Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Monday that the club has agreed to terms of two-year contracts with 16 rookie free agents. T George Batiste, CB Tyron Brackenridge, LB Brian Crum, DT Stanley Doughty, WR Brad Ekwerekwu, S Marlon Fair, DE Chris Harris, DE Michael Heard, DT Matt McGlothlin, TE Wes Murphy, T James Newby, RB Marcus O’Keith, WR Maurice Price, WR Ean Randolph, WR Titus Ryan and QB Jeff Terrell all agreed to terms. No other terms of the agreements were made available.
Batiste (6-4, 289) started 48 games at Southern Mississippi, including all 13 games as a senior. He was a member of the 2006 Outland Trophy “Watch List.” He was a three-year starter at L.W. Higgins High School in Avondale, Louisiana.
Brackenridge (5-11, 189) played in 21 games (12 starts) at Washington State, recording 56 tackles (33 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions, seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He started his career at Chaffey Junior College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Pasadena, California native was a prep standout at Upland High School in Ontario, California.
Crum (6-2, 233) appeared 37 games (11 starts) at Florida, recording 45 tackles (25 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, a half of a sack and one pass defensed. He played in 14 games (11 starts) as a senior, amassing 30 tackles (15 solo), a half of a sack and one pass defensed. He began his college career as a tight end before moving to linebacker as a redshirt freshman. The high school All-America selection was a two-way standout at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia.
Doughty (6-1, 330) appeared in 33 games (12 starts) at South Carolina. He registered 52 tackles (39 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss (-46.0 yards) and 3.5 sacks (-22.0 yards). The Greensburg, Louisiana native earned all-state honors at St. Helena Central High School as a senior in 2003.
Ekwerekwu (6-3, 216) was a three-year starter at Missouri, appearing in 44 games with 34 starts. He caught 95 career passes for 956 yards (10.1 avg.) with six TDs. He also rushed 15 times for 21 yards with a TD and completed two of three passes with one TD. The Arlington, Texas native was a two-way star at Arlington High School playing both receiver and safety.
Fair (5-10, 204) played in 47 (25 solo) at Hampton, posting 172 tackles (94 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks (-10.0 yards), two interceptions, nine passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He started all 12 games as a senior, ranking second on the team with 73 tackles (39 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, an interception and two forced fumbles. He was a three-year letterman quarterback and safety at Southeast Raleigh High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Harris (6-5, 257) played in 43 games (two starts) at Alabama. He tallied 46 tackles (23 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss (-23.0 yards), 3.0 sacks (-14.0 yards), two QB pressures, an interception, three passes defensed and a forced fumble. Harris was a SuperPrep All-America selection at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Heard (6-1, 253) saw action in 40 games (28 starts) as a defensive end for Mississippi State, opening all 12 contests as a senior. He totaled 108 tackles (67 solo), 21.5 tackles for loss (-82.0 yards), 11.0 sacks (-57.0 yards), six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Heard was a two-time all-state and all-region selection at Lovejoy High School in Lovejoy, Georgia.
McGlothlin (5-11, 300) appeared in 36 games (14 starts) at Tennessee. He registered 23 tackles (17 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss (-1.0 yard) and a QB pressure. The all-state selection played on both sides of the ball for Richlands High School in Richlands, Virginia.
Murphy (6-3, 268) saw duty in 33 games (16 starts) at Arkansas. He caught three passes for 41 yards (13.7 avg.) and a TD after switching to the offensive side of the football in his junior season. Murphy also totaled 33 tackles (13 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss (-6.0 yards), a sack (-3.0 yards), a pass defensed and a fumble recovery as a defensive end during his first two collegiate campaigns. He was part of a 2001 state championship team at Shiloh Christian High School in Springdale, Arkansas.
Newby (6-5, 294) played in 39 games (30 starts), including opening the final 24 contests of his college career at North Carolina State. He ranked third on the team with 54 knockdown blocks and was named the club’s Bob Warren Award winner for integrity and sportsmanship. He played tackle and defensive end as a prep star at Athens High School in Athens, Alabama.
O’Keith (5-11, 198) appeared in 46 games (one start) for California finishing with 111 carries for 673 yards (6.1 avg.) with seven TDs. O’Keith also posted seven career catches for 111 yards (15.9 avg.) and 13 kickoff returns for 308 yards (23.7 avg.). He earned All-West region honors by PrepStar as a senior at Narbonne High School in Carson, California after rushing for 3,300 yards and 35 touchdowns in his prep career.
Price (6-0, 197) posted 202 receptions for 2,429 yards (12.0 avg.) with 19 TDs as a three-year starter at Charleston Southern. A two-time All-Big South Conference standout, Price was also a two-time recipient of Offensive Receiver of the Year honors from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He posted 103 catches as a junior, becoming just the seventh receiver in Division I-AA history to record 100 or more catches in a single season. The Orlando, Florida native was a four-year performer at Olympia High School, earning first-team all-county honors as a senior.
Randolph (5-8, 173) appeared in 13 games in two seasons at South Florida after beginning his collegiate career at Webber International. Randolph led the Bulls in receiving with 49 catches for 506 yards with four touchdowns as a senior and led the Big East Conference in punt returns with a 14.8-yard average on 25 returns for 370 yards and a touchdown. The Plant City, Florida native prepped at Durant High School.
Ryan (6-0, 193) played one year of football at Concordia College in Selma, Alabama after a successful stint at East Central Community College. Ryan also competed as a sprinter in track and field for one season at Wallace State Community College. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native prepped at Tuscaloosa County High School.
Terrell (6-1, 220) started 20 games in his collegiate career at Princeton, compiling a 16-4 record in two seasons as the starting signal caller. Terrell led the Tigers to a conference championship as a senior en route to winning the Bushnell Cup which is awarded to the Ivy League MVP. In just two seasons as a collegiate starter, the Chagrin Falls, Ohio native threw for 4,166 career passing yards, the fourth-highest total in school history. Terrell was a two-time all-state performer at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
CHIEFS 2007 ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. College HS Hometown
George Batiste T 6-4 289 Southern Mississippi Avondale, LA
Tyron Brackenridge CB 5-11 189 Washington State Ontario, CA
Brian Crum LB 6-2 233 Florida Kingsland, GA
Stanley Doughty DT 6-1 330 South Carolina Greensburg, LA
Brad Ekwerekwu WR 6-3 216 Missouri Arlington, TX
Marlon Fair S 5-10 204 Hampton Knightdale, NC
Chris Harris DE 6-5 257 Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
Michael Heard DE 6-1 253 Mississippi State Lovejoy, GA
Matt McGlothlin DT 5-11 300 Tennessee Pounding Mill, VA
Wes Murphy TE 6-3 268 Arkansas Cuthbert, AR
James Newby T 6-5 294 North Carolina State Athens, AL
Marcus O’Keith RB 5-11 198 California Carson, CA
Maurice Price WR 6-0 197 Charleston Southern Orlando, FL
Ean Randolph WR 5-8 173 South Florida Plant City, FL
Titus Ryan WR 6-0 193 Concordia Tuscaloosa, AL
Jeff Terrell QB 6-1 220 Princeton Chagrin Falls, OH
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