Just like that, the long-awaited NFL draft weekend has ended, but the rookie class isn’t complete. The Kansas City Chiefs selected a total of 10 players this April and now general manager Brett Veach will add to that group in free agency.
Before we get into the UDFAs, a final look at the Chiefs 2022 draft class in its entirety:
- Trent McDuffie, cornerback.
- George Karlaftis, defensive end.
- Skyy Moore, wide receiver.
- Bryan Cook, safety.
- Leo Chenal, linebacker.
- Joshua Williams, cornerback.
- Darian Kinnard, offensive lineman.
- Jaylen Watson, cornerback.
- Isiah Pacheco, running back.
- Nazeeh Johnson, safety.
That’s a total of five defensive backs and seven defensive players in general as the Chiefs made a strong effort to rebuild that side of the football.
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Chiefs Undrafted Free-Agent Signings
Jack Cochrane, linebacker, South Dakota
NFL insider Tom Pelissero announced the linebacker’s arrival just after the NFL draft. Cochrane was a fifth-year senior and four-year starter with over 300 total tackles during his collegiate career. He also added some diversity to his game with five sacks and six interceptions.
NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein scouted Cochrane as a WILL linebacker, touting his “explosive lateral quickness and a nose for the football.” The three-time team captain “has enough man- and zone-cover talent to offer three-down backup potential” as a UDFA.
Tayon Fleet-Davis, running back, Maryland
Fleet-Davis didn’t see heavy usage until 2021, so he has fresh legs despite a five-year career at Maryland. He’s a dual-threat back that had over 1,000 scrimmage yards last year (721 rushing yards).
Mike Rose, linebacker, Iowa State
Another linebacker for Steve Spagnuolo to get his hands on. Rose will join Chenal and Cochrane for this rookie class and provide depth behind Willie Gay and Nick Bolton.
A four-year contributor for Iowa State, the SAM linebacker accumulated over 320 total tackles with 41 for a loss (49 games). He also chipped in with 8.5 sacks and six interceptions. Zierlein called him a “physical blitzer” but a “liability in coverage.” He concluded: “Rose has a chance to become a backup 4-3 Sam or 3-4 inside linebacker but his lack of pursuit speed could hinder his upward mobility.”
Dustin Crum, quarterback, Kent State
Another quarterback is joining the roster — at least for training camp. The Kent State product threw for 3,187 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021, as reported by Justin M of The Draft Network when he signed.
A three-year starter in college, Crum doesn’t take a ton of chances according to Zierlein, but may not have the skill set to be more aggressive. He concluded: “He’s courageous both inside and outside the pocket and helps himself as a runner, but may not have enough talent as a passer to play in the league.”
Gene Pryor, offensive line, Hawaii
They touted his NFL awareness but noted that he must eventually improve anchor strength and foot speed.
Jerrion Ealy, running back, Ole Miss
He also had seven or more total touchdowns in each of his three campaigns. Zierlein scouted him as a “smaller but talented running back with legitimate versatility to wear a variety of hats for a team.” His ability as a pass-catcher and kick returner could earn him a roster spot if all goes well this summer.
Mike Caliendo, interior offensive line, Western Michigan
Caliendo earned a 6.84 Relative Athletic Score out of 10, which ranked 162nd out of 510 centers since 1987.
Justyn Ross, wide receiver, Clemson
The Chiefs hit a home run with their most recent UDFA signing on May 2. NFL insider Jordan Schultz was the first to report the Ross pickup.
“Ross led the ACC in receiving as a freshman in 2018,” noted Schultz, “ranked fifth nationally with 21.7 YPC and was second in receiving touchdowns. He also stands 6-3, 210 pounds.” A rare neck and spine condition derailed the Clemson star in college and hurt his draft status. He’ll look to continue his football comeback with the Chiefs.
Nasir Greer, safety/DB, Wake Forest
At Wake Forest, Greer forced eight takeaways over 28 games, via interception or fumble. He also accumulated 131 total tackles (two for a loss) and seven passes defended.
The defensive back’s college career was derailed by an ACL injury in 2020. NFL Draft Buzz scouted him as a “strong, aggressive tackler” that “should excel as a zone defender because of his closing speed to wrap receivers after the catch.”
Kehinde Oginni Hassan, tight end, International Prospect – Nigeria
Oginni is a very interesting story out of Nigeria. The American Football International website detailed: “Kehinde Oginni Hassan is one of three Nigerians to make it to the final stage of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program (IPP).”
Mentored by former New York Giants pass rusher Osi Umenyiora, the 6-foot-7 tight end made the final IPP Combine cut and wowed NFL scouts in the process. Oginni Hassan’s signing was announced by the Chiefs on May 6.
Trevor Begue, wide receiver, UIW
The wide receiver had a career season with McNeese in 2019, with 55 catches for 827 yards and 10 touchdowns. Begue confirmed his KC connection on Twitter but has yet to officially sign.
Qua Brown, safety, Southern Illinois
The defensive back is 5-foot-11 and told NFL Draft Diamonds that his best quality is his work ethic, passion and drive to win. The confirmation tweet noted that he finished his career at SIU “ranked No. 16 in tackles (283) and No. 2 in forced fumbles (6).”
Christian Clark, defensive tackle, Alabama State
Some family ties here for Christian Clark, younger brother of Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark. Football writer Maliik Obee reported the news — confirmed by Chiefs Wire.
Charles Goldman scouted: “Listed at 6-1 and 322 pounds, Christian is a run-stopping defensive tackle who was tough for SWAC offensive linemen to move. He was also tough for them to block in the passing game.”
Clark has yet to officially sign a contract with the franchise.
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Chiefs Tryouts & Camp Invites
Devin Darrington, running back, Virginia
First sourced as Devin Carrington by NFL reporter Matt Lombardo, the running back invite is actually for Devin Darrington. The 5-foot-9 rusher began at Harvard and transferred to Virginia as Veach continues to bring fresh legs into camp at running back.
Kendrick Price, wide receiver, Northwestern State
A wide receiver invite also went out to Price, of Northwestern State University. NSU Demon Fans confirmed the report by Wilson.
The 6-foot-2 pass-catcher weighs 205 pounds. He told NFL Draft Diamonds that he is a “cerebral player with a great knowledge of the game.” Price compared his skill set to that of Cooper Kupp.
Ross Reiter, long snapper, Colorado State
Hey, long snappers count too! The Chiefs are inviting one to camp this year — per Wilson — Ross Reiter out of Colorado State.
Malik Clark, left guard, Kansas
The latest tryout comes in from Kansas sports reporter Zac Boyer and is a camp invite for left guard Malik Clark. The 6-foot-4, 323-pound lineman started 40 out of 43 games for the Jayhawks and finished as a fifth-year senior.
Boo Smith, wide receiver, Missouri
Another undrafted wide receiver will enter the scene for rookie minicamp according to Missouri sports reporter Max Baker. Described as a “speedy wide receiver,” Smith will attempt to walk on a roster for the second time in his career.
The wideout only had eight catches in 2021 but does offer some ability as a punt returner and deep-ball threat.