’t shock anyone if some of them stick.
“I would say there is a chance. Maybe a couple, three maybe?”
Bob Gretz has his money on three players: DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald, LB Boris Lee and WR David Grimes.
Arrowhead Pride’s Joel Thorman is guessing two players will get a shot: Grimes and Lee.
Frankly, I think they are both right because I think all three will be in St. Joseph with the Chiefs.
It only seems right that Charlie Weis will bring at least one former Notre Dame player to camp and Grimes seems like the only logical option at this point. With the addition of Dexter McCluster to go along with Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers and Jerheme Urban he’ll have a heck of a time finding a roster spot, but getting to training camp is a big first step.
Lee is the only tryout player that plays a position of need. For all of the issues that Kansas City’s defense had with their linebackers last year the team failed to draft an inside linebacker. Lee was a tackling machine playing behind fifth-round draft choice Cameron Sheffield and was amazingly durable, playing in every game during his four year career at Troy.
The player I’m most excited about (as excited as you can be for a tryout player) is Fitzgerald, defensive MVP for K-State last season. Considering that Dion Gales at 260 was able to play both inside and out, I can’t imagine the Chiefs will have any issue giving Fitgerald — who is 10-20 pounds heavier — a shot at both as well.
This is a kid that posted a vertical at his pro day after being snubbed at the combine that was better than a lot of the tight ends that were invited to Indianapolis (including Chiefs third-round pick Tony Moeaki). There could be some lingering issues with the academic problems that forced his transfer from Virginia to Kansas Sate, but it will be hard for the Chiefs to pass on this kind of potential.