Happy Easter! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. There's some good stuff this morning. Read on and enjoy.
"Scott’s been on the record saying he likes big, smart, tough, intelligent football players who are going to fit well within the scheme," Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki said. "If you look at what he did with New England, I think it was similar. They highly value character. They’re going to do their work and really dig in to their players. They’ll take some chances, but they’re going to do their homework and make sure they feel comfortable about whoever they’re selecting."
At some point, the Chiefs will draft a player from outside the mold. But this doesn’t appear to be that year. The Chiefs, after winning their first AFC title in seven years, are at a delicate point in their development. Expectations are high, and the schedule gets exponentially more difficult.
Two years ago, after three months of identifying needs, Pioli selected defensive end Tyson Jackson with the third overall pick. It was the Chiefs’ highest draft pick since they took another defender, Neil Smith, at No. 2 overall in 1988. Smith went on to become a six-time Pro Bowler and is a member of the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame. After two seasons, expectations for Jackson are considerably lower, particularly after he started only 17 of the team’s 33 games, tallying one sack and finishing no better than 12th on the team in tackles.
"Everyone in our organization," Pioli said during his pre-draft news conference, "is pretty confident still that Tyson is going to be a good player."
T.J. Yates finds it a little strange that only one Tar Heels quarterback - Scott Stankavage, in the 1980s - has ever thrown a pass in the NFL.
"Hopefully," Yates said, "I can change that."
The first step could come at the end of this week, when the four-year North Carolina starter aims to be one of more than a half-dozen UNC players taken in the NFL draft. He knows he won't hear his name called during Thursday's first round. But after working out for the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles and visiting the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons, Yates said he's hopeful he might be selected late Friday, or during Saturday's final rounds.
Yates Wants to Change Heels' NFL Perception from The Charlotte Observer
About 150 boys and girls got a good workout with Kansas City Chief's wider receiver Dexter McCluster and other volunteer coaches at a football clinic at the Ridgecrest YMCA April 23.
"I love to do it. I love the game, and I love being a role model, and I just want give children the opportunity to come out here and have fun..."
McCluster Provides Inspirationto Area Youth from The Largo Leader
Bobby Bell, the former Gophers and Kansas City Chiefs hall of famer, scored a hole in one in a charity tournament at the Biltmore course in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week.
Defensive End Cameron Jordan Would Be a Solid First Pick For Vikings from The Pioneer Press
NFL teams are looking at the Muncie native as a defensive end in a 4-3 system or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Either way, Kerrigan appears set for a mid-to-late first-round selection.
"You could look at him as a 4-3 pass rusher off the edge and Tampa Bay would be a good fit for him," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., said.
"If you want him to play on his feet, you would look at the Kansas City Chiefs.
Versatility Makes Kerrigan Hot NFL Draft Target from The Lafayette Journal & Courier
For John Clay, Lane Olson and Cody Dummer, their childhood aspirations of someday playing in the National Football League could move a step closer to fruition this week...
...Clay spent several weeks in Chicago working with noted trainer Tim Grover before spending several days in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.
It was then off to Madison for the Badgers' "Pro Day" before Clay took recent visits to meet with officials from the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears organizations.
Waiting Game: Clay, Olson, Drummer Hoping for Big Moment from The Journal Times
The wait is almost over Chris Neild.
All the hard work Neild, a former Stroudsburg standout and three-year starting nose tackle at West Virginia, has put in might just pay off quite handsomely...
...CN: I have not, but at my pro day (in March) there were several teams here and I worked out with the (Kansas City) Chiefs. That was my only private workout. What I've been told by my agent most teams that bring guys in for workouts are potential first-round draft picks, high draft picks, guys who didn't get much exposure as far as not going to the combine or playing in an All-Star game and other guys who have character issues.
Waiting for the Call from The Pocono Record