Not many names roll off the tongue as smoothly as Weston Dressler does. Really, just say it a couple of times. Weston Dressler. I already like this guy. Additionally, it’s a name Kansas City Chiefs‘ fans should get used to hearing as it would appear that Dressler may be on his way to playing in a Kansas City uniform in 2014.
According to reports, Dressler, a six-year veteran of the CFL, was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders Thursday to enable him to sign an NFL contract.
Dressler indicated that he may have something already worked out with a team, as he referenced “the team I am talking with” a couple times during Thursday’s press conference. Considering that Kansas City is the only squad that has invited him to an official workout, the odds that “the team he is talking with” is the Chiefs seems fairly likely.
So what exactly would Kansas City be getting in Dressler?
He’s a 5-foot-10, 180 pound utility man, who ended up in the CFL after going undrafted out of the University of North Dakota in 2008. He’s played slotback for Saskatchewan, which is somewhat of a running back/receiver hybrid a la Dexter McCluster. He also returns punts, and is pretty good at it, averaging 9.9 yards per return over his career.
He’s not outrageously fast — he clocked a 4.48 40-yard-dash — but still gains great separation from cornerbacks and is a legitimate down-field option. Dressler especially excels when a play breaks down, usually improvising his way to find space and bail his quarterback out of a sticky situation. Surely a tool Alex Smith would love to have at his disposal.
Many analysts have already began referring to the overused Wes Welker comparison when speaking of Dressler and yes, there are similarities. The two are virtually the same size — Welker is a hair bigger — but Dressler is actually faster and a more capable deep threat than is Welker. The fact that Dressler hasn’t gotten a chance until this juncture in his career is really somewhat surprising.
He’s recorded over 1,000 yards receiving in five of his six CFL seasons, an injury being the cause of his single sub-1,000 season. Granted, the CFL plays two more regular season games than does the NFL, but it’s an impressive accomplishment nonetheless. One that presumably reflects his durability and consistency, which are two things that Kansas City are in dire need of.
Oh, and he also has a weird, cult-like following that involves him having his very own brand of potato chips. So there’s that as well.
Dressler is as sure handed as they come and could be the cost-friendly replacement for the possibly-departing McCluster that Chiefs fans have been waiting for. It’s hard to project what these players from the CFL will perform like at the NFL level, but Wessler seems like as good a bet as anyone to be able to make the transition.
Kansas City will likely sign him to a one-year deal to see how his game translates to the league before offering him anything larger than that. If the Chiefs like what they see in training camp and OTAs, Dressler could plausibly line up as the team’s third receiver next season. He’s clearly an upgrade from current third option Donnie Avery and is a fantastic fit for a quarterback like Smith. Consider me on the Dressler train.