KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: The Kansas City Chiefs celebrate after the Chiefs defeated the Green Bay Packers 19-14 to win the game on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Good morning! We have a good day of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Today's stories include draft interests, some guy named Tannehill, draft trades (or not), mocks, and a mess of barbecue. Enjoy.
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2012 Chiefs Draft Challenge: Pick And Win! from The Mothership
After giving the Chiefs a fullback in Wisconsin's Bradie Ewing with the last of their eight picks, we're moving on to the first of their two seventh-round picks, the 218th pick in the draft. Here, we've got the Chiefs taking Sean Richardson, a safety from Vanderbilt.
Seventh Round: Vanderbilt S Sean Richardson from The Red Zone
As Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star explained, years of passing on passers is what puts the franchise in a position of need. They've had chances at Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco (two chances, in fact) and Josh Freeman and come away with modest linemen -- DT Glenn Dorsey, OL Branden Albert and DL Tyson Jackson.
Snagging Tannehill at 11 would make sense. Having him on the board at that stage is sounding less and less likely.
Tannehill Making The Rounds: KC, CLE, BUF from CBS Sports
In Todd McShay's latest mock for ESPN leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select a "slam dunk to fill a great need." It's hard to argue with anything that nets that sort of description, but given the void next to Derrick Johnson on the inside of the Chiefs defense and the presence of Luke Kuechly, McShay believes it's a potential marriage made in heaven.
11) Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State -- Personnel guru Scott Pioli has always been a big believer in investing heavily on the offensive and defensive lines, and Cox was one of the most formidable stoppers in the prospect-rich SEC the past two years. He can contribute immediately as an interior rusher on nickel downs as well as give the Chiefs insurance in case impending free agent Glenn Dorsey isn't re-signed at season's end.
Line Of Scrimmage: Mock Draft No. 1 from KC Star
11) Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College. Needs at offensive guard and nose tackle can be filled with later picks.
Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray had a private workout for the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Gray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the NFL scouting combine where he also had a 32 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 9-6 broad jump, a 7.17 three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.
Source: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray Worked Out For Chiefs from Scout.com
He recently took a free agent trip with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason but wasn't offered any serious contract.
This will be Skuta's fourth season in the NFL.
Flint's Dan Skuta Re-Signs With Cincinnati Bengals from MLive.com
The opportunity Drew Nowak dreamed of arrived Thursday.
After years of following the Green Bay Packers off the field, the De Pere High School alumnus got his chance to work out for the hometown team prior to the NFL Draft later this month...
...The Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets also have expressed interest in Nowak, but have yet to schedule a workout.
De Pere's Nowak 'Pretty Comfortable' With Packers Workout from The Green Bay Press-Gazette
We've reached the point where no one even expects Tannehill be available when the Bills select at No. 10. Bills reporters are trying to decide if Buffalo's interest is all a smokescreen. (We doubt it.) The Chiefs would likely have to trade up past Miami at No. 8 just for a chance to get him. Miami may have to trade up just to get Tannehill.
Suddenly, This Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill from NFL.com
Several teams have contacted the Browns with an eye toward moving up in the first round of the draft, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Friday night, citing league sources...
...The Eagles and Chiefs have conducted private workouts with Tannehill, but a league source told The Plain Dealer that Kansas City (No. 11 overall pick) probably wouldn't trade up.
Report: Several Teams Contact Browns About No. 4 Pick from Pro Football Weekly
Deciding which school leads all FBS programs in sending quarterbacks to the NFL left us with a dilemma: Do we reward quantity or quality?
In this case, we went with quantity.
USC's active pro quarterbacks haven't found stardom in the NFL. With one notable exception, they've enjoyed much more success in college than the pro ranks thus far.
Quarterback U: Quantity OR Quality? from Irish Illustrated
I like stats, love Lilja's sincerity, but it doesn't move fans that doubt Cassel. These fans want a Cassel moment. The proof of the pudding hasn't happened, not to them. There will be no stamp of approval until it does.
"(Kyle) Orton removed a lot of the typical excuses for Cassel....Orton had the same offensive line and surrounding cast and was sacked way less and looked better overall as a QB - more decisive in the pocket, more accurate, more poised and in control," says a fan. "So the line and ‘more weapons' are excuses. It all falls on Cassel to be a more competent quarterback and an overall better leader."
Brown: Fans Shouldn't Completely Write Off Cassel from The Examiner
In addition to Woodyard and Oklahoma Joe's, the hourlong episode includes Fiorella's Jackstack, BB's Lawnside, LC's and Rosedale's, with detours to Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor in the Northland, the Savoy Grill, the Cigar Box and Town Topic...
...To wind things up, Zamir and Bourdain head to Arrowhead Stadium for a Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers game, where they attend their - and I'm not making this up - first-ever tailgate.