Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 4/30

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 04: A general view of the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility outside Arrowhead Stadium as the NFL lockout looms while negotiations are extended on March 4, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

A majority of Chiefs veterans reported to voluntary offseason workouts beginning on April 14th, but the NFL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement limited players to working exclusively with the team's strength and conditioning staff for the first two weeks.

Rookies will get their first opportunity to work with Chiefs coaches May 11th-13th during rookie mini-camp.

"We're getting ready for the rookie mini-camp, but probably the biggest thing for me is on Monday I get to go down and watch the guys in the offseason program," head coach Romeo Crennel said. "I haven't been able to do that for two weeks, even though they've been here.

Phase Two Of Chiefs Offseason Program Underway from The Mothership

The process now shifts for the Chiefs from player acquisition to football. The NFL's collective-bargaining agreement allows the Chiefs to begin some work, mainly individual drills, on the field today.

Offseason practice won't begin until May, when the Chiefs will hold a minicamp for rookies and later some full-squad workouts. The full-squad minicamp is in June.

For now, Crennel and the Chiefs will have to settle for individual drills.

Chiefs' Crennel Ready To Do Some Coaching from KC Star

So here are my top 12 value picks in the 2012 NFL Draft:

1. Jeff Allen, OT/OG, Kansas City (44th pick overall). The ex-Illinois grinder can play multiple positions along the offensive line. He is tough, smart and will be a starter soon.

Saints, Raiders, Others Find Good Value With Late Draft Picks from

Kinnie says the Chiefs contacted him during the fifth round of the draft saying they were interested in bringing him in - regardless if they drafted him or not. Kinnie also stated that he was contacted by two other teams with similar offers, but the proximity to his home was too much to pass up.

Fort Wayne Native Kinnie Gets NFL Call from WANE

He was born with the physical disability of a club foot - basically a right leg without a foot - yet became an All-American punter for Auburn University while kicking with that leg during the 1980s. He even made the NFL All-Rookie team with the Kansas City Chiefs...

...By writing about his experiences in the book Lewis Colbert: The Unlikeliest Auburn Tiger - he now hopes to not only encourage others with physical disabilities, but also aid those hurting from troublesome pasts.

Jon Johnson Column: Book By Former AU Punter Lewis Colbert Intriguing from The Dothan Eagle

Six Big Ten players were selected in the first 50 picks of the 2012 NFL draft. Four of them were Illini. Defensive end Whitney Mercilus, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, offensive lineman Jeff Allen and defensive back Tavon Wilson joined Iowa offensive tackle Riely Reiff, the highest conference selection at No. 23, and Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler at the next level.

"I wasn't surprised," Allen said. "We have great players and if you look on film, the film doesn't lie. Obviously the teams that picked us saw that in us."

Four Illini Drafted In The First Two Rounds from The Daily Illini

Poe wasn't the best player at his position in this year's draft. Both Fletcher Cox and Michael Brockers are better, and both were available when Poe was taken. In fact, St. Louis (see above winners) was ready to take Brockers at No. 6 had they not traded down. Poe is a huge risk to make based on scouting combine performance alone. Kansas City only had one sack from its defensive tackle position last season. Drafting Poe makes sense in that area, because he only had one for Memphis (that's against Conference USA competition, by the way).

6 Teams That Made The Best - And Worst - NFL Draft Picks from WMCTV

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs actually did some great work late, nabbing RB Cyrus Gray (182) and sure-handed WR Junior Hemingway (238). If only their early work had been as sturdy. DT Dontari Poe (11) might be a great one, but anyone who watched him on tape saw a lethargic competitor. If at least one of two O-line picks, Jeff Allen (44) and Donald Stephenson (74), doesn't make it, this draft might turn out to be a disaster. Grade: C

2012 NFL Draft Grades from Sports Illustrated

First impression: Liked it

Kansas City Chiefs: They've lacked a roadblock on their defensive line for some time, so we loved the choice of athletic 346-pound NT Dontari Poe 11th overall, especially given the ability to groom him under the watch of coach Romeo Crennel. GM Scott Pioli also upgraded his offensive line and made a nice grab by getting Alabama DB DeQuan Menzie in the fifth. Sexy? No. QB prospect? No. But this is a sneaky good roster.

Ranking NFL Teams' 2012 Drafts 1-32 from USA Today

Three former Ohio football players signed professional contracts this past weekend with NFL teams. Wide receiver Phil Bates, punter Paul Hersheyand linebacker Noah Keller inked NFL deals with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams, respectively.

Three Bobcats Ink NFL Free Agent Contracts from

Following the draft, Ellis and Richard accepted free agent contract offers from two other AFC teams. Ellis revealed on his Facebook page his intentions to report to the Kansas City Chiefs, while Richard and his agent Adam Sattler reached agreement on a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

SCSU's Ellis And Richard Offered, Accepted Free Agent Contracts With Chiefs, Jaguars from The Times and Democrat

"I'll be able to drive to work, which is nice," said Burris, SDSU's leading tackler the past two seasons.

He knows the team well, too. He grew up watching the Raiders and attended several games. Now he'll get a chance to play for them and maybe even beat up on his best friend, Devon Wylie, a receiver from Fresno State. After growing up together and playing together at Granite Bay High, both were picked in the fourth round Saturday. Wylie was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs, a division rival of the Raiders.

Lindley Taken In The 6th Round By Cardinals from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Unconfirmed sources named four players as undrafted free agents heading to the NFL, at least for the time being: wide receiver Dwight Jones to the Houston Texans, safety Matt Merletti to the Indianapolis Colts, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell to the Minnesota Vikings, and outside linebacker Cam Holland to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Four More Heels Rumored To Be Heading To NFL from

But having a gambling father in the spotlight had advantages for his sons and daughter. Son Tod Preston describes himself as a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan as a child. When Slim took him to a Dallas-Kansas City game they ran into sports announcer Howard Cosell, who knew Slim, in a hotel lobby.

"Dad asked if he could ask (Hall of Fame Chiefs quarterback) Len Dawson to come down to meet me," Tod Preston said. "In 10 minutes I was shaking his hand."

Iconic Poker Chap 'Amarillo Slim' Dies from The Amarillo Globe-News

Fanor said he got a call from the Chiefs minutes after the draft ended Saturday evening.

"I'm very excited," the safety said. "I'm grateful I'll be able to showcase my talent on the next level. I know a lot of people don't get that opportunity."

Bethune-Cookman's Davis, Fanor Get Free-Agent Deals from The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Devon Wylie, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: It's the attack of the tiny receivers! Between Benjamin, Adams and Wylie, maybe there's one guy who can overcome his lack of physical stature and become a DeSean Jackson type. Maybe. But more likely than not, especially to begin their careers, they're all slot receivers at best, and special teams contributors at worst. Wylie will get some Wes Welker comparisons because Scott Pioli just drafted him, and longer term that might be fair. But it takes an elite QB, a la Tom Brady or Drew Brees, to make an interior receiver into a fabulous fantasy weapon, and suffice it to say Matt Cassel isn't quite on that level.

Top 10 Rookies For 2012, Day 3 Recap from ESPN

"I wanted to remind you of John and Melvin Tarver, who played for the Patriots and Broncos, respectively. I went to Arvin High School with both of them and wanted to remind you of their achievements in the NFL! Carrying on their tradition, I have heard via Facebook that one of their nephews, Justin Cheadle, just signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. (Cheadle when to Bakersfield High School). What fabulous family contributions Arvin has made to the NFL!"

Bakersfield Observed: A Blog About Life, Media, Politics And People from The Bakersfield Californian

Critics have knocked Poe as a combine workout wonder, but a player who didn't dominate in college and routinely took plays off. Here's what they need to recognize: Poe stands 6-foot-3, weighs 346 pounds and has freakish athletic ability. That's exactly the kind of presence the Chiefs need in the middle of their defensive line, especially because they've been looking for such a player ever since installing the 3-4 scheme three seasons ago.

Best And Worst Draft Marriages from ESPN

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