Good morning and welcome to today's Kansas City Chiefs news. The draft speculation is picking up. Enjoy.
If the Chiefs are looking to improve at offensive tackle - and they don't seem thrilled with either of their two current starters - they should have shopped the draft last year. Then, plenty of top prospects were available.
The task would be more difficult this year, if it's what the Chiefs choose to do.
"It's really a class that lacks an elite superstar," Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki said.
Kansas City, Branden Albert, left tackle: There has been talk that the Chiefs could grab a left tackle in the first round and move Albert to right tackle. In March, Kansas City coach Todd Haley said 2011 is a big year for the 2008 first-round pick.
I could see the inconsistent Albert getting another year to prove himself. If a left tackle available at No. 21 that is high on the Chiefs' list, Albert could be on the move.
Where Do They Stand from ESPN
Ryan Taylor was always willing to help North Carolina win football games in any way possible, even when it came to risking his health by playing on special teams for most of his career.
Now, three seasons' experience in that duty could be his entry into the NFL.
The versatility that Taylor offers because of his special-teams experience, in addition to playing possibly H-back or tight end, could lead a team to select him in this week's draft, which starts Thursday...
...He had private workouts in Chapel Hill with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns and a team that asked that he not reveal its identity.
Taylor's Versatility Could Prove Attractive to NFL Teams from The Winston-Salem Journal
"What separates quarterbacks in this league is that ability to close the deal," Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. "Those guys that win Super Bowls aren't on the top of the list statistically, but they make the plays when they have to be made. They have the full trust of their teammates and the coaching staff. That's a hard thing to measure, and I know that's why it's a hard position to evaluate.
"Coach (Bill) Parcells said to me long ago if you find a guy that can evaluate quarterbacks and be right, hire him and pay him whatever you've got to pay him. It's a tough job. You can't measure it."
QBs In This Draft Make Passing Judgement Hard from The Denver Post
Worst first-round pick, defense: Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs (No. 3, 2009). It's been only two seasons, but the fact Jackson started only three games in 2010 and has only one sack in 17 starts are telltale signs Kansas City whiffed on him as an end that was supposedly ideal for their 3-4.