Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 4/18

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Eric Berry (R) from the Tennessee Volunteers poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold a Kansas City Chiefs jersey after Chiefs selected Berry #5 overall in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Good morning, Chiefs fans! We are just 10 days from the draft, and the reports and rumors are picking up. Read on for today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

The average age of the Chiefs’ projected offensive starters next season is more than 29, with five players at 30 years or older. The same information for the projected defensive starters: average age under 26, with one player 30 or older.

From that information alone, it’s easy to conclude it’s time for the Chiefs to think offense in the upcoming draft. The first round will be held April 28, with the draft finishing over the next two days.

The decision won’t be that simple, of course.

Chiefs May be Thinking Offense in This Draft from KC Star

In his third year in charge of the Chiefs drafting process, Pioli is still analyzing the analyzers, whether they are scouts or assistant coaches.

"I know when I first got into the league teams would evaluate the jobs that their scouts did based on where a player was drafted," Pioli said. "I personally believe that's flawed, because what we need here and what our specific needs are in terms of a player making it with the Kansas City Chiefs, there will be certain players who can make it here, perform well in our system and not perform well in another system.

"Then there are others players, whether it's a physical capability, or trait, or their makeup, players who can be successful in other programs but not be successful here. When you set up a certain environment and how things are going to be done, we talk about the culture that's here, there are certain demands on people that players can handle, and other players can't.

Scouting Coaches... Monday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Chiefs General Manger Scott Pioli touched on his thought process behind draft day trades during a pre-draft press conference several days ago. Specifically, Pioli focused on trading down for more picks.

"Can you trade back and still get a good player and pick up additional value that will give you organizational currency or organizational value where you still get a good player by moving back?

"It's not like there's a perfect formula."

But there is a formula that most GMs at least take into consideration before pulling the trade trigger - the Draft Pick Value Board.

The Draft Day Value Chart from The Mothership

University of Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber meets with the Jacksonville Jaguars today...

...Among the teams that have displayed interest in Weber, according to a league source: the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers.

Adam Weber Meets With Jaguars Today from National Football Post

Life is bad elsewhere, however. I wouldn't want to be a sports fan in Seattle. "Sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers stink," Seattle fans would say-but at least they have a team! The Supersonics were jettisoned to Oklahoma City a few years ago, and the city's two remaining franchises, the Seahawks and the Mariners, are both substandard. Kansas City fans can't be too happy either. Kansas City has two teams: the Royals, who haven't been to the playoffs since 1985, and the Chiefs, who haven't won a playoff game since January of 1994.

What's the moral of the story? If you ask me, sports fans will always want more, but in most cases things can be a lot worse.

"Spoiled" Sports Fans in San Fran? from The Stanford Daily

Going forward though the Chiefs are in a unique position to add another stellar crop of college talent to their roster. And what fans should be celebrating is the fact Pioli made incredible strides from his 2009 class to the one he directed in 2010.

It tells me that his failures in 2009 had more to do with the carry over staff from the Carl Peterson era rather than Pioli making mistakes with his selections.

In using his guys a year later in both scouting and personnel, Pioli had a clear plan to add athletic players from some very solid college programs.

Pioli's Plan from Warpaint Illustrated

Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor's feet checked out fine at the NFL scouting combine medical recheck, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

The source refuted a CBS Sports report that Taylor has been red-flagged due to having bones growing together in his feet that could cause significant pain for the big defensive lineman.

"No team has an issue with him," the source said.

Source Refutes Report About Phil Taylor's Feet Says He Checked Out Fine from National Football Post

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