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Chiefs working out college basketball players, looking for hidden gems

The Chiefs are working out the likes of D.J. Johnson and other college basketball players
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

The Kansas City Chiefs are holding pre-draft visits with three college basketball players: VCU forward Mo-Allie Cox, Kansas State forward D.J. Johnson, and Texas Western forward Najeal Young, reports Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. None of them played football in college.

Chiefs’ general manager John Dorsey isn’t the only one interested in Cox and Johnson. Thirty teams sent people to watch Cox work out on Tuesday, and the Chicago Bears have also shown interest in Johnson. It seems like all three are being looked at as tight end prospects. As anyone who has ever watched a game involving star tight ends Jimmy Graham or Antonio Gates knows, they played basketball in college.

The Chiefs are already set at the position with Travis Kelce, however, they have struggled to find the right person as their No. 2 tight end. James O’Shaughnessy and Demetrius Harris both saw snaps in that role last season, though the two had less than 20 combined receptions.

It would be surprising if any of these players were drafted, however, it’s possible that they will be signed as undrafted free agents. If so, we look forward to hearing more about tight ends that played basketball in college.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.