From undrafted to Super Bowl champs, Chiefs UDFAs talk

Missouri Florida Football Yasir Durant
Miami Florida Football Tommy Townsend
Darryl Williams
Posted at 5:39 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 19:52:50-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs drafted six college players on to the team in April, but an even bigger group every year is the undrafted free agents, or UDFAs.

The Chiefs signed 19 UDFAs following the draft, including four who met the media Wednesday.

Yasir Durant is an offensive lineman from Missouri. Originally from Philadelphia, Durant group up an Andy Reid fan and is happy to be continuing his football career in the Show-Me State.

"It didn't work out with my name being called, but I was glad to get a call from the Chiefs and am really excited for this opportunity," Durant said.

Tommy Townsend is a punter from Florida, via Tennessee, where Dustin Colquitt punted. Now Townsend will be in a competition to replace the Volunteer and Chief legend.

"I'm really excited for the chance to step in after a guy like Dustin," Townsend said. "He's an absolute legend, so it's exciting to have the chance to try and live up to that standard that he's set."

Like Colquitt, Townsend's brother also kicks in the NFL.

Darryl Williams is an offensive lineman from Mississippi State. So, with the drafting of linebacker Willie Gay Jr. in the second round, that makes two Bulldogs coming to Kansas City.

"It's great to be a part of a Super Bowl team and to try to develop it," Williams said. "I'm just here to work my tail off and compete at a high level."

Tershawn Wharton is a defensive lineman from Missouri S&T who played high school football in St. Louis.

"Signing to a team that close to my home town is good for my family to be able to come see me play," Wharton said.