Read What Chiefs Draft Picks Said

Read What Chiefs Draft Picks Said

Check out what Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Rashee Rice, Wanya Morris and Chamarri Conner said to the media on Saturday.


Q: Did going on a tour of GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in fifth grade plant any type of seed in your head that you wanted to be a Kansas City Chief one day?

ANUDIKE-UZOMAH: “Oh yeah. Obviously if you’re a Chiefs fan, especially a Chiefs fan growing up, you always have the dream of playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s every young boy’s dream is to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. So, other than that, I’m happy to be and I’m honored to be able to fulfill the dream that a lot of people around Kansas City, Missouri, have a dream of.”

Q: Were you picturing yourself in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform on that tour of the locker room when you were in the fifth grade?

ANUDIKE-UZOMAH: “Yeah, it’s funny because I was a big Jamaal Charles fan, so I remember I had 25 because I wanted to be (a running back) – at the time I was a running back, so I wanted to be a running back just like Jamaal Charles.”

Q: What does your mom think of the full circle moment? Have you had those type of conversations with her?

ANUDIKE-UZOMAH: “Yeah, at the same time she always talks about how blessed she is and she manifested that, too, when I was younger. I think there’s a post from 2011 at my Little League game, she missed it, but she always had high hopes for me and said, ‘Hey, if you want to go to the NFL, you just got to work hard. And you got to have no mindset of ‘I’m tired’ or ‘Oh, I can do it at a later date,’ you’ve got to work now.”

Q: Do you have any specific goals going into your rookie year?

ANUDIKE-UZOMAH: “Obviously, to start off now, I just want to learn the playbook and I just want to be present and learn from the guys that already won a Super Bowl. And if I have the opportunity to play or (to) start, anything like that, I’ll be gladly appreciative. But as of right now, I want to work on learning the playbook and work on getting tips from the older guys.”


Q: How does it feel to finally get the jersey and the helmet? How excited are you to start your professional career?

RICE: “I’m very excited. I mean, I haven’t got to get the full experience yet, but I know I’m in for a lot, to be honest. I’m ready for it.”

Q: What have the conversations with Patrick Mahomes been like since the Draft?

RICE: “Honestly, taking ahold of everything and not letting anything overwhelm me and taking everything day by day so I can learn the plays and stuff like that.”

Q: Did you get a pretty good sense during your visit that this could be a landing spot for you?

RICE: “Yeah, I did. I kind of felt the relationship that me and (Wide Receivers) Coach (Connor) Embree had, and (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Matt) Nagy. I mean, it was just kind of comfortable and with them being a championship team, I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”

Q: What did they say to you then?

RICE: “It wasn’t so much what they said to me, it was kind of how they treated me and how they made me feel comfortable even though I wasn’t a part of the team yet.”


Q: Has it hit yet that you’re a member of the Kansas City Chiefs?

MORRIS: “Man, it definitely has. It’s definitely a process man, but it’s a blessing at the same time. But you just can’t forget the main thing – keep the main thing the main thing and go out there and work. That’s what I came here for.”

Q: Who currently on the roster have you been in touch with?

MORRIS: “You know I played next to Trey (Smith at Tennessee), so Trey was one of the first people I talked to after I got the call. So, we’ve been talking a whole lot. Me and Jerome (Carvin) – he’s here as a signed free agent – and Creed (Humphrey) also, me and Creed have been chopping it up a lot.”

Q: On the significance of his jersey number – 64.

MORRIS: “Six plus four equals 10 and I’m a 10. On a scale of one out of 10, I’m a 10 (laughter). I’ve had it since high school, so I really just stuck with it. My freshman year I got moved up to varsity and that’s the number I chose. I just stuck with it and it stuck with me.”

Q: On the tattoos and writing on his right arm.

MORRIS: “My god-mom always called me a big grizzly bear and my mom always told me I was a born king. So, I got ‘born a king’ on there and then a grizzly bear with a crown on it. (On the writing) It’s one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite shows (Naruto), actually. It stuck with me. ‘Some people think to be strong is to never feel pain. However, the strongest people are the ones that have felt pain, understood it, accepted it and learned from it.’ You learn things from everywhere.”


Q: Have they told you a specific spot that they want to start you at during rookie minicamp?

CONNER: “I think I’m pretty much going to be moving around a little bit, but the different safety spots. I think it’s really interchangeable, I’m just going to be kind of moving around.”

Q: What’s the initial feeling like of getting your uniform and knowing that you’re about to start your professional career?

CONNER: “It feels great. I’m blessed with this opportunity; I’m just taking it all in and putting my best foot forward every time I step on the field and every time I step in the meeting room.”

Q: Does it mean more to you that the Chiefs traded up to select you?

CONNER: “Yes, sir. It meant so much. When they told me that they traded up that just put extra bonus points on it because they didn’t have to do that. They didn’t have to trade up to get me, so it definitely put an extra bonus on it.”

Q: How do you feel about special teams?

CONNER: “I’m big on special teams. I’ve always been big on special teams. Coming from Virginia Tech, it’s something that we emphasize day-in and day-out, we know it’s a big part of the game. So, I’ve always been locked in on special teams.”