Damien Mama made the plunge to go early into the 2017 NFL Draft, but it wasn’t meant to be. He’s signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.
After three days of waiting, plus a little longer, Damien Mama has a new team: the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s one of a handful of players from USC to not get selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including Chad Wheeler, Justin Davis and Darreus Rogers.
Mama opted to leave USC as a junior with one year of eligibility remaining. He notched 30 career starts at left guard, making the All-Pac-12 honorable mentions list as a sophomore in 2015 and the All-Pac-12 second team in his final season in 2016.
At 6-foot-4, 325, Mama was renown in the lead up to the draft for his wide base and ability as a mover in the run game. However, physical testing at the NFL Combine left something to be desired as he posted the worst 40-yard dash time at the event.
Though he might have hoped for a higher selection when he made the decision to leave early, Mama now has a home with the Chiefs and the opportunity to justify his departure.