Apr 26, 2013; Kansas City , MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks to the media during a press conference introducing first round draft pick Eric Fisher (not pictured) at the Kansas City Chiefs Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Grade: Mike Catapano


THE PICK: Mike Catapano, defensive end, Princeton

Kansas City found a project in the seventh round with Princeton defensive end Mike Catapano. Where Andy Reid chooses to play him will be interesting. At 6-3, 271 pounds, Catapano ran a 4.75 40-yard dash and showed a athleticism and power in the cone drills and the broad jump.

The problem is Catapano is too light to play defensive end in a 3-4 which may mean either a move to a rushing outside linebacker or a year’s worth of time in the weight room trying to get bigger. If it is the latter then he will have the challenge of adding weight while keeping his quickness. Early evaluations suggest he’ll stay on the line so the risk here increases a little. But, again, this is the seventh round so any production here would be a win for Kansas City.

Like the last three picks, the Chiefs chose to secure guys they could have gotten in undrafted free agency instead of securing Tyler Bray or Zac Dysert. It would seem the value of taking a flyer on Dysert or Bray would trump the value of Catapano in this situation but the Chiefs clearly felt otherwise.

Still, scouts like Catapano’s potential and his motor – which apparently is always running – so Kansas City may have found a diamond in the rough here.

GRADE: C+

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OTHER CHIEFS DRAFT GRADES

First Round – Eric Fisher: B

Third Round – Travis Kelce: B+

Third Round -Knile Davis: B-

Fourth Round – Nico Johnson: B+

Fifth Round – Sanders Commings: B-

Sixth Round – Eric Kush: C

Sixth Round – Braden Wilson: B-

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