KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 24: Safety Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball upfield after making an interception during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately, most of the focus surrounding Berry's injury has centered on the negatives: The controversy of the play, Berry's tweet and a promising career put on hold just four plays following a Pro Bowl rookie season.
For a player who never missed a college practice, missing an entire season is foreign ground. Looking back, however, Berry was able to uncover a few positives from the experience.
Eric Berry Able To Find A Few Positives From Season-Ending Knee Injury from The Mothership
Bentley, from Louisiana-Lafayette, initially would be the Chiefs' fourth cornerback behind Brandon Flowers, Stanford Routt and Javier Arenas, but he could eventually develop into more. At 5-feet-9 and 176 pounds, Bentley isn't as big as the ideal cornerback, which is why he's probably going to last until the 74th pick.
3rd Round: CB Dwight Bentley from The Red Zone
While quarterback may be a concern, improving against the run has to be. The Chiefs finished 26th in the NFL last season against the run and that was with linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson earning Pro Bowl nods. Help up front is needed.
Five picks Scott Pioli should contemplate:
Projecting The Draft: Kansas City Chiefs from CBS Sports
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli loves productive and instinctive players like Kuechly, and it seems those two will have a little Boston connection going as well. This one makes so much sense it absolutely has to happen, which is usually the kiss of death.
2012 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 from Sports Illustrated
There isn't anyone save his wife Lauren that knows what Cassel really thinks about what's gone down over the last few months. His emotions and thoughts are under lock and key; it's part of the package of intangibles that he brings to the job.
Knowing what kind of competitor he's shown himself to be, there's no way Cassel can be happy about all this. Like any competitor, he does not mind competition and even had Manning shown up, he would have gone into the situation with the belief he could beat him out.
Cassel Stays Focused After Manning Rumors from WSBT.com
The Chiefs' biggest need is a nose tackle, and Poe is considered a better fit as a 3-4 tackle than Cox. Although he is versatile, Cox is considered a better defensive end prospect for a 3-4 team. The Chiefs used the No. 5 pick on Glenn Dorsey in 2008, and the No. 3 pick onTyson Jackson in 2009. Both are serviceable, but neither has lived up to their draft status.
Perhaps Pioli will target Cox, and see where he best fits on the Chiefs' defensive front.
Could Fletcher Cox Fit The Chiefs? from ESPN
In each of the past few years, the William Jewell College football program has sent athletes to the Kansas City Chiefs local pro day.
The Cardinals kept that streak going this year with the 2012 NFL Draft set for next week. Receiver Phil Freeman and fullback Chris Stewart were among 17 athletes who participated in the combine-style event earlier this month at the Chiefs practice facility.
Cardinal Corner: Jewell Football Players Get In On Chiefs Pro Day from KCCommunityNews.com
Riggle, a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks, is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
He explained to ESPN what makes him suited to host a live show:
Rob Riggle Will Be Host Of ESPYS from USA Today
"What an honor this is for me," said Dawson, wearing his gold Pro Football Hall of Fame blazer. "I feel probably more nervous now than I was in the senior play. I'm pretty nervous right now."
Quite a statement from someone who was Super Bowl IV's MVP, and the host of HBO's "Inside the NFL" for 24 years.
Dawson Back In Alliance As Hometown Hall Of Famer from The Canton Repository
Poe's effort was inconsistent during the 2011 season and his production was not impressive. Many teams are comparing Poe to former NFL defensive tackle Ryan Sims, who was chosen sixth overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002. Sims fell short of expectations and was considered an underachiever. He played six games in 2010 and was out of the league last season.
NFL Draft Dish: Dontari Poe No Longer Draft Darling from SportingNews
Jamaal Charles, Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs - Charles has to be licking his lips at the Chiefs' tasty new schedule. Sure the 2010 Pro Bowler has to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5 and the Steelers in Pittsburgh during Week 10. But the Chiefs also will face four of the league's five worst rushing defenses from a year ago (the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Colts). Assuming he fully recovers from the ACL injury that ended his 2011 season and that Peyton Hillis doesn't steal too many of his carries, Charles should have a mammoth fantasy year in 2012.
Who The NFL Schedule Helps And Hurts In Fantasy from The Sports Network
The Browns are considering Tannehill with the fourth pick. He is going in the top 11, this much I am convinced of (and so is everyone else I've talked to). So No. 4 isn't a big stretch. It's highly unlikely he'd get past the Miami Dolphins at 8, but if somehow he did, the Kansas City Chiefs would snag him at 11.
Kansas City has positioned itself, both at the end of the season and in free agency, to be an impact team in 2012. Finishing the season by beating the Packers and Broncos allowed general manager Scott Pioli to retain Romeo Crennel as coach. The Chiefs have addressed several needs in free agency, allowing them to draft whoever their big board says is the best value.
NFL Draft Needs: AFC West from FOX Sports
Why do your baggage tags say MCI instead of KCI? MCI = Mid-Continent International, the airport's name in the planning stages. When it opened in 1972, it was Kansas City International Airport. But "KCI" doesn't fly as a three-letter airport code because K's (along with W's) are reserved as prefixes for broadcast station call letters.
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