Shortly after the seventh and final round of the 2014 NFL Draft yesterday, we found out that former BYU safety Daniel Sorensen had inked a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Sorensen will join another former Cougar in Kansas City, head coach Andy Reid. Besides having a fellow BYU alum as his head coach, Kansas City seems like as good as situation as any for Sorensen to get a shot in the NFL.
Most NFL teams keep three or four safeties on their roster. Fortunately for Sorensen, safety was a position of need for the Chiefs going into the draft. Arrow Pride's Joel Thorman had this to say after the Chiefs selected Auburn pass rusher, Dee Ford, with their first round selection.
"Pass rusher wasn't the most popular pick, not even close. Wide receiver, safety and offensive line were viewed by many as the bigger needs."
Thorman went on to explain Kansas City's current situation at safety.
"The Chiefs lost Quintin Demps and Kendrick Lewis in free agency. With Eric Berry on the team, the Chiefs need someone to pair with him. Currently, the competition is between Husain Abdullah and 2013 fifth round pick Sanders Commings."
The Chiefs did not end up addressing their needs at safety, so that opens up an opportunity for Sorensen to find a spot on the roster for the upcoming season. Sorensen may not exactly be the early round draft pick safety that Chiefs' fans were hoping for, but he could be a valuable backup in the defensive backfield and an immediate contributor on special teams.
It's usually an uphill battle for an undrafted free agent to make a roster. Typically the path of an undrafted free agent goes through the practice squad, but there are exceptions and Sorensen may just be one of those exceptions. Sorensen's skills on special teams may be what ultimately earns him a roster spot. A backup safety that can be a solid contributor on special teams can be a very valuable piece for any NFL franchise and that is exactly what Sorensen can do.