Chiefs bring in TE Mark Vital for a tryout, LB Elijah Sullivan for a visit

The Kansas City Chiefs hosted a pair of players on Friday to visit the team and try out their skills.

According to the NFL’s personnel notice the Chiefs had TE Mark Vital and LB Elijah Sullivan come in for a tryout. There is a difference between a tryout or a visit. Visits do not include football activities.

Vital, a promising developmental prospect, is at the tight end position. Vital, who is 6-5 and 250 st., helped the Baylor Bears men’s basketball team win a national championship earlier this year. Vital signed with the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA Summer League after his college basketball career ended. He announced shortly thereafter that he would switch his focus from basketball and play professional football, a sport he had not played since childhood.

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The Seahawks signed Vital to their practice team in September. However, he only lasted for four days before being released.

Sullivan was recently released from the San Franciso 49ers’ practice squad as well. After six years spent in Manhattan, Kansas, with the Wildcats, Sullivan signed with the Niners after the 2021 NFL Draft. Sullivan appeared in 48 games for the Wildcats, recording 144 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, six passes defended, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The 6-0 and 215-pound linebacker is a bit undersized for what the Chiefs traditionally like at the position, but with Willie Gay Jr. on injured reserve, the team needs to add players at the position to their call list.

If either player signs with Kansas City it will likely be on the practice team. Brett Veach tends to tweak that unit as the team faces various injuries or roster challenges.

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