May 13, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dexter Heyman (53) speaks to media after the Chiefs rookie mini camp at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Dexter Heyman has caught the eye of a few people after just a few off-season training sessions.
Just this past week on Chop Talk both Jinx Allessio from www.kcchiefsdraft.com and Nick Jacobs from Metro Sports-KC had good things to say about the Kansas City Chiefs undrafted rookie inside linebacker from Louisville, Dexter Heyman.
Heyman stood out early in OTA's because he's got the physical stature of a professional inside linebacker already. He stands at 6'3 and 248 lbs. Jacobs said that during OTA's he saw a lot of functional athleticism from Heyman during drills as well. From Chop Talk.
It's not like the Chiefs haven't found quality linebackers via the undrafted free agent route before. The Chiefs current starting strong-inside linebacker, Jovan Belcher, signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent defensive end from the University of Maine in 2009.
Belcher is responsible for the defensive calls out on the field for the Chiefs. So while the physical abilities that Heyman possesses help him look the part of a NFL linebacker, it's going to be more on the mental side for the next few months that determine whether or not Heyman has a role with this team moving forward.
Like most players searching for a spot on the team, special teams could be an area that Heyman proves his worth early in his Chiefs career. He's a prime candidate for the practice squad should he not make the 53 man roster.