Typically, seventh-round draft picks do not make the roster unless they have made a serious impact on the coaches during camp. However, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano, who was the 207th overall selection the 2013 NFL Draft, is certainly someone fans can cheer for this summer.
Catapano is not only determined to make the 53-man roster out of camp, but he also wants to make a difference for the Chiefs during the upcoming season. The good news is the coaching staff and management believes he certainly is someone that stands out.
“He’s 6-4, 270 pounds and he’s coming off a 12-sack season that he accumulated this past year,” head coach Andy Reid said, according to KCChiefs.com. “He was the defensive player of the year in the Ivy League. You’re looking at a good, solid football player, who’s very solid, very intense and loves to play the game. You hear nothing but great things about him, when you talk to the people at Princeton.”
Catapano is certainly not going to let his unique opportunity go to waste. He is willing to make every chance he gets on the field count. The fact that there have been several stories over the years about seventh-round players succeeding in the NFL certainly gives him the confidence that he can one day be mentioned with the likes of Donald Driver and Shannon Sharpe.
The Princeton graduate knows that the only way he can reach the top of the mountain is by preparing his body for what lays ahead in training camp.
“It looks like a lot of sweat and blood and pain,” Catapano told KCChiefs.com. “That’s how I have always done it in the offseason. I always put myself through some crazy stuff to come back in great shape and to help this team and contribute to this team and hopefully win a championship. I put myself through the ringer every year to make myself the best I can be and I’m going to keep doing that as long as I’m playing this game.”