SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Defensive lineman Jerrell Powe #95 practices during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
I woke up this morning looking for Arrowheadlines and totally forgot NJ Chiefs Fan is off this week. So your Kansas City Chiefs news will probably be up later than usual this week.
Kansas City received a sixth-round compensatory draft pick last year after losing offensive lineman Wade Smith to the Texans in 2010. The Chiefs selected nose tackle
Jerrell Powe 199thoverall with the compensatory selection.
The Chiefs have received a total of 13 compensatory draft picks since the formula was installed in 1994. Those 13 picks rank 25thamong the NFL's 32 teams. Baltimore holds the most compensatory draft picks with 33 picks awarded over the last 19 seasons.
The Flint, Michigan native won't come in and push for a starting role, but would add much needed depth and toughness on special teams.
In three years since joining the Bengals as an undrafted free agent, Skuta has played in 40 games, including four starts. Three of those came last season, a stretch in which he averaged four tackles a game.
The big news out of LSU's Pro Day was word that top-ranked CB Morris Claiborne had surgery last week on torn ligaments in his left wrist. Nothing major, but not something any player likes to show the NFL guys before the draft.
All 32 teams were in Baton Rouge to see the wealth of draftable players that Les Miles produces every year. Claiborne did nothing during the day that changed the opinion of the league that he's a top five pick.
At this point, the only official defensive tackles on the Kansas City Chiefs roster include Jerrell Powe and Anthony Toribio. Both players are developmental players who made a negligible impact last year, and it's likely the Chiefs will address the position through free agency and even the draft both. Allen Bailey and Amon Gordon can certainly slide over given the situation, but Drafttek has some help for the Chiefs in their latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft. They have the Chiefs grabbing Washington Huskies nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu in the second round:
Poe's athleticism is notable, especially for a 350-pounder, but there are questions about whether or not that will translate to him being a consistent threat in the NFL. Either way, the Chiefs can hope for the upside, or at least get a very good nose tackle.
Bill Parcells admits to speaking with Sean Payton about the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal but denied reports that he's been asked to step in as an interim replacement, the retired coach told Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Monday afternoon.
"Sean Payton and I know each other well, and he has sought my counsel about his situation with the Saints," Parcells said. "He has told me a little bit about the team, about the situation they're in, and about the players. But that is it.''