Good morning, boys and girls, and welcome to April. We're just a few weeks away from the NFL draft and the mock drafts are starting to really ramp up. We have some of those and updates on a couple of players in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
In their search for potent pass rushers to help Tamba Hali, the Chiefs seem to have found a keeper last year in rookie outside linebacker Justin Houston. He finished the season with 5½ sacks in the final five games, a pace that would have made him the AFC's leader had he been at it the whole season.
Houston promised that's only the beginning for him.
Chiefs' Pass Rush Should Get Boost From Houston from KC Star
Today's Kansas City is divided. That's what losing will do. There are Chiefs fans and Royals fans - sure, there's plenty of shared attention - but until both franchise's youth movements begin to show meaningful progress, a city starved for a winner will remain up for grabs.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was a Chiefs town. Throughout the '80s, when the Royals were consistent winners and claimed their only World Series title, they were identified as the city's favorite. The Chiefs retook bragging rights through the '90s, but then losing on both sides of the Truman Sports Complex left hearts broken and loyalty fading.
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said he was pleased with the way his team addressed needs in free agency, giving Kansas City the ability to go in several directions come draft time. When asked at the annual NFL meeting what the Chiefs might focus on in the draft, Crennel said, "You can never have enough speed on your team, enough pass rushers on your team. We're always looking for corners, we're always looking for pass rushers, we're always looking for speed receivers."
Tannehill's Rising Draft Stock Music To Vikings' Ears from Pro Football Weekly
LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Would be immediate defensive boost. Very athletic.
The Star's NFL Mock Draft from KC Star
When it comes to mock drafts, fans have a love/hate relationship with them. Some find them horribly boring and useless, while others enjoy seeing whom the experts think their team should draft. If the expert picks the same player the fan wants, he or she is obviously a genius. If the expert chooses another, well ... he or she is obviously on crack and does not know football.
In today's article, we look at some of the most popular mock drafts on the Internet...
Mock Drafts Show Variety Of Options For KC Chiefs First Pick from Examiner.com
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver and former Largo Packer, Dexter McCluster will be hosting the 2nd Annual Dexter McCluster Youth Football Clinic on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. until 1p.m. Youth ages 8-17 will learn on-field skills and drills from McCluster along with Largo's Recreation Staff and local high school football coaches.
NFL Star Hosts 2nd Annual Free Football Clinic In Largo from Largo Patch
Since the lawsuits have come under the public's eye, stories have poured out from former players. Depression and loss of memory are common complaints.
Duerson's lawsuit cites examples of six other former NFL players who died from CTE problems, four via suicide.
Suicides of former players such as former Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs center Mike Webster, who struggled with dementia and homelessness, and another former Steelers lineman Terry Long, who died after drinking battery acid, illustrate just how far the head injuries can force a professional athlete to sink.
Poulsbo's Kaminski Among Those Suing NFL Over Head Injuries from The Kitsap Sun
11. Kansas City: DT Michael Brockers, LSU - Lots of mock drafts have Poe going to the Chiefs, and that makes sense. Brockers can play inside or outside, and he upgrades the run defense.
The NFL: Sam Farmer's Mock Draft from The Los Angeles Times