Chiefs take 3 in third
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- With three selections in the third round
of the NFL draft today, the Kansas City Chiefs went for a safety, a
blocking tight end and a fast running back from Texas.
Brad Cottam, a 6-foot-7 tight end from Tennessee was taken with
the overall 76th selection.
A few minutes earlier, Kansas City made Texas running back
Jamaal Charles the 73rd player selected, projecting him as a backup
to Larry Johnson and a possible kick returner.
And with the third choice today, the Chiefs went for safety
DeJuan Morgan of North Carolina State.
The 6-foot-7, 269-pound Cottam started only seven of the 38
games he played at Tennessee and caught only 21 passes for 341
yards and a touchdown. He missed much of last season with a broken
Charles is one of the most accomplished running backs in Texas
history. During a three-year career, the 5-11, 199-pound Charles
rushed for 3,328 yards.
He was also a track star, placing first in the 100-meter dash in
the Big 12 outdoor track championship as a freshman.
Morgan will be used on special teams and be given a chance to
compete with the Chiefs' other young safeties.
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