2013 Scouting Saga - Heading South from The Mothership
A new day brings a new opportunity for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are on a mission to find the best players available in the upcoming NFL Draft. As the team travels to each new spot and scouts pro prospects, we'll update you with more photos and miles logged during the 2013 scouting saga.
Today's trip included three schools, as well as plenty of miles traveled. Be sure to check back for the team's next stops.
2013 NFL Draft Spotlight - Day 2: Tyler Eifert from The Mothership
Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert caught six passes, totaling 61 yards during his team's 42-14 loss to Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship. Shortly after the loss, Eifert declared that he would be entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
Shaking off the loss, Eifert had the Combine as a new focus and made the most of his opportunity.
Former Chiefs DE Ropati Pitoitua Signs With Titans from KC Star
Defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua, who became a starter for the Chiefs last season after they lost Glenn Dorsey to injury, signed today as an unrestricted free agent with the Tennessee Titans.
ProFootballTalk: What's The Plan In Kansas City? from ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio asks new Chiefs coach Andy Reid what to expect out of Kansas City and if offensive line will be an area of focus.
Mock Draft 3.0: How Long Will Geno Smith Last? from USA Today
1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: In a draft dominated by linemen, the Chiefs get their pick ... assuming they keep the No. 1 pick after their free agency makeover. But with RT Eric Winston gone, and LT Branden Albert currently signed only through this season - and possibly on the trade block - Joeckel, regarded as a can't-miss prospect in most circles, makes sense in any scenario.
McCaffery: Time For Charlie To Let Revere Lead Off For Phils from The Pottstown Mercury
Since the Kansas City Chiefs will play in Philadelphia this season, what network would not demand that for Week 1, preferably in prime time?
Andy Reid still will have never coached a football game that did not involve the Eagles, and the opportunity to see Philadelphia fans heckle him for three hours would be the height of reality TV.
Medical Professionals Urge Concussion Vigilance from The Mechanicsville Local
Just five games into his first season, Lanier slammed his head into the knee of a San Diego Chargers fullback. His ears rang. The field was wobbly. But Lanier kept playing.
"I was never down, never out, never missed a play," Lanier told the crowd at the concussion conference.
After another week of practice, the team had a home game against Houston. Lanier collapsed on the sidelines and awoke two hours later staring into a big light in the emergency room, thinking about the severity of what had just happened to him. Years later, he learned that his heart had stopped three times while he was being transported to the hospital.
Miami Dolphins News: Bryant McKinnie, Brent Grimes from Musket Fire
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have not shown interest in Bryant McKinnie since Saturday, but McKinnie is interested in the Dolphins. Per the Herald, the ‘Fins have also explored the possibility of acquiring Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert in a trade. As for Eric Winston, the Herald writes that the situation is "fluid" with mutual interest from both sides (especially from Winston). At this point in time, it sounds like the Dolphins are prioritizing both tackles from Kansas City, as opposed to trying to sign McKinnie.
Jones, who measured 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds at the combine, confirmed he has workouts scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs (who own the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft), the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.
"At the end of the day, I think I'm the No. 1 player."
One other thought about grabbing a defensive lineman: Kansas City spent its first-round pick on defensive tackle Dontari Poe last season, and the team also has newly signed Mike DeVito and Tyson Jackson on the ends (though Jackson has been a disappointment in his career since he was taken in the first round in 2009).
So, another defensive lineman might not be Kansas City's biggest immediate need. But CBSSports.com colleague Will Brinson also is predicting the Chiefs will take a defensive player -- though he believes it'll be Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
It's uncommon for a quarterback with a record like Smith's (19-5-1 over the past two years) to change ZIP codes, but the emergence of Colin Kaepernick made the former No. 1 pick expendable to the San Francisco 49ers. Chiefs coach Andy Reid will reap the rewards of adding a winning signal-caller to a roster in Kansas City that now ranks among the most talented in the NFL. The noted quarterback guru gets an opportunity to accentuate Smith's strengths as an efficient playmaker by crafting clever game plans featuring the Chiefs' primary weapons (receiver Dwayne Bowe and running back Jamaal Charles). Reid has a reputation for developing winning football teams; Smith's arrival could turn the Chiefs into legitimate AFC contenders down the road.