The Chiefs’ first NFL Draft class under new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid will eventually be defined by the success or failure of Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick. The Chiefs also drafted seven other players, and while their expectations for those players don’t match the ones they have for Fisher, they’ll need some contributions from many if they’re to rebound quickly from their miserable 2-14 season. “We feel good about it,’’ Reid said. “We filled some needs. That’s not the way we went in thinking but the way the board fell, it allowed us to fill in some spots where we were a little but short in numbers and at the same time give us some good football players.’’ The Chiefs finished their draft Saturday by drafting five players: Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson in the fourth round, Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings in the fifth, California (Pa.) center Eric Kush and Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson in the sixth and Princeton linebacker Mike Catapano in the seventh. They join Fisher and two third-round picks, Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce and Arkansas running back Knile Davis, in comprising the draft class. The Chiefs also were in the process of signing several undrafted free agents. A number of them announced their signings on Twitter. Among them were Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris, who will play tight end for the Chiefs, Missouri defensive end Brad Madison and Kansas safety Bradley McDougald. Among the players who were drafted Saturday, Johnson has the best chance for immediate playing time. He was a regular and one of the leading tacklers for the past couple of seasons at Alabama, which has won the last two BCS national championships. The Chiefs get their first look at their first-year players on their own practice field at a three-day rookie camp that begins May 10. The Chiefs recently signed Akeem Jordan, who played for Reid with the Eagles, to play at one of the starting inside linebacker spots. But Johnson could conceivably win the job with a strong showing at camp. “I had a chance to talk with (Alabama coach) Nick Saban again this morning about him before we picked him and Nick felt very good about him,’’ Reid said. “He said he was one of the tougher guys on his football team, one of the leaders on his football team and we’re talking about a national championship football team.’’ Johnson said he was familiar with the Chiefs’ defense, adding it was similar to the system at Alabama.
Chiefs go for defense on final day of NFL Draft
Kansas City Star | Apr 28