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Chiefs Sign Seventh-Round Pick TE Jake O'Connell

Jun 26, 2009, 3:28:47 PM

twitterThe Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has signed seventh-round draft pick TE Jake O’Connell.

O’Connell (6-3, 250) joined the Chiefs as the club’s second of three seventh-round selections (237th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played in 41 games (13 starts) at Miami (Ohio). He caught 46 passes for 453 yards (9.8 avg.) with four TDs to go with seven special teams tackles.

O’Connell saw duty in 12 games (seven starts) in 2008 for the RedHawks. He posted a career-high 25 receptions for 258 yards (10.3 avg.). He also registered three special teams tackles.

The Naples, Florida native earned honorable mention all-region and all-county honors as a defensive back at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Florida. He was a three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and safety, leading the team in interceptions for three straight seasons. O’Connell tallied 83 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.