Kansas City Chiefs have signed FB Braden Wilson to their roster. Wilson, who is the Chiefs 204th overall pick in the 2013 draft, will fill the hole that Patrick DiMarco left at fullback. Wilson has been regarded as possibly the best blocking fullback that the 2013 draft had to offer. He won’t be much of a threat with the ball, but his size and strength will definitely help clear lanes for RB Jamaal Charles.
Wilson played at Kansas State during his collegiate career and started in 27 games during his four years there. Wilson only had 21 carries and 18 receptions during his college years, so it is safe to say that he won’t be much of a threat handling the ball, as stated above. That doesn’t matter though; he wasn’t brought in to be a runner or receiver. Wilson will contribute to the team by using his strength and size to seal blocks and move defenders out of the way for his running backs. He has proven to be a punishing and destructive blocker, and the Chiefs expect him to continue that as he transitions into the NFL.
Wilson will most likely be the starting fullback as long as he stays healthy. He is currently the only fullback signed to the Chiefs roster. Coach Andy Reid has praised the fullback, and shown his trust in him by saying that he thought he was the best blocking fullback in the draft.
So it is obvious that the Chiefs have full support for Wilson and believe that Wilson has what it takes to become a game-changing blocker in the NFL. This addition will help them maintain their already-stellar rushing attack, which placed top five in the league in 2012.
Colin Barton is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @ColinBartonRS