They'll get cut and catch on somewhere else.Hidden Gems: Two players jostling for time in Kansas City’s offensive backfield are players who weren’t necessarily at the forefront of the spotlight with their respective collegiate teams. Nonetheless, these two backs have both looked impressive thus far in training camp and have drawn positive reviews from Herm Edwards.
2007 fifth-round draft pick RB Kolby Smith had started only two career games at Louisville prior to his senior campaign. The versatile runner was slated to back up Heisman hopeful RB Michael Bush (selected in the 4th round by Oakland) in 2006, but Bush suffered a broken leg and Smith was thrust into the starting role by Week Four. He seized his opportunity by rushing for a career-high 891 yards on 154 carries (he only logged a total of 162 carries in his first three collegiate seasons combined) in his senior season.
Rookie free agent RB Marcus O’Keith started only one game during his career at the University of California. The hasty runner’s lack of starts wasn’t due to lack ability, but rather because of the simple fact that 2007 first-round draft pick RB Marshawn Lynch (12th overall, selected by Buffalo) roamed the Golden Bears backfield at the same time as O’Keith. In 46 collegiate games as a reserve, O’Keith still managed to show NFL scouts enough to be offered an NFL contract last April.
These two players are a true testament that if you have NFL talent, scouts will find you. Smith and O’Keith might have been buried in the depth charts behind NFL talent for much of the college careers, but both have patiently waited their turn and are now making waves in an NFL training camp.