It's March and the combine is almost over. One step closer to the draft. In the meantime, I'll continue to post what stories I can mine. It's pretty barren out there. Enjoy today's Kansas City Chiefs news.
I know what the Chiefs should do with at least two of their early picks in April’s 2010 NFL Draft.
They need to use their first-round choice on Tennessee safety Eric Berry. He’s the smiling guy above on the right. With one of their selections in the second, third or fourth rounds, they need to draft Florida State safety Myron Rolle. He’s the smiling guy above on the left.
Two safeties? Yeah, sounds kooky I know. But let me tell you this. After meeting and speaking with Berry and Rolle, I’m willing to roll the dice and say these two guys are locks to make it and make it big in the NFL. Over the last four days, more than 100 players have been brought to meet with the media. There have been some impressive young men, like QBs Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy were outstanding.
But nobody left an impression on me more than Berry and Rolle.
Go With The Safeties … Monday Cup O’Combine from Bob Gretz
Eric Berry had a pretty good idea he should skip his senior season at the University of Tennessee and enter the NFL draft when he started getting bored during last year’s games.
"I just felt like teams were looking at me like I had the plague," said Berry, who did declare for the draft and is generally considered the top safety available in this year’s draft. "There wasn’t (anybody) throwing my way. I would always have to run across the field to make the tackle. I definitely got to the ball, and that was the plus side of last year."
Then, there was this advice from his Tennessee defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, a longtime NFL assistant coach.
"Monte told me I’d be a fool to come back," Berry said.
NFL teams at the scouting combine are taking a close look at Missouri’s Sean Weatherspoon, who projects as an inside linebacker if he’s drafted by a team playing the 3-4 defense, like the Chiefs.
Weatherspoon, at 239 pounds, isn’t big enough to be an outside linebacker, but he was a productive player at Missouri, finishing his career with more than 400 tackles. That’s a feat he said he takes much pride in.
"Especially the fact that I didn’t start for (all) four years," Weatherspoon said. "That just gives me a little bit more pride. At Mizzou, we try to get to the football. The linebackers, it’s a big competition who can get the most tackles, who can make the most plays. We had a good time fighting for that right."
The last time we saw Denver head coach Josh McDaniels he was walking off the turf at Invesco Field trying to figure out how his Broncos got slapped so hard by the Chiefs in the regular season finale...
...But it’s the last day of February and every team in the NFL is focused on the 2010 season and the upcoming start of free agency and the annual Draft. It’s the time when hopes and dreams thrive and McDaniels has plenty of those.
Here’s part of his weekend press conference, including plenty about the situation with Marshall.
NFL Combine: Denver Coach Josh McDaniels from Bob Gretz
When it comes to defense and playmaking, every NFL team knows about Tennessee safety Eric Berry.
His name should be called somewhere in the top 10, maybe even top five and one of the attractions is not only his athletic abilities, but his versatility – he can play any of the secondary positions.
On top of that, he’s football smart. That was helped in the ‘09 season when he got a chance to play for Vols defensive coordinator and NFL veteran Monte Kiffin.
Here’s some of what Berry had to say.
NFL Combine: DB Eric Berry from Bob Gretz
Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh is unlikely to get past the third pick come late April. With St. Louis, Detroit and Tampa Bay picking in that order, one of those teams is going to turn in h is name on their card for the first round.
Impressive as Suh is physically when he stands next to you, he also handles himself quite well when dealing with the prying of the media covering this year’s NFL Combine.
Here’s a little bit of what Suh had to say.
NFL Combine: DT Ndamukong Suh from Bob Gretz
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley made it a point to stress the versatility of the team's offensive line, singling out both OLT Branden Albert and OLG Brian Waters as players who can line up at multiple positions. That could mean Kansas City is strongly considering taking a left tackle with its first-round pick in April, which would cause Albert and possibly Waters to shift spots. The decision would make sense, as the draft is strong at tackle, a position of need for the Chiefs.
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The Ravens wanted to land Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop last year, but he wound up being the Chiefs' seventh-round pick and Mr. Irrelevant as the last player selected in the draft. "The Chiefs broke our hearts," Harbaugh said.
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MrKolbySmith Sunday Brunch @ Bristol. Delicious
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Media and Fans
Adam_Schefter Filed to ESPN: Cardinals will release S Antrel Rolle this week. Team still trying to keep him, but first it will release him.
sdutChargers Not a done deal, but I'm hearing Cromartie could be a Lion soon. Regardless, Cro has almost certainly played his last game for Chargers--ka
WhitlockJason This ass-whipping was inevitable. Back to catching up on Big Love. Congrats to Canada.
WhitlockJason USA USA USA!!! I knew we'd do better if I quit watching!!! Haha
WhitlockJason Thought I jinxed it by watching again!.... this is so awesome!
richardroeper Rematch! We'll beat Canada right now in basketball, baseball, darts and nuclear weapons!
RickMaese Watching in airport bar. Place erupted. Even Charlies Weis, seated across from me, was screaming like he was named newly-crowned prom queen
kb_kcstar After watching that hockey game, I'm renewing my crusade to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.