KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Much like the first week at any new job, there’s a ton being thrown at the most recent additions to the Kansas City Chiefs' roster during this weekend's rookie minicamp.
For running back Darwin Thompson, a highly productive sixth-round pick from Utah State with a skill set well-suited for the Chiefs' offense, the first hurdle was getting over the nerves of meeting his new boss.
“You talk about star struck," Thompson said, "when I met coach Andy Reid in my top-30 visit, I’m like, 'Man, this is a Hall of Fame coach. He’s on his way.' Just be in his system to see what he’s done with others at the running back position, I’m very blessed, it’s the perfect situation."
Thompson is only 5-feet-8, but he's shifty and elusive in space, which already garnered attention of his teammates.
Seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti, an interior offensive lineman from Illinois, believes Thompson could become a fan favorite.
“He’s a really good athlete — quick, explosive," Allegretti said. "(He's) going to be fun to watch."
Thompson said that, while he was a smaller back, no one ever told him he couldn’t succeed at football growing up.
After all, he didn’t have to look far for inspiration. He's related to former Oklahoma State running back David Thompson, who spent times with Rams.
Now, it’s Darwin's turn to try and make his mark in the NFL.