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Rounding Up the Chiefs' Undrafted Free Agent Signings

Here’s a quick look at the undrafted free agents currently under contract with Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs have been busy making additions to the roster in recent weeks with the signings of 14 undrafted rookie free agents.

All but two of those players (cornerbacks Ekow Boye-Doe and Kahlef Hailassie) were included in the Chiefs' original group of undrafted signees, who put pen to paper shortly before rookie minicamp began on May 6. Hailassie then signed that weekend, and Boye-Doe – who attended rookie minicamp on a tryout basis – signed on May 15.

Several players who originally signed with the Chiefs have been waived in recent days, too. That list includes defensive back Montrae Braswell, offensive lineman Blake Haynes, safety Martez Manuel and wide receiver Ty Scott.

As for the 14 rookie free agents who are still on the roster, here's more on each of them:

Cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe (Kansas State)

Boye-Doe – an alum of Kansas State who grew up in Lawrence, Kansas – appeared in 42 games (35 starts) for the Wildcats over the last four seasons. He started 14 games for Kansas State in 2022, logging 26 tackles and five pass breakups.

The six-foot-tall, 177-pound cornerback is also a tremendous athlete. According to Dane Brugler's draft guide (which is published by The Athletic), Boye-Dow recorded a 4.38 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump at Kansas State's pro day.

Boye-Doe ultimately went undrafted despite those impressive numbers, but following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp, the former Wildcat is now a member of the reigning world champions. Boye-Doe is the second player to earn a contract from the Chiefs this offseason after a successful tryout, joining offensive lineman Sebastian Gutierrez.

Offensive Guard Jerome Carvin (Tennessee)

Carvin is a versatile player who possesses significant experience at all three spots along the interior of the offensive line. A five-year contributor at Tennessee, Carvin logged 21 starts at left guard, 17 starts at right guard and five starts at center during his time in Knoxville.

Additionally, the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Carvin played alongside Chiefs' right guard Trey Smith and rookie offensive tackle (and third-round pick) Wanya Morris at Tennessee during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Carvin and Smith were also teammates during the 2018 campaign prior to Morris' arrival.

Tennessee offensive lineman Jerome Carvin (75) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Safety Anthony Cook (Texas)

The six-foot-tall, 188-pound Cook has good size for the position and logged significant experience on special teams during his time with the Longhorns, which could prove beneficial as he aims to make the Chiefs' roster. He logged a career-most 678 defensive snaps in 2022, recording five passes defensed and a forced fumble. It's also worth mentioning that he was a cornerback for his first three seasons in Austin before transitioning to safety in 2021.

Cornerback Kahlef Hailassie (Western Kentucky)

Hailassie played at nearby Independence Community College for two seasons (2019-20) before transferring to Western Kentucky for the 2021 campaign.

The six-foot-tall, 193-pound cornerback certainly made the most of the opportunity too, as he went on to start 25 games for Western Kentucky over the last two years. Hailassie tallied 107 tackles, 16 passes defensed, 11 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles in that time.

Here's a bit more on Hailassie from The Athletic's Dane Brugler:

"He has outstanding length to crowd the catch point but must do a better job locating to pick off passes. As a tackler, he stays balanced as a finisher when working from high to low. He plays fearless with a brash attitude. Overall, Hailassie needs to play with more disciplined eyes, but he is long, fluid and controlled in his movements to cover from press or off coverage."

Offensive Tackle Anderson Hardy (Appalachian State)

The 6-foot-6, 301-pound Hardy appeared in 44 games (with 29 starts) during his career, including a stretch of 28 consecutive starts at left tackle to close out his time at Appalachian State. He logged at least 800 snaps at left tackle in each of the last two seasons and surrendered just two sacks last year.

Linebacker Cam Jones (Indiana)

One of the higher-profile names available on the open market, Jones was the No. 15 overall linebacker in this year's class according to The Athletic's Dane Brugler. He projected Jones to be selected in the fifth or sixth round in his pre-draft guide, writing the following:

"Overall, Jones' take-on and shed skills require further maintenance, but his instincts and short-area quicks lead him to the football, where he looks to create violent collisions as a tackler. He is a ready-made special teamer with the talent to inch his way up the linebacker depth chart."

The 6-foot-1, 226-pound linebacker racked up 208 tackles, 13.5 tackles-for-loss, 11 passes defensed, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions in 47 career games (23 starts) from 2018-22. He also played on kick and punt return coverage in all five of his seasons.

Additionally, Brugler wrote that Jones was on his way to a career year before suffering a season-ending foot injury midway through the campaign. Prior to the injury, he was leading the Big Ten in tackles-per-game (10.8) through five contests. Brugler added that Jones remained on the sideline as an extra coach throughout the rest of the year despite the injury.

Defensive End Truman Jones (Harvard)

A Second-Team All-American in 2022, Jones led the Ivy League with 13 tackles-for-loss last season to go along with six sacks. He was also a menace on special teams, blocking three kicks last year alone.

Here's more on Jones from The Athletic's Dane Brugler:

"Overall, Jones needs to expand his hand usage and learn how to string moves together for the next level, but his athletic tools and energy are a nice start for a developmental guy."

Jones – a former linebacker who made the switch to defensive end as a redshirt freshman – checks in at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds.

Linebacker Isaiah Moore (North Carolina State)

Another player who many expected to be drafted, Moore was the No. 17 linebacker in this year's class and a projected fifth or sixth-round pick according to The Athletic's Dane Brugler.

Moore – who stands at 6-foot-2 and 233 pounds – earned the distinction of being called a "smashmouth run defender" in Brugler's draft guide. He recorded 55 starts during his college career, earning Team Captain honors in each of the last three seasons while racking up 341 total tackles, 43.5 tackles-for-loss, 11.5 sacks and 11 passes defensed.

Safety Isaiah Norman (Marshall)

A six-foot-tall, 206-pound defensive back, Norman was a versatile member of the Thundering Herd's defense in 2022. He logged significant snaps inside the box (134 snaps), at slot corner (118 snaps) and at free safety (116 snaps) last season while missing just one tackle on 26 attempts.

Prior to transferring to Marshall, Norman spent the first five seasons of his career at Austin Peay State University, where he racked up 137 tackles, 13 passes defensed and two interceptions in 42 career games.

Running Back Deneric Prince (Tulsa)

The No. 18 ranked running back in this year's class according to The Athletic's Dane Brugler, Prince was a projected fifth or sixth-round pick after a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. In fact, Prince logged a 4.41-second 40-yard dash (fourth among all running backs) and a 10-foot-five-inch broad jump (fifth among all running backs).

He averaged more than five yards-per-carry in each of his three seasons as a regular contributor while his production increased every year, culminating in a team-leading 729 rushing yards in 2022.

Prince also has some size to him at six-feet-tall and 216 pounds.

Wide Receiver Nikko Remigio (Fresno State)

Remigio – who stands at 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds – was a four-year contributor (largely as a return man) at the University of California before transferring to Fresno State for the 2022 campaign. He made the most of his fifth year, too, tallying career-bests in receptions (74), receiving yards (852) and receiving touchdowns (6). Remigio was also tied for the FBS lead with two punt return touchdowns.

He was almost exclusively a slot receiver during the entirety of his college career, lining up in the slot on 84 percent of his offensive snaps last season.

Cornerback Reese Taylor (Purdue)

Taylor stands at 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds with large hands (10 inches). He was a rotational player at Indiana for four seasons (2019-21) before transferring to Purdue for the 2022 campaign, where he saw the field for a career-most 594 defensive snaps. Taylor was almost exclusively an outside cornerback for the Boilermakers, recording 566 of those total snaps at that spot. He recorded two pass-breakups and an interception in 2022.

Taylor also has experience as a return man, as he tallied 21 total punt and kick returns during his career.

Cornerback Anthony Witherstone (Merrimack)

The six-foot-tall, 189-pound Witherstone was primarily an outside cornerback for Merrimack and turned in strong campaigns in each of the last two seasons, surrendering a passer rating of 76.0 or lower in both. He broke up six passes and tallied two pick-sixes in 2021 before recording four passes defensed and one interception as a senior.

NFL International Player Pathway Program Signee: Offensive Tackle Chukwuebuka Jason Godrick (Nigeria)

Additionally, while not an undrafted free agent in the traditional sense, the Chiefs also added offensive lineman Chukwuebuka Jason Godrick – a 22-year-old from Nigeria – through the NFL International Player Pathway Program. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman is a former basketball player who impressed at the inaugural NFL Africa camp in Ghana last year before earning an invitation to the International Combine in London.

Since 2017, the NFL IPP has sought to provide elite athletes from around the world with the opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster and increase the number of international players in the league.

All 14 of those players will have an opportunity to show what they can do next week as the Chiefs kick off Organized Team Activities (OTAs) at the team facility.