Since stepping off the field at California Memorial Stadium for the last time two years ago, former Cal receiver Kekoa Crawford has gone through a lot of change. Following a graduate season with the Bears, Crawford signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent, a stint that would only last for a portion of the 2022 offseason as Crawford was cut prior to the final 53-man roster selection. But it wasn’t those changes that landed Crawford a deal with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
The Chiefs agreed to terms with Crawford last week, as first reported by Aaron Wilson of KPRC on Wednesday.
The Michigan transfer saw the field many times, both as a Bear and a Wolverine. After starting 35 games in a six-year college career, Crawford hauled in nearly 100 passes for 1,307 yards and six touchdown receptions. Though only standing at 6’1”, Crawford took snaps at wide receiver and has shown the ability to make dynamic catches.
Since his time in Indianapolis, it seems that Crawford has doubled down on his NFL aspirations. In March, he participated in Cal’s Pro Day workouts, marking notable improvements in his measurables and times in front of NFL scouts. Crawford posted faster 40-yard dash times all while weighing in at 201 pounds, bulking up from his measurements at the 2022 NFL Combine.
Following a strong showing in Berkeley, Crawford tried out at the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp. Kansas City wanted another look, and Crawford was called back for the team’s full minicamp. As one of only two players to try out for the Chiefs at minicamp, he certainly made the most of his second opportunity. Crawford was one of 51 tryout players to participate in rookie minicamp in May; he stood out against free agents and competed head-to-head with players already on the Chiefs’ roster.
It seems that Crawford’s persistence has paid off with Kansas City, as they agreed to terms on a deal that will likely keep him with the team for training camp, which begins July 23.