The Kansas City Chiefs are known to express the saying “we leave no stone un-turned” or “a diamond in the rough” when it comes to evaluating and finding football players.
Well, leave it to them to travel all the way to Canada to not just draft an offensive lineman in Laurent D. Tardiff, but also sign arguably the best wide receiver out of the CFL in Weston Dressler. The 28 year old CFL superstar isn’t from Canada, it’s just a platform where he was able to make his name.
Today, we’re continuing our player profile series with one of the Chiefs newest additions, Weston Dressler. His 5-foot-7, 179 lbs frame isn’t exactly your prototypical NFL size but he makes up for it with his speed and hands.
First, How’d He Get Here?:
Dressler was born in North Dakota, where he would go on to attend the University of North Dakota. In his four season’s there (2004-2007), Dressler became UND’s all-time receiving leader with 243 catches for 3,382 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also owns 19 other records for UND.
After not being selected into the NFL, Weston headed north for the CFL where he would join the Saskatchewan Roughriders and go on to play 6 excellent seasons. He’s actually entering the NFL as a CFL champion, having won the Grey Cup just last season.
The Chiefs traveled up there to meet with, and workout, Dressler back in January. They later inked him to a contract thus bringing him to our beloved Chiefs.
A Look At His Numbers:
Since joining the Canadian Football League in 2008, Dressler had become one of the best receivers in the CFL. In his rookie season, he accounted for 1,123 yards and six touchdowns. Not too shabby!
Dressler’s best seasons have been the last two (2012, 2013) where he’s caught a combined 164 passes for 2,217 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s shown the ability to stretch the field and most of all, his ability to catch. (stats via CFL.ca.com)
Dressler is a CFL highlight reel, which you can check out below.
Weston Dressler has a ton of upside and has all the necessary tools to succeed in the NFL. Andy Reid and John Dorsey love to find these diamond in the rough type of players and this guy fits that mold.
I really like what Dressler brings to the table and I’m anxious to see if he can get separation from NFL defensive backs consistently. In the CFL, receivers get a running start (what is this? Arena football??) so he had an advantage from the get go.
In the NFL, receivers must rely on their feet and initial first step to get off the line and beat press coverage. If he can work on that, the guy can for sure catch the football. It should be fun to watch him battle this pre-season.