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Chiefs work out three college basketball players

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The Chiefs already have two tight ends on their roster who played basketball, not football, in college. They may soon add more.

Kansas City has scheduled visits with three college basketball players, none of whom played college football, according to the Kansas City Star.

The three players are all tall and athletic and fit the profile of an NFL tight end, other than the part about not playing football since high school: Virginia Commonwealth’s Mo Alie-Cox is 6-foot-7 and 262 pounds, Kansas State’s D.J. Johnson is 6-foot-9 and 237 pounds and Texas Wesleyan’s Najeal Young is 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds.

The Chiefs already have tight end Demetrius Harris, who played basketball at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and tight end Ross Travis, who played basketball at Penn State. They may soon sign another basketball player. Or two or three.

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23 Responses to “Chiefs work out three college basketball players”
  1. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Apr 12, 2017 1:07 PM

    What a wasted opportunity for the Chiefs the past few years

    Seems like they keep going in the wrong direction too.

  2. magikskillz says: Apr 12, 2017 1:16 PM

    Nothing wrong with looking to add camp bodies to the 90 man off season roster. You never know. Antonio Gates played college basketball and has become one of the better tight ends of the past decade. It’s a win win situation, the player gets a little cash for doing some offseason work and the team gets to see if it can improve its depth on special teams or 2nd or 3rd stringers. Some of these guys may even end up on a practice squad. The Chiefs are just doing some homework on potential undrafted free agents or possible 6th/7th rounders.

  3. 400marios says: Apr 12, 2017 1:17 PM

    In related news, the Cleveland Browns worked out 3 basketball fans.

  4. Chris says: Apr 12, 2017 1:30 PM

    The same Head Coach who worked out an Olympic Skier, a Magician, a Fireman…

  5. Lightning Joe Armstrong says: Apr 12, 2017 1:51 PM

    1970 and counting…

  6. sceaglesfan says: Apr 12, 2017 1:55 PM

    Andy Reid is so much smarter than everyone else. The main reason he got fired from Philly was his “handling” of the draft. Clock management and refusal to run the ball did not help either.

  7. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 12, 2017 2:03 PM

    It’s a good idea to find basketball players who are big and athletic who may be able to play tight end, but you know what would be an even better idea? Find a big athletic football player who actually has played tight end in college.

  8. stipez says: Apr 12, 2017 2:05 PM

    Gronkowski was a former beer pong champion. You never know where you’ll find stars.

  9. redsea1111 says: Apr 12, 2017 2:17 PM

    So if they add all three, with the two former basketball players that are already Chiefs, they’ll have enough for a full-court press.

  10. 65impala says: Apr 12, 2017 2:20 PM

    Chris : I believe the magician is still employed, and has a TD on his resume, not to mention made national TV with his magic. Not bad for LS ahh!!

  11. dartmouthstevens says: Apr 12, 2017 2:29 PM

    At this time of year, it is worth the look. Who knows one of them may be the next Antonio Gates. There are Olympic Wrestlers with Superbowl rings. Workouts cost nothing on cap.

  12. kcflake says: Apr 12, 2017 2:39 PM

    The Chiefs have wasted a roster spot on former basketball player Demetrius Harris for 3 years. Seems like a waste of time to me.

  13. jbaxt says: Apr 12, 2017 2:48 PM

    I like Harris, but his upcoming suspension might cost him his job.

  14. QB Film Room says: Apr 12, 2017 2:48 PM

    In other News, the Cleveland Browns have signed 6’8″ former NBDL Basketball player Brock Osweiller and are trying to convert him to a Quarterback..

  15. Brad Justice says: Apr 12, 2017 3:24 PM

    Won’t take much athleticism to catch a 3 yard swing pass from captain check down.

  16. badboysgetspanked says: Apr 12, 2017 3:57 PM

    The Chiefs have a huge history of being strong regular season teams, yet collapse early in the playoffs. Andy has not changed.this perception.

  17. firecracker87 says: Apr 12, 2017 4:33 PM

    There aren’t any nets on the goal posts.

  18. johnheisman says: Apr 12, 2017 4:45 PM

    Anyone have the NFL draft rights to Lebron James? I am not using a calculator but there is a excellent chance that Lebron is earning a good living in the NBA seeing he is the best player in the world in the highest paying league.

    There are several excellent College basketball players that had success in the NFL but I believe that they also played football in college.
    Tony Gonzalez
    Jimmy Graham
    Antonio Gates
    Terrell Owens
    Martellus Bennett
    Julius Peppers
    Julius Thomas

  19. johnheisman says: Apr 12, 2017 4:53 PM

    Randy Moss was an elite High School basketball player and Jason “White Chocolate” Williams was on the same team.

    I saw Randy Moss on TV on the NBA TNT telecast with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley etc and he firmly believed that he could have played in the NBA. he compared himself to Latrell Sprewell for some reason.

  20. packmangamble says: Apr 12, 2017 6:11 PM

    What the heck? Do the Chiefs think they’re going to put basketball hoops on the goal posts?? So in other words you can kick and extra point for one point, go for two from the two yard line, or sink a three from the ten yard line!

  21. granadafan says: Apr 12, 2017 6:13 PM

    Tony Gonzalez was probably the best college basketball player who played football in college and pros. He was an all Pac-10 player.

  22. longtimefanh8tr says: Apr 12, 2017 6:20 PM

    How did that turn out for the Packers?

  23. golions1 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:16 PM

    It is a good idea to sign two of them in case one fouls out.

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