Tautvydas Kieras sure can throw the discus.
Now the Chiefs will see if he can play football.
The Chiefs signed the Lithuanian track star, who competed at Mississippi State, according to NFL.com.
The 6’3″, 271-pound Kieras has never played football, but he participated in Mississippi State’s pro day last week and bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and ran a 4.69 40-yard dash. He also jumped 35 inches in the vertical leap and 9 feet, 8 inches in the broad jump.
The Chiefs signed the 24-year-old as a linebacker. His bench press would have been third among linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine and his vertical leap would have been sixth.
Kieras owns the Mississippi State school record in the discus. He’s well-versed in measurable drills because of his track background. When it comes to football, however, it’s safe to say that he has a lot to learn.
The Chiefs don’t have much to lose. It’s not like they’re using a draft pick on him.