Chiefs sign Lithuanian discus thrower Tautvydas Kieras


The Kansas City Chiefs are taking a flier on a defensive player. 

The team announced it signed Tautvydas Kieras (a.k.a. TK).

The interesting part: Kieras has played zero snaps of football in his life. He threw the discus in college.

Exhibit A:

A Lithuanian track star, Kieras set the Mississippi State University school record in the discus throw in 2015, and was a two-time NJCAA national discus champion at Monroe College. He also competed in shot put.

The Chiefs list Kieras, 24, as a linebacker.

TK stands 6-foot-3, 271 pounds.

He took part in MSU's pro day last week, repping the 225-pound bench press 24 times, running an unofficial 4.69 40-yard dash, earning a vertical leap of 35 inches and a broad jump of 9-foot, 8-inches. His broad and vertical jumps were tied for the highest of any athlete measured at the pro day, per the Mississippi State school website.

Kieras began training to play football in Las Vegas prior to the pro day.

"He wouldn't be a bad invite," one scout remarked after watching Kieras finish the 40-yard dash, per "He's put up good numbers."

Those numbers earned him a tryout with the Chiefs.

The history of players trying to leap into the NFL sans a football background is spotty at best -- the greatest successes being tight ends moving over from basketball -- but TK will get his shot to overcome the odds.