A Busy Weekend Ahead At The Sports Complex

The Truman Sports Complex neighbors will be very active this weekend with the Royals hosting the New York Yankees, and the Chiefs staging their rookie mini-camp at the team’s facility.

The draft choices, college free agents and tryout players will check in on Friday and then have three days of practices and meetings, ending on Monday afternoon. They’ll return eight days later for the first OTA session in the off-season program.

All nine draft choices should take part in some portion of the mini-camp. So far the Chiefs have announced 11 undrafted rookie free agents that have been signed. There will likely be another 20 to 25 players participating on a tryout basis.

Draft choices

With graduation ceremonies going on this weekend around the country there could be a practice or two missed by draft choices. Otherwise all nine are expected on the field. Here they are with the uniform numbers they’ve been assigned. On defense it will be cornerbacks Marcus Peters (22) and Steven Nelson (20), linebackers Ramik Wilson (53) and D.J. Alexander (57) and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99). Offensively, it’s center Mitch Morse (61), wide receivers Chris Conley (17) and Da’Ron Brown (4) and tight end James O’Shaughnessy (80).

Undrafted free agents

The Chiefs have announced 11 signings out of the undrafted ranks. They are:

Cornerback DeVante Bausby (43), wide receiver Kenny Cook (6), cornerback Justin Cox (45), long snapper Andrew East (48), offensive lineman Garrett Frye (69), FB-TE Manasseh Garner (43), linebacker Sage Harold (47), wide receiver Donatella Luckett (15), offensive lineman Charles Sweeton, defensive lineman David Irving (74) and linebacker Justin March (59).

The newest addition is Harold, a 6-2½, 245-pound defensive end during four seasons at James Madison University. Out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, he played in 41 games, finishing with 117 total tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss, 25.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and seven passes knocked down. He was time din 4.66 in the 40-yard dash.

Tryout players

The Chiefs have not released the list of players in for a tryout, but various media and college sources around the country have reported these names as attendees in Kansas City:

  • Quarterbacks – Colorado State-Puebla Chris Bonner, Richmond’s Michael Strauss, Louisiana Tech’s Cody Sokol.
  • Tight ends/fullbacks – North Carolina State FB Logan Winkles, Florida Atlantic FB Alex Deleon, Stony Brook TE Will Tye, Villanova TE Ernest Pettway, Fordham TE Dan Light.
  • Running back – Sam Houston State’s Keshawn Hill.
  • Offensive line: Wisconsin guard Dallas Lewallen, Colorado guard Daniel Munyer.
  • Defensive line – Texas A&M-Commerce DT Charles Tuaau, Troy DT Billy Dobbs.
  • Linebackers – Oregon State OLB Mike Doctor.
  • Secondary – Oregon State SS Ty Zimmerman, Northwest Missouri CB Travis Manning, Pittsburg State S Keeston Terry, Arkansas S Alan Turner.
  • Special teams – Kansas punter Trevor Padula, Penn State kicker Sam Ficken.

The highest-rated player in this group is Bonner, a 6-7, 225-pound quarterback who led CSU-Pueblo to a Division II national championship in 2014. He threw for 3,291 yards in 15 games with 30 touchdown passes.

Also of note in this group is Terry, who grew up in Blue Springs, went to Kansas and then transferred to Pitt State. He’s the son of former Chiefs safety Doug Terry.

Notes & quotes

Conley has agreed to terms with the Chiefs, leaving only Peters and Nelson without contracts … cornerback Chris Owens signed this week as a unrestricted free agent with Detroit.

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