Donald Stephenson Signs Rookie Contract

Posted May 17, 2012

Stephenson is the seventh of Kansas City’s eight draft picks to go under contract

Chiefs third-round draft pick Donald Stephenson signed a four-year rookie contract with the club on Thursday.

Stephenson (6-6, 312), an offensive tackle out of Oklahoma, is the seventh of Kansas City’s eight draft picks to sign a rookie deal. The club’s only remaining unsigned draft pick is first-round selection Dontari Poe.

A native of Kansas City, Stephenson grew up a Chiefs fan and finished his prep career at Blue Springs High School rated as the nation’s 34th-best tackle prospect according to Stephenson went on to become a two-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, anchoring the Sooners offensive line at left tackle.

He appeared in 30 games (27 starts) on the offensive line at Oklahoma, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the Associated Press and coaches in 2011. Stephenson also helped lead the Sooners to two bowl victories; the first was a win over Connecticut in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, followed by a victory over Iowa in the 2011 Insight Bowl.

Stephenson lined up at left tackle in last weekend’s rookie minicamp. The Chiefs were attracted to Stephenson’s athleticism and hope to develop him as a swing tackle this season behind starters Branden Albert and Eric Winston.

“Whenever they call on me, whenever they need me, I’ll be happy to help,” Stephenson said following his first practice with the Chiefs last weekend.

One of 17 players to take part in the Chiefs Local Pro Day, Stephenson is the first local player drafted by the Chiefs since Scott Pioli took over as the club’s general manager in 2009. He was selected 74th overall.

“I love the Chiefs and have always loved them,” Stephenson said. “To have a chance to play in my hometown is a dream come true.”

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