As the Chiefs prepare to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft for the first time in franchise history, we've made our own draft board. Adam Teicher, The Star's Chiefs reporter, has ranked the top 10 available players who fit the Chiefs' most pressing needs. Not all are worthy of the No. 1 pick - the Chiefs may decide to trade down - but all are worth keeping an eye on before the draft starts April 25.
Sports at all levels are rife with clichés come to life. Stories of redemption. Relying on the powerful chip on the shoulder. Overcoming odds when it looked like a career was over before it ever got started.
Pro football players are no exception, even when it comes to performing on the game's biggest stage. Case in point is former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson.
FOXSports.com Pre-Senior Bowl Mock Draft from FS Arizona
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Andy Reid's going to bring some fresh air and new life to Kansas City. And though the Chiefs are due for a change at the quarterback position, I'm just not sure that quarterback is in this draft. Make no mistake about it: There's no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this 2013 draft class. Joeckel - not even ranked in the top 10 of some of the other mock drafts - is one of the most promising offensive tackles to enter the league in the past five years. Very athletic. Nimble. He was fantastic in Mike Sherman's scheme and even better in Kliff Kingsbury's. This may not inspire the fan base, but it's a franchise cornerstone. There's talent in Kansas City. Now, there's an offensive guru as the head coach, too. They're a veteran QB away from being relevant.
Family Celebrates Gift Of Life from The Louisburg Herald
Because of Lane's journey and his mother's commitment to the cause, he's gotten the chance to throw baseballs with Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, wrestle with Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and much more.
Cunningham would have preferred her son not had to endure cancer and treatment at all.
"You always hear people say that everything happens for a reason, and I don't agree with that. There's no reason for a little innocent baby who has to go through this," she said.
Super Bowl XLVIII Odds from Pro Football Weekly via The Dodge Globe
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Monday night might have served as the biggest opportunity yet for Tinker, who played in 39 games during his Crimson Tide career, won the 2011 Disney Spirit Award and was perfect on every one of his snaps this past season.
Tinker met with a slew of NFL teams in speed-dating fashion. The group included the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans.
Poll Results: Reid Over McCoy from ESPN
The Chiefs landed the prize of the available coaches with NFL experience in Reid. The Chargers scored Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who had serious interest from virtually every team with an opening.
Thus, it is not a surprise our AFC West poll this week was a close call.
Why Do We Make Athletes Role Models? from The Huffington Post
At the professional level, we asked that athletes find a cause near to them to have a foundation that could help. They enlisted leading business, political and community leaders to assist. Years ago, San Diego placekicker started "Kicks For Critters" to raise funds and awareness for endangered species research at the San Diego Zoo. It had a poster/pledge card component, which was the genesis for many later donations for individual achievement programs. Derrick Thomas, Chiefs linebacker, remedied childhood reading problems with his "Third and Long" program in Kansas City, Steve Young has a "Forever Young Foundation" to aid children's charities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Warren Moon's Crescent Moon Foundation operated in Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle and Southern California to fund college scholarships for needy high school students.
What all these athletes were modeling was their heart, initiative and the ability for all of us to improve our communities and tackle problems. They are not modeling the chance for millions of young people to be professional athletes -- that is only a gateway for the few.
As The NFL Draft Gets Closer, Excitement Builds At WVU from College Spun
For what is expected to be one of the best West Virginia draft classes of all-time, the hype and excitement for three particular players is building each day.
Quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are all expected to be drafted within the first three rounds. Smith and Austin are expected to be first-round picks by most around the country.
Some have Smith going as high as No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, while others such as expert Mel Kiper Jr. believe the beloved WVU quarterback is the third best quarterback of the class behind NC State's Mike Glennon and USC's Matt Barkley.
A Punter's Chance: Josh Hubner's NFL Journey, Part I from House Of Sparky
Thus far into the process, Hubner has had informal meetings with most NFL teams, in addition to a few more substantial encounters.
"At East-West and Casino Del Sol, I had meetings with 25-30 different NFL teams. They give you the run-around in the interview. They want to know about your family, your past, your football in high school and college, what you've been doing, any off-the-field problems. Stuff like that. They're just getting the feel for the kind of person you are.
"Once you get sit-down interviews. I had sit-down interviews with a couple of teams-the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders. It was just a little more in-depth. It's a very delicate and in-depth process for them. They're making an investment."
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