The Kansas City Chiefs continue to cycle out wide receivers in hopes of finding talent on the open market. On Sunday they brought in Corey Washington and Robert Wheelwright.
We have waived TE Emanuel Byrd and WR Antwan Goodley.
We have signed free agents WR Corey Washington and WR Robert Wheelwright. pic.twitter.com/E03sit0F4L
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 31, 2017
Washington was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. He has bounced around the NFL since, spending time with the Giants, Redskins, Lions, Falcons and Bills.
He saw his most success with the Giants in 2014, as they were the only team he broke camp with. Washington ended up catching five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Washington has great size at 6’4″, yet he can look to add weight on his 214 lb frame. He has decent athleticism, running a 4.5 40 with a 33″ vertical jump and a 10’5″ broad jump at his Pro Day. Washington has the looks of a solid size/speed prospect who can look to add on both aspects.
Washington played his college at D2 Newberry, which is much of the reason he went undrafted. He did however average an impressive 19.2 yards per catch. If he can continue to be the deep threat he was in college, he will earn a spot on an NFL roster.
For now Washington is just a camp body for the Chiefs. However he has cracked an NFL roster before and knows what it takes to succeed. In a weak receiving core, perhaps he will get another chance in 2017.
Wheelwright went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. He signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent but never appeared in a game. He has now found his way to Kansas City where he will look to break into the NFL.
In his four years at Wisconsin he caught 69 passes for 890 yards and six touchdowns.
Like Washington, Wheelwright has solid size at 6’3″ but could look to add weight on his 202 pound frame. He ran a similar 4.54 40 while completing a 38″ vertical jump and 128.5″ broad jump at his Pro Day.
Wheelwright has all the tools to be a star, but he underachieved during his time at Wisconsin. He has long arms and the ability to make the spectacular catch. He needs to work on his fundamentals and develop a mean streak, but he was a four star prospect coming in college and knows how to be successful on the field.
It may take a few years on the practice squad, but eventually Wheelwright will get his shot at the NFL level. The former Badger is hoping he can expedite that process with a strong training camp in 2017.
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