Chiefs Sign 18 UDFAs

The Chiefs became the latest team to announce their undrafted free agent class:

  • Andre Baccellia, WR (Washington)
  • Maurice French, WR (Pittsburgh)
  • Aleva Hifo, WR (BYU)
  • Kalija Lipscomb, WR (Vanderbilt)
  • Justice Shelton‐Mosley, WR (Vanderbilt)
  • Cody White, WR (Michigan State)
  • Yasir Durant, T (Missouri)
  • Jovahn Fair, G (Temple)
  • Darryl Williams, C (Miss St.)
  • Tershawn Wharton, DT (Missouri S&T)
  • Omari Cobb, LB (Marshall)
  • Bryan Wright, LB (Cincinnati)
  • Rodney Clemons, S (SMU)
  • Jalen Julius, S (Ole Miss)
  • Hakeem Bailey, CB (West Virginia)
  • Javaris Davis, CB (Auburn)
  • Lavert Hill, CB (Michigan)
  • Tommy Townsend, P (Florida)

The Chiefs had to spend relatively big to get a couple of these guys. Lipscomb got $110K guaranteed and a $10K signing bonus, while Williams got $107K guaranteed and a $7K signing bonus (Twitter links via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network). This was regarded as an epic receiver class with plenty of draftable players going un-selected due to the surplus, so it’s not surprising guys like Lipscomb are landing big bonuses.

As a junior at Vandy he had 916 yards and nine touchdowns, although he took a step back last season. Williams was a three-year starter at MSU who can play guard and center.

All told, the Chiefs inked a whopping six undrafted receivers. White declared early after racking up 922 yards and six touchdowns as a senior at Michigan State. Davis was widely expected to get drafted, with NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projecting him as a fifth-rounder and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller having him go at the top of the sixth, so he’s a nice get as well.

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7 comments on “Chiefs Sign 18 UDFAs

    • crosseyedlemon

      Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb was one of my favorites. His life was tragic in so many ways but he was one helluva DE when he played for the Colts. He had no college background and joined the Rams as a UDFA straight out of Camp Pendleton (he was a marine). More deserving to be in the Hall of Fame than a lot of guys in there.

  1. Michael Chaney

    Believe it or not, it’s actually Maurice Ffrench. It seems like it would be a typo, but it actually isn’t.

  2. phenomenalajs

    I believe Lavert Hill is still listed on ESPN’s draft page as the top available corner at a rank of 107 overall. Top UDFAs have flexibility in their choices so it’s not surprising they’d choose the Superbowl champs. A few years ago, Lael Collins chose the Cowboys after he was subject of a police investigation the weekend of the draft that caused all teams to hold back on him.

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