Cullowhee, N.C. – Former Western Carolina safety Marvin Tillman learned this week that he had been invited to this weekend’s rookie minicamp with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in an effort to make the squad’s roster.
Tillman has the opportunity to work out for the NFL squad May 4-6 with the Chiefs, giving them the first chance to potentially sign the former WCU defensive back as an undrafted free agent. He will be joined by Kansas City’s six draft picks, as well as numerous other undrafted free agents vying for a roster spot.
Tillman attended a NFL Regional Combine back in early March where he landed on the Chiefs’ radar where he “ran hard, showed aggression and good hands.” He is looking to become just the second Catamount to make the roster with Kansas City, joining former linebacker Louis Cooper (1981-84) who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks but made it to the league in 1985-90 in the Red and Gold.
A product of Durham, N.C., Tillman finished his Western Carolina career with 297 tackles including 169 solo hits over 42 career games with 25 combined starts over the past four seasons. He posted double-digit tackles in nine games during his career. A ball-hawking safety, Tillman finished with eight career interceptions including five as a junior in 2017 while being credited with 18 career pass break-ups. Tillman additionally forced and recovered two fumbles in the Catamount defensive secondary.
A three-time All-Southern Conference honoree including earning All-Freshman honors in 2015, Tillman was dubbed a post-season All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2017.
Western Carolina currently has two players with NFL teams – DB Keion Crossen (2014-17) who won a Super Bowl Championship with the New England Patriots last season after being selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and RB Detrez Newsome (2014-17) who signed as an undrafted free agent (UDFA) with the Los Angeles Chargers and made the active roster last season.
Tillman is a second Catamount from the 2018 roster to receive interest from the NFL, joining P Ian Berryman who signed as a UDFA with the Pittsburgh Steelers after the conclusion of this year’s draft. He is a sixth different Catamount since 2015 to have a shot at the NFL, joining DL Helva Matungulu (2013-15) who signed as a UDFA with the New York Jets and DB Ace Clark (2011-14) who was invited to Seahawks camp.