Now that the NFL lockout is officially over, the first order of business for NFL teams has been to scramble and sign undrafted rookie free agents to help fill out the squads heading into training camp. Facing a situation which hasn't been seen before in NFL history, the undrafted signings have came to fruition at a frenzied pace.
Thus far the Chiefs have signed six undrafted players.
Demond Washington CB Auburn
David Mims OL Virginia Union
Chris Harr OL Chattanooga
Lucas Patterson DE Texas A&M
Josue Paul WR Central Connecticut
Brandon Bair Oregon
Washington (5'9" 180 lbs) comes from the national champion Auburn Tigers. Listed with 4.45 speed, Washington spent two seasons with the Tigers after transferring from junior college. Compiling 48 tackles, one sack, and three interceptions last year, Washington's opportunity with the Chiefs will be dependent upon his specials teams play. He produced one kick return for a touchdown, a 95-yard kickoff return against Ole Miss.
Virginia Union's Mims is a big body at 6'8" 331 lbs, and likely will be looked at as a right tackle in the NFL. Expected to be a 6th or 7th round draft choice, he certainly will receive a solid look by the Chiefs. NFL Draft Scout had him rated as the 20th best offensive tackle in this year's rookie class.
6'4" 299 lb Chris Harr from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga will be another offensive lineman joining the Chiefs in training camp. Harr certainly has beefed up in his later college years as the school website has him listed at 260 lbs. The 2010 First Team All-Southern Conference started 34 games at left tackle during his career with the Mocs.
Texas A&M's Lucas Patterson is a 6'3'" 293 lb hybrid DE/DT that started the last two seasons at defensive tackle for the Aggies. He is new to defense, having switched over in the fall of 2009 from the offensive line.
Josue Paul is an interesting pick up, as the 5'11" 233 lb athlete is listed at wide receiver but is actually a WR/H-Back combo. With 4.51 speed, Paul will likely be competing with recent draft pick Shane Bannon of Yale.
The latest and maybe most interesting prospect signed this morning has been Oregon defensive end Brandon Bair. Standing at 6'6" and weighing 276 lbs, Bair was a staring defense end for the Ducks, and many expected him to be drafted in the fifth or sixth round this year. There has been rumblings back in April that the Chiefs were interested in drafting Bair in the later rounds. Bair was second team All-Pac 10 in 2010, and finished 30th nationally in tackles for loss.