Chiefs Welcomes NFL Regional Combine Standout Linebacker Ben Johnson, Five Others Sign

By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer

The NFL Draft ended Saturday with names called over the podium, but for the undrafted free agents, the draft begins by the way of the phone. And linebacker Ben Johnson, who was a standout at the NFL Super Regional Combine in Detroit, received the phone call that may change his life as the Kansas City Chiefs signed him as an undrafted free aget Monday, along with five others.

“It will be an eventful day (wedding day) to say the least, “ said Johnson, who married his college sweetheart Saturday. “And there is nothing more important than our wedding, but being drafted will for sure be in the back of my mind.”

Johnson played at Tennessee-Martin and was a staple for the program and, now, he looks to make a stamp in the NFL.

“Ben is one of the most dedicated, hard-working players to ever wear a Yellow Jacket uniform,” said coach Hughes. “He was a natural leader both on and off the field and the definition of a coach’s player. The opportunity for Ben to be drafted or even be in an NFL camp is a testimony to his work ethic – and will put Fairview football on a different map than it currently resides.”

The Chiefs others NFL hopefuls signed as well:

Daniel Sorensen                 S           6-2         208          Brigham Young        Colton, Calif.

Darryl Surgent                    WR        6-0         185          Louisiana-Lafayette  Alexandria, La.

David Van Dyke                  CB         6-0         185          Tennessee State      Miami, Fla.

Charcandrick West             RB         5-10       205          Abilene Christian      Springhill, La.

Albert Wilson                      WR        5-9         200          Georgia State           Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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