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Getting to know Kansas City Chiefs’ UDFA rookie OL Mike Caliendo

Getting to know Kansas City Chiefs’ UDFA rookie OL Mike Caliendo

A three-star recruit out of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Caliendo took visits with two Big 10 schools at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Iowa. He ended up committing to and signing on with Western Michigan and playing in the MAC for six seasons including his redshirt year.

In 2017, Caliendo made an immediate impact with the Broncos, starting the majority of the games and never giving up his starting role. He has a ton of experience and versatility to his game, with 56 games started at Western Michigan across the three interior offensive line positions. In each of the five seasons that he played, Caliendo earned Academic All-MAC and MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors. He finished the 2020 and 2021 seasons with First-Team All-Mac honors. In 2021, Caliendo was up for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is basically the Heisman Trophy of Sports Academia.

Games played & started

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2016: Redshirt.

2017: 12 games played, 11 games started.

2018: 13 games played, 13 games started.

2019: 13 games played, 13 games started

2020: 6 games played, 6 games started.

2021: 13 games played, 13 games started.

Combine & pro day results

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Height: 6-4

Weight: 300

40-yard dash: 5.36s

Vertical: 28.5 inches

Broad: 105 inches

Bench: N/a

3-Cone: 7.68s

Short Shuttle: 4.72s

Highlights & film

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625-pound squat via WMU Strength & Conditioning

Left guard highlight via Chad Reuter

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Fit with the Chiefs

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The Chiefs’ interior offensive line depth was lacking heading into the 2022 offseason. Outside of Nick Allegretti and Austin Reiter, there aren’t many proven backups on the offensive interior. That opens up an opportunity for someone like Caliendo to…

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