Rookie report: DE Mike Catapano

February, 14, 2014
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DE Mike Catapano

How acquired: 2013 seventh-round draft pick.

2013 season: Catapano initially began his NFL career as an outside linebacker but after going through the offseason practices the Chiefs moved him to defensive end. He played a surprising number of defensive snaps, 89, for a rookie seventh-round draft pick from an Ivy League school, Princeton. He showed some pass rush ability at times and had one sack.

Looking ahead: At 270 pounds, Catapano is undersized to be a regular at defensive end. He’ll need to put on some weight if he’s ever going to be part of the playing rotation. His role in 2014 could be determined by what happens with one of last season’s starting ends, Tyson Jackson. He is a prospective free agent and if he leaves, the Chiefs may draft or sign his replacement. They also have Allen Bailey as the top reserve who could step in for Jackson. Regardless, Catapano looked last season like he was a long way from being ready to contribute on an every-down basis. He does have some pass rush skills but he may never become anything more than a situational pass-rusher.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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