The Chiefs made official the signings of 10 undrafted rookies Wednesday afternoon in the first wave of transactions since April’s draft: DL Brandon Bair, TE Charlie Gantt, OL Chris Harr, OL Mike Ingersoll, LB Amara Kamara, OL Butch Lewis, OL David Mims, DL Lucas Patterson, WR Josue Paul and DB Demond Washington all signed rookie contracts.
With the rookie additions, the Chiefs preseason roster now consists of 57 players under contract (excluding nine unsigned draft picks). Each NFL club may roster 90 players for training camp.
Drafted and undrafted rookies are currently able to ink deals, but veteran free agents cannot sign contracts until the NFL’s free agency period officially begins Friday at 5:00 PM (CST). Teams are, however, allowed to negotiate and agree to terms with veteran players prior to Friday’s start.
The Chiefs exited April’s draft feeling they had addressed a large number of needs and attacked several team needs through rookie free agency as well. Most notably, the list of 10 signees includes four offensive linemen.
DL Brandon Bair, Oregon
Profile: Played in 52 games (26 starts) at Oregon, recording 106 tackles (56 solo), 25.5 tackles for loss (-90.0 yards), 5.0 sacks (-31.0 yards), 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. The St. Anthony, Idaho native was an all-state selection at South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Did You Know: Bair sold a motorcycle to start his own used car business, High Point Auto. He’s fully licensed, bonded and has his own lot. Bair also spent two years serving on a church mission with Spanish-speaking farmers in Florida, is 26 years old, married and has a daughter.
What They Say: “This kid here is what I call the ideal developmental 5-technique. Brandon Bair played inside at defensive tackle (at Oregon). He’s almost 6-foot-6. He weighs 276, and look at him, he’s lean. You can throw 20 pounds on him in the next year and all of the sudden you have a 300-pound, 5-technique, which is the defensive end in the 3-4.” – Mike Mayock, NFL Network
How He Fits: Bair had a nice special teams career at Oregon in addition to playing both inside and outside on the Ducks defensive line. His best production came as a defensive tackle. His weight has given him that “tweener” label, but it looks like he’ll play defensive end in the Chiefs 3-4 defense.
TE Charlie Gantt, Michigan State
Profile: Appeared in 43 games (39 starts) at Michigan State, catching 65 passes for 951 yards (14.6 avg.) with nine TDs. The Farmington Hills, Mich. native played tight end and linebacker at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Did You Know: Gantt’s grandfather, Robert M. Gantt Jr., was a three-sport star (football, basketball and track) at Duke in the early 1940s and appeared on the cover of Look magazine in 1942 as "Dixie's finest athlete.” Gantt wants to go to physician assistant school after football.
What They Say: “Functional short-area receiver — understands where to fit in coverage and how to beat zones. Recorded 27 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine, tied for best among tight end.” -ProFootballWeekly
How He Fits: Gantt will be among the biggest, if not the biggest, tight ends at camp. Fans should pay extra attention to his run-blocking ability during the preseason.
OL Chris Harr, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Profile: Played in 43 games (36 starts) at Tennessee – Chattanooga. He was named the region 3A defensive player of the year at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Did You Know: In high school, Harr played track and field in addition to football, throwing discus and shot put. He didn’t begin playing football until 7th grade.
What They Say: "Nimble offensive lineman who is best as a position blocker. Quickly gets off the line, displays better than average footwork off the edge, and stays square. Makes terrific use of body positioning and seals defenders from the action. Displays good awareness and works well with teammates. Effectively adjusts to oncoming pass rushers, picks up stunts or blitzes, and knocks opponents from their angle of attack."- Sports Illustrated
How He Fits: Worked hard to add weight after arriving at UT-Chattanooga as a 235-pound tight end. Moved to left tackle after his freshman season and remained at that position throughout the rest of his collegiate tenure.
OL Mike Ingersoll, North Carolina
Profile: Saw action in 45 games at North Carolina. The Mint Hill, N.C. native prepped at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C.
Did You Know: If Ingersoll could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, he would choose Michael Jordan, Julius Caesar and the President of the United States. People say he looks like Christopher Reeves in Superman and David Hasselhoff. Ingersoll would choose to sing Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin if he were a contestant on American Idol. His favorite TV show is "Blue Mountain State".
What They Say: "Strong small-area blocker. Quickly sets in pass protection, keeps his feet moving, and stays square. Does an adequate job bending his knees, makes good use of blocking angles and body positioning, then controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack. Plays with a nasty attitude and gets after assignments." – Sports Illustrated
How He Fits: Ingersoll moves well for a big man (4.93 40-yard dash), but is not as heavy as the tackles on Kansas City’s roster. Started 25 of 26 games at right tackle as a junior and senior, but does have versatility. He entered college as a nationally-rated tight end.
LB Amara Kamara, Temple
Profile: Appeared in 47 contests (42 starts) at Temple, producing 249 tackles (133 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, two QB pressures, an INT, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He prepped at Weequahic High School in Newark, N.J.
Did You Know: Kamara was born in Liberia and is the third oldest of eight children. He has five sisters and two brothers.
What They Say: "Underrated weak side linebacker prospect who has shown significant improvement the past two seasons. Athletic, displays speed in a straight line as well as laterally, and is fluid moving about the field. Smooth flipping his hips in coverage, gets depth on pass drops, and nicely redirects to ball carriers. Scrapes well laterally, makes a lot of athletic plays in space, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up ball carriers."- Sports Illustrated
How He Fits: In addition to playing outside linebacker, Kamara also lined up as a defensive end when Temple shifted into its nickel defense. He also has the skill to be a factor in special teams coverage.
OL Butch Lewis, USC
Profile: Played in 46 games (24 starts) at USC. The Denver, Colo. native was a Parade All-American at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.
Did You Know: He was a public policy, management and planning major at USC and his real first name is Wendell.
What They Say: "Nice-sized blocker who has flashed ability since his sophomore season. Stays square, shows strength at the point of attack and controls defenders once engaged in a block. Sets with a wide base, flashes athleticism and has better-than-average skills getting out to the second level to take on linebackers. Blocks with a nasty attitude and keeps his head on a swivel."- Sports Illustrated
How He Fits: Lewis played both guard and tackle for the Trojans. That versatility with give him the opportunity to compete for depth at multiple positions on the Chiefs offensive line.
T David Mims, Virginia Union
Profile: Started 23 games at Virginia Union. He prepped at South Mecklenberg High School in Charlotte, N.C.
Did You Know: Players listed on the Chiefs all-time roster have been produced by 267 different colleges and universities. Mims would be the first representative from Virginia Union if he makes the active roster.
What They Say: "Massive tackle prospect who plays to his size. Bends his knees, strong at the point, and gets movement run blocking. Stays square and seals defenders from the action. Shows tremendous hand punch and easily knocks defenders from their angle of attack. Large enough to engulf opponents. Better than average lateral blocking range." – Sports Illustrated
How He Fits: Dropped his playing weight from 350 pounds throughout most of his career to 331 pounds at his pro day. Most scouting services projected him as a right tackle at the NFL level.
DL Lucas Patterson, Texas A&M
Profile: Played in 50 games (38 starts) at Texas A&M, tallying 131 tackles (56 solo), 10.0 tackles for loss (-32.0 yards), 4.5 sacks (-21.0 yards) and one pass defensed. He prepped at Kingsville High School in Kingsville, Texas.
Did You Know: Patterson made the move to offensive line for fall camp in 2009, but returned to defensive line with a week left in drills due to depth issues.
What They Say: "Patterson is the ultimate team player" -Texas A&M Athletics
How He Fits: Has the versatility Kansas City seeks in its defensive linemen. Can be used at multiple positions across the defensive line, but primarily played inside in Texas A&M’s 3-4 defense last season. Aggies Head Coach Mike Sherman also experimented with Patterson as an offensive left tackle.
WR Josue Paul, Central Connecticut State
Profile: Appeared in 38 games at Central Connecticut, catching 103 passes for 1,563 yards (15.2 avg.) with 10 touchdowns and returning 95 kickoffs for 2,065 yards (21.7 avg.) with four TDs. He prepped at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Did You Know: Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is a graduate of Central Connecticut State.
What They Say: "Stocky, well-sized possession receiver who's also displayed return skills in the past. Fluid releasing off the line, quick to top speed, and plays with good awareness. Goes over the middle, makes the difficult reception in a crowd, and uses his size and strength to his advantage. Gives effort blocking downfield." – Sports Illustrated
How He Fits: Sturdy wide receiver played both inside and outside at Pioli’s alma mater. Paul was Central’s primary deep threat and also returned kicks.
DB Demond Washington, Auburn
Profile: Played in 27 games at Auburn, totaling 91 tackles (69 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss (-30.0 yards), 2.0 sacks (-22.0 yards), seven passes defensed, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. He began his collegiate career at Gulf Coast Community College.
Did You Know: Washington played with Baltimore Ravens Nose Tackle Terrance Cody at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College where they won the national championship in 2007 together. Transferred to Auburn in 2009 for junior and senior seasons
What They Say: "Washington got off to a fast start at Auburn's pro day, running the fastest 10-yard dash time of any player in attendance." -The Birmingham News
How He Fits: Cornerback is undersized, but speedy (4.43). In addition to competing for time in the secondary, he’ll likely get an opportunity to return kicks as well. In 2009, Washington led the SEC (sixth in NCAA) in kickoff return yards averaging 31.1 yards per return. He churned out more than 1,000 return yards last season including a 95-yard TD return against Ole Miss.