Chiefs Round #6-#7: Kush, Wilson & Catapano
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KSU FB Branden Wilson
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Posted Apr 27, 2013


Looking for more depth for his football team General Manager, John Dorsey, uses his pair of six round picks to add a back-up center, potentially a starting fullback and a defensive end.

Pick #6A: Center Eric Kush (California University of Pennsylvania) - Entering the 2013 NFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have a player on their roster that could back up incumbent starter, Rodney Hudson.

With that, Kush may indeed have a roster ticket as Hudson’s back up in 2013. But don’t rule out the fact, he could play guard or even tackle for the Chiefs. And that could be the reason the Chiefs took a flyer on him with their first of two sixth round selections.

Kush is the type of lunch pale carrying offensive lineman that Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid, absolutely loves to develop and one that will compete for one of the teams five starting assignments.

At 6’3”, 302 pounds, his versatility could be a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs. In reading some scouting reports most people felt he was a candidate for the undrafted pile after the draft. But for me, he could end up being a Dave Szott type of offensive lineman for Kansas City.

Pick #6B: Fullback Braden Wilson (Kansas State) - Considering the Chiefs added a starting left tackle, a run blocking, pass catching tight end and a back-up running back in this draft, grabbing a fullback for their run first - pass second offense makes much sense.

In doing just that, the Chiefs didn’t stray too far from Arrowhead when they used their late sixth round pick on Kansas State Fullback, Braden Wilson.

He’s a hard nose, well coached athlete who will become the Chiefs thumper in short yardage situations. And with the addition of Wilson, he gives KC’s offense something it hasn’t had the last couple of seasons; someone who can plow the road for the running backs.

But he’s not a one trick pony. If given the chance, he can run the ball effectively and catch the rock out of the backfield. Plus he’s been coached by one of best men in all of college football, Bill Snyder.

And that’s something that can be underscored in your evaluations as to how Wilson fits into KC’s new offense.

Pick #7: Defensive End Mike Catapano (Princeton) - If there was any doubt to this point in the draft what the Chiefs are trying to build within their 53-man roster, look no further than their 7th round pick.

Catapano wasn’t offered a spot at the NFL combine. Yet 15 teams, including the Chiefs, watched his workout at Princeton’s pro day earlier this spring. If you want more Intel about him; one of his coaches refers to him as, “Drago’ the Russian boxer, from the Rocky movies. So that tells me he’s tough as nails.

At 6’4”, 270 pounds, the Ivy League standout could become a fixture on KC’s defensive line. In my view, Catapano has more pass rushing abilities, heart and athleticism than former Chiefs first round pick, Tyson Jackson. And in an article written about him in the New York Times before the draft, he proclaimed he’d be an All Pro defensive end within two seasons in the NFL.

And that tells me, the man who had 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 12 sacks for the Tigers in 2013, will come to training camp with a fire and brimstone, take no prisoners attitude; by first working his way onto the 53-man roster before becoming a starter by seasons end.

If that prognostication bears fruit, Kansas City may have solved their defensive end position for the foreseeable

Chiefs Round #5: Cornerback Sanders Commings future.

Chiefs Round #4: Inside LInebacker Nico Johnson

Chiefs Round #3: Running Back Knile Davis

Chiefs Round #3: Tight End Travis Kelce

Chiefs Round #1: Left Tackle Eric Fisher

Out of Bounds: Chiefs Strike #1 Gold


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