With the 2014 NFL Draft approaching, people are already looking toward next season and what it holds for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2013’s draft, the Chiefs had eight picks and used one of them on inside linebacker Nico Johnson. At the time, it seemed like a solid pick. The Chiefs were in need of beefing up their defense and Johnson seemed to be a reliable choice for the future.
Johnson impressed the coaching stuff during spring training and was proving to be a tough competitor for fellow Kansas City linebacker Akeem Jordan. Many seemed to think that Johnson had a chance of working his way into the starting line up.
Things changed, however, as Johnson suffered an ankle injury during the preseason game against the Steelers. Johnson did get to see the field in 2013 though. He played in the final game of the season when the Chiefs rested their starters and totaled five tackles in that game.
With Akeem Jordan headed to Washington in free agency, it seemed as if Nico Johnson would get the chance to start in 2014. Kansas City decided to sign former Texans linebacker Joe Mays to a two year contract to compete with Johnson for the starting job.
I know it’s only been a year since he was drafted, but there seemed like a lot of potential for Nico Johnson to be a solid player in his first year as a Chief. He did get injured before the season even started, but even when he was healthy, he didn’t get much playing time.