INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman David DeCastro of Stanford participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Good morning! We're one day closer to the 2012 Draft and the player reviews and speculation keep coming. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Stanford guard David DeCastro is currently the leading vote-getter in the KCChiefs.com Mock Draft Challenge.
Thousands of Chiefs fans have already entered the free contest that challenges its competitors to correctly pick the Chiefs' first three draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Entrants receive points for correctly picking the player who the Chiefs will select first, followed by predicting the correct positions of the Chiefs' second and third picks.
David DeCastro Leading The Voting In KCChiefs.com Draft Challenge from The Mothership
Stephenson likely will be selected somewhere in the middle of the seven-round draft that begins Thursday. A two-year starter at left tackle for the Sooners, Stephenson attended the NFL's scouting combine, has made visits to a handful of NFL teams and worked out last week for the Chiefs along with several other area prospects, including Dunsmore.
The Chiefs afterward spent time interviewing both Stephenson and Dunsmore.
"That was a great experience. I came up a huge Chiefs fan," Stephenson said. "Just being around the facility and getting with the coaching staff was great. I was like a kid in a candy store while I was there. Just to be looked at by the Chiefs is a blessing."
There is no longer an off-season in professional football with mini-camps, authorized team workouts and mandatory strength and conditioning constituting the year round profession that the NFL is today. But once upon a time players held jobs when the season ended and kept them until the start of training camps.
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Prior to Pioli's tenure, the Chiefs often drafted according to the coach's wants under former general manager Carl Peterson. Because Gunther Cunningham liked big receivers and cornerbacks, the team drafted wideouts such as Larry Parker and corners such as William Bartee. Herm Edwards liked the energy of youthful players, the newspaper reported, so the Chiefs traded away defensive end Jared Allen in 2008 for extra draft picks. That year, the Chiefs made six selections in the first three rounds and 12 total.
With the way the fan mock draft has unfolded thus far, don't be surprised to see if defense is the way the Chiefs go. The Chiefs have spent premium first-round picks in recent years on defensive ends Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey. Neither has been outstanding. Jackson just restructured his contract and reportedly took a pay cut. The Chiefs could envision Dontari Poe or Michael Brockers as an upgrade along the defensive line...
...There are a number of good players available with the 11th overall pick. Which player will be selected? That choice is up to you.
The Chiefs Are On The Clock from PhiladelphiaEagles.com
The 2012 NFL Draft begins with the first round this upcoming Thursday, April 26 and the Kansas City Chiefs currently have the 11th pick. Over the next few days, I will highlight four players that could become the latest #1 draft choice of the Chiefs and follow in the illustrious footsteps of players like Eric Berry, Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez.
Chiefs fans across the world hope that whomever the team takes, he doesn't follow in the less-than-illustrious footsteps of Ryan Sims, Sylvester Morris, Trezelle Jenkins, Brian Jozwiak or the legendary Sid Smith (1970, offensive tackle out of USC).
Meet The KC Chiefs Potential #1 Pick: Luke Kuechly from Examiner.com
If Jackson continues to develop and produce, the Chiefs would be well positioned to do a long-term deal with him, and sources said the team is impressed with his character and maturity -- as evident by his handling of this new contract -- as well as his on-field growth. On Jackson's end, he loves the scheme in Kansas City and wanted to stay.
J. from Colorado wants to know if the Broncos could draft Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Bill Williamson: The Broncos have studied Cousins and they like him. He will likely be taken in the second round. I would not be shocked if Cousins ends up in Denver. However, I think the Chiefs could also take him. Kansas City has the No. 44 overall pick in the second round, and the Broncos pick at No. 57.
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"Mr. Consistent" is a better name for Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop, the 256th and final pick of the 2009 draft...
...Succup has hit all 91 career extra points and converted 81.2% (69 of 85) of his field goal attempts since being selected out of the University of South Carolina. He surpassed Chiefs Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud for most field goals by a rookie and scored more points (104) than any other rookie in his debut season.
NFL Draft's Last Pick Can Go From Zero To Hero from The Tucson Citizen
Taylor visited with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft after working out in Boca Raton, Fla. He said he wasn't sure where he would be selected, but that he would likely be a Day 2 pick.
He said he needs to work on his footwork, high pointing the ball and taking better angles, but teams liked his speed and hitting ability.
Nichol, who has worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, said he's willing to do whatever it takes and is open to play where he is needed in order to earn a shot in the pros.
"There are guys who make tons and tons of money and all they do is special teams," Nichol said. "I don't feel I'm just a receiver or quarterback or anything. I feel I can contribute in a lot of areas."
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Ryan Tannehill is the quarterback reach in the draft, filled with potential yet the same amount of question marks. Dontari Poe wowed everyone at the NFL Combine yet failed to play up to such potential in games against subpar competition while at Memphis. While both players could go early in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, they are also included again and again among those players most "overrated" heading into the draft. The Chiefs are, rather interestingly, linked to both.
Kansas City Chiefs - G.M. Scott Pioli is still looking to replicate his success in New England, but he found Todd Haley a lot more of a headache than help. Romeo Crennel will have a voice in who gets drafted, but the final decision will come down to Pioli and assistant G.M. Joel Collier.
Draft Week: Who Makes The Calls from Scout.com
This guy was one of my favorite players to watch on the defensive side of the ball. He wasn't particularly flashy, but Collins was a good cover corner that typically shut down opposing receivers well, and feared no one--not even Jerry Rice. Collins played for the Giants from 1986 to 1993, and as a result he collected two Super Bowl rings. During his eight seasons with the Giants, Collins played in 112 games, with 104 starts. He had 725 tackles; 17 interceptions including one for a touchdown; 3.5 sacks; four forced fumbles; seven fumble recoveries; and a safety. He went on to play for the Chiefs, Packers and Seahawks before retiring after the 1998 season. Let's see what Collins is up to now...
Where Are They Now? Five Questions With Mark Collins from Big Blue View