Kansas City is looking for somebody to take the spot next to Derrick Johnson in the worst way. Jovan Belcher was adequate in 2011, but nothing special. The team signed Brandon Siler last season in hopes that he would take the job, but an injury took his 2011 season before it started. Cory Greenwood is a young, small school player that the coaches seem to really like. The talent is either coming off injury or somewhat unproven next to DJ.
Many of the fans expected the Chiefs to grab an inside linebacker during April’s draft s well. They didn’t draft one, but they signed Dexter Heyman as an UDFA. He was the leader of Louisville’s defense last year. KCCD had the chance to ask Dexter a few questions recently:
What was your experience immediately following the draft?
My experience was that of a free agent, very stressful. Teams were calling during the draft and I thought maybe I would be drafted. Teams were calling my agent to see if I was still available. And we were waiting for the right fit.
Why the Chiefs?
We chose the chiefs organization to be a part of because of the reputation in Kansas City. It’s an organization built around toughness and Romeo Crennel is a great coach. Not only that, but the fans are unrivaled in terms of commitment and passion for this franchise. It was a team that my agent and I had identified before the draft even started. Other teams called during the draft and after but we were really hoping the Chiefs called and offered, and we were relieved when my agent got the call..
Did you choose #53 or was it assigned? If you chose it, any significance?
It was assigned to me. There wasn’t any significance behind it from my end. All I can do is work hard so that I can hopefully keep my number, because it’s an honor to have an opportunity to fulfill a dream. It doesn’t matter what number they give me, I’m just happy to have one to put on.
What were you expecting going into the Rookie camp?
I didn’t know what to expect. I just wanted to go out and find a way to get better every day. My agent tried to tell me what was going to happen, but once you actually get there, you really don’t know what to expect.
What went on during this minicamp? Was it more introductory to the NFL? What type of on-field stuff did you do?
A lot of fundamentals and technique work. Learning the playbook, schemes and how other players play. Yes it was basically an introduction to the NFL. Get us use to each other, coaches and what to expect.
How were the interactions with your new teammates?
Our rookie class is pretty close-knit. A lot of us had prior relationships from college and the draft process and it carried over into camp.
As an undrafted FA, were you treated any differently by the organization/coaches than the players that were drafted?
I wouldn’t say so. The coaches were really diligent about demanding the same things from everyone. I think everyone understands that you have to give your all everyday and the coaches won’t expect anything less than your best. And that is what I plan on giving.
More Q & A with Dexter on page 2.