Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/18

Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning! Lots of interesting articles in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Get the latest on a possible trade with Miami, see who thinks the Lions should trade up to No. 1, and read up on the Chiefs minicamp. Enjoy!

Report: Chiefs Discussing Trade Of Branden Albert To Dolphins from KC Star

No deal appeared imminent Wednesday night, but a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel cited multiple league sources in characterizing the talks between the Chiefs and Dolphins as being "extensive" on the matter.

The Chiefs are thought to be seeking at least a second-round pick in the NFL draft next week. The Dolphins have two second-round picks this year, numbers 42 and 54 overall. The 54th pick went to Miami in a previous trade with the Indianapolis Colts.

Chiefs Energized In Minicamp Practice from The Mothership

From the moment of the opening horn, practice felt energized and was loud. The intensity seemed a bit higher than what you might typically expect from a voluntary minicamp.

"You can just tell, the guys in here, we want to win now," new Chiefs DE Mike DeVito said. "There's no feeling sorry for ourselves, there's no hanging our heads; these guys are ready to go and you can tell at the excitement at practice, it didn't feel like a day-one practice; if felt like (a) half-way through the season practice. Guys were running around having fun, so it's exciting. I feel like guys are ready to get to work and win these games, coming up in the fall."

Chiefs' Baldwin Looking Good In Minicamp from KC Star

After being second string behind Donnie Avery for the opening of minicamp on Tuesday, Baldwin returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday. But the general manager who drafted him in the first round two years ago, Scott Pioli, is gone.

The new administration of general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid doesn't appear interested in propping up the draft pick of former management, so Baldwin will have to earn every bit of playing time he gets.

While Baldwin's first couple of practices are encouraging in that regard, Reid needs to be mindful of what happened to Baldwin last year.

Chiefs Have Quite A Crowd At Cornerback from KC Star

Two days on the practice field revealed a few truths to Dunta Robinson, one of the veteran cornerbacks signed by the Chiefs as a free agent to help them fortify their pass defense.

"We're definitely going after the quarterback,'' Robinson said. "That means us guys on the outside, us corners, we've got to hold up. We're going to play a lot of man coverage. We've got to make sure we're fundamentally sound and make sure we're confident in what we're doing, and we've got to go out there and make plays. They're trusting us a lot in this defense.''

Chiefs Go The "Extra Yard For The Environment" from The Mothership

Throughout the season the Chiefs encourage fans to participate in the recycling programs during tailgates, in the stadium and post-game. This year, the Chiefs are taking another step towards promoting environmental responsibility through the Extra Yard for the Environment program.

The initiative is designed to devise and implement new green policies for the Chiefs while raising awareness for green efforts at Arrowhead Stadium, The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex, and for fans at home.

Draft Spotlight - Day 25: Datone Jones from The Mothership

Datone Jones (pronounced DAY-tone) overcomes obstacles. After playing in 10 games, including two starts during his freshman season in 2008, he started every game in 2009, totaling 11.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Datone's momentum was altered in 2010 after suffering a fractured right foot in preseason camp, followed by a 2011 season that didn't include numbers to match his personal standards (41 tackles, 6.5 for loss and three sacks).

Putting the past two seasons behind him, Jones once again thrived, totaling 62 tackles (19 of them totaling a loss) and 6.5 sacks in 2012.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: OTA's Day 2

Sports Illustrated Projects Eric Fisher To Go No. 1 Overall To Kansas City Chiefs from MLive

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated is among the believers in Fisher's NFL future. He came out with his most recent mock draft and has Fisher being selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.

At 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, Fisher has the size and elite athleticism to be a left tackle at the next level.

Eagles Draft Preview: Luke Joeckel Could Be O-Line Stalwart from Philly.com

In a year in which there is as much uncertainty as ever about who will go where, and when even Chip Kelly is saying there isn't a "can't-miss" prospect, many analysts have begrudgingly slotted the Texas A&M tackle to the Kansas City Chiefs with the top overall selection.

Does that mean Joeckel won't develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber talent like many of the recent tackles taken among the first five picks? Hardly. But it could indicate that the Eagles have almost as good a shot at getting Joeckel as they would No. 1a tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, or any other top-rated prospect.

There have been signs that Andy Reid will make Joeckel his first selection as Chiefs coach. But if he prefers Fisher or decides to pick a defensive player such as Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan or Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, Joeckel could fall into Kelly's lap.

Eric Fisher Hopes Chiefs Will Surprise At NFL Draft from USA Today

Fisher has fellow Central Michigan alumnus Joe Staley in his corner. And Staley has former San Francisco 49ers teammate Alex Smith's ear.

The highest-drafted player out of Central Michigan advised his close friend Smith, the new Kansas City quarterback, to sell Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid on picking Fisher at No. 1.

Because Staley, the 49ers' first-round pick in 2007, sees a more athletic version of himself in Fisher.

Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs from AllMediaNY

Positions of Need:

Safety: It's hard to say a team with Eric Berry at safety needs help there but I'm not as sold as others are onKendrick Lewis. Regardless of your feelings on either player, you cannot argue that the depth behind them is lacking. Jose Gumbs, Tysyn Hartman and the recently-signed Husain Abdullah can't excite many observers in Kansas City.

2013 Buffalo Bills Opponents : NFC South, AFC North Coming from Buffalo Rumblings

Home opponent: Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills and Chiefs have met once in each of the last five seasons. Buffalo is 4-1 in those contests, outscoring the Chiefs 156-78 in the process. Kansas City is the one team that the Bills have routinely handled of late, but the Chiefs have done an awful lot to get better this off-season.

Branden Albert Drawing Interest From Miami Dolphins from NFL.com

According to Rapoport, people around the league are wondering if the Chiefs would accept the 54th pick in exchange for Albert. It might not be exactly what the Chiefs had hoped, but it could be the best offer they get.

Three-Day Minicamp For Chiefs Revelas What's Hot, What's Not from Fox4KC

The mini camp is also beneficial to coaches, allowing them to see what the team is missing right before the NFL draft, which begins a week from Thursday. Most NFL analysts expect the Chiefs to take a left tackle with that first pick, but new GM John Dorsey isn't revealing his plans, so we'll have to wait and see what they decide to do.

Could Falcons Fly Up To Top-3 Picks from ESPN

Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Atlanta Falcons would like to trade up from the No. 30 overall pick in next week's draft. The Falcons need a cornerback. The top cornerback is Alabama's Dee Milliner.

Could the Falcons be so interested in Milliner that they would move all the way up to the Kansas City Chiefs' spot (No. 1) or the Oakland Raiders' spot (No. 3)? It's possible.

Chiefs Should Still Consider Star Lotulelei At No. 1 from ESPN

Earlier in the draft process, I pegged Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei as the player I thought the Kansas City Chiefs should take with the No.1 overall pick.

Many scouts I talked to believed he was the best overall player available in the draft and I thought he would help the Chiefs immediately.

Dolphins Look To Acquire Offensive Tackle Branden Albert from The Miami Sun-Sentinel

The source said talks have gotten to the point a physical for Albert is expected to occure, which is one of the necessary steps involved in pulling off a trade of this magnitude. Albert must pass the physical, then trade terms must be agreed to, and it is likely that a multi-year deal between Miami and Albert must be worked out.

A team source said "the process has just begun," and admitted it is possible the Dolphins could wait until the first or second day of the draft, weighing all the options before finalizing a deal.

Mel Kiper Jr. Believes Detroit Lions Should Trade Up To No. 1 To Draft CB Dee Milliner from MLive

Playing the role of the league's 32 general managers, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. thinks Milliner is the player the Lions need most. With other teams at the top of the draft showing interest, Kiper believes Detroit should make a dramatic move up, swinging a deal with Kansas City for the No. 1 overall selection, to secure the cornerback's services.

What We Learned On NFL's First Day Of Minicamps from NFL.com

"He puts the ball on the money," cornerback Brandon Flowers told the Kansas City Star.

Translation: At least he's better than Matt Cassel.

Mailbag: What To Do With Philip Rivers? from ESPN

Tanner from the USS John C. Stennis wants to know if I think Donald Stephenson could be the Chiefs' right tackle this season.

BW: He has a chance. He played some last year and he has ability. The team also added veteran Geoff Schwartz, who could play. The right tackle position is still up in the air in Kansas City, but Stephenson could find himself in the mix.

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