Good morning, Kansas City Chiefs fans! A light day in Chiefs news, but there are some updates on the labor mediation. Happy Friday.
Sworn to secrecy about specifics of the court-ordered mediation, neither the league nor the players provided much insight about where they're at in their dispute over the division of this $9 billion business. They were set to meet again Friday morning.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were among those on hand for the closed-door session Thursday with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.
Mediation Resumes in NFL, Players Dispute from KC Star
As we did on Thursday with our best first-round picks, the selections are based on the player's position in the round. In other words, who was the worst 12th pick taken in the first round of the NFL Draft from 1970 to 2010? Who was the least productive player taken with the 25th pick?...
...So here we go, the best first-round picks, spot by spot:
First Round Worst... Friday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
For the second straight year, former Nebraska and Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Warfield is putting on a benefit basketball game for Lighthouse, an afterschool safe haven for Lincoln youth.
Lighthouse Benefit Basketball Game is Friday from JournalStar.com
TEAMS IN NEED AT LINEBACKER
Kansas City Chiefs: Tamba Hali was the team leader with 14½ sacks last season. But the Chiefs need reinforcement on the outside in their 3-4 defense. Mike Vrabel is 36 and unsigned. Andy Studebaker could be Vrabel's successor. But strength in numbers is needed here.
Sam Acho Out to Show His Smarts Will Translate in the NFL from USA Today
The NFL lockout could very well be a boom to the United Football League's ability to attract new players.
According to Jerry Glanville, one of two former NFL coaches to recently take over a UFL team, the younger league's focus is on players who aren't drafted by the NFL, but who NFL teams seek to sign after the draft.
Should the lockout continue through the April 28-30 draft, the UFL might not be competing with the NFL in its efforts to sign undrafted players -- 11 percent of whom, Glanville said, were starters in the NFL last season. That's because the NFL wouldn't allow its teams to sign those or any other players who didn't have contracts before the lockout.
"I can guarantee you, I'll be sitting on somebody's doorstep," said Glanville, the new coach and general manager of the Hartford Colonials.
One of the reasons Scott Pioli is effective as a general manager is that he is a careful drafter. He was part of a strong drafting team in New England, and his second effort in Kansas City was one of the league's best. Pioli believes in taking low-risk players. He usually doesn't pursue players with character issues. He'd rather get a solid player who is a good citizen than a terrific player who is an off-field risk.
Draft Watch: AFC West from ESPN