When discussing the quarterback options in the 2013 NFL Draft, Tyler Bray’s name usually came up.
Most agreed that Bray was a raw prospect, but that he flashed enough arm strength and overall ability at Tennessee to merit consideration as a mid-round draft pick. No NFL team agreed with that assessment, however, and Bray wound up going undrafted through all seven rounds.
The Chiefs liked him enough to add him to the roster as a free agent, however, and he’s the headliner on the list of 13 names they sent out on Wednesday. Alex Smith is locked in as the starter in K.C. and Chase Daniel appears set as the backup, leaving Bray to battle Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney for a spot somewhere on the roster or practice squad. Should he land one, Andy Reid’s history of developing backups into starters for him or someone else bodes well for Bray’s chances of an NFL career.
Another notable member of the free agent group is tight end Demetrius Harris, who reportedly drew interest from a dozen teams after deciding to return to football after finishing a basketball career at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He had originally signed to play football at Arkansas State before switching gears.
The rest of the Chiefs signings are: Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford; West Alabama defensive back Otha Foster; Florida wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr.; Ole Miss offensive lineman A.J. Hawkins; Oregon State offensive lineman Colin Kelly; Vanderbilt defensive end Rob Lohr; Missouri defensive lineman Brad Madison; Columbia linebacker/defensive end Josh Martin; Kansas safety Brad McDougald; Jackson State wide receiver Rico Richardson and West Alabama linebacker Ridge Wilson.