Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/28

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Good morning! It took two and a half hours to shift through all the stories and find the good stuff, but here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Today we have info on yesterday's picks, names of UDFA signings and mini-camp invitees, and way too early draft grades. Enjoy!

Reid, Dorsey Put Friendship To Work In First Draft With Chiefs from KC Star

Dorse is Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, of course. He and Reid have been in charge of their new team for less than four months but they've known each other for 20 years. You can tell. They are more than co-workers.

There is a friendship and mutual respect underneath nearly everything they do. Dorsey trusts Reid's coaching as much as Reid trusts Dorsey's scouting. After years of the Chiefs' leadership being marked by behind-the-scenes back-stabbing and different personal agendas, it's a nice change. And as the 2013 Chiefs come into focus after Dorsey and Reid's first draft, it's a major part of what's shaping the new franchise.

The Duo Of John Dorsey And Andy Reid Works from The Mothership

"It's been a long three days," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey admitted during the post-draft press conference.

"We think we've helped this team. We think that the players we have selected and the ones we finished signing in free agency, I think you guys will appreciate their talents and them as people. I do have to thank the personnel staff and coaching staff for all the hard, tireless work they have done to make this really come about. Like I have always said, this is a collective effort, as the process has gone on, I think we made us better, that's all that counts. Now it's off to minicamp and then training camp; now the fun starts."

The same confidence that John Dorsey exuded in January, when he was hired as the sixth general manager in franchise history, reappeared on Saturday night, following the close of his first official NFL draft as GM.

Chiefs Go For Defense On Final Day Of NFL Draft from KC Star

The Chiefs' first NFL Draft class under new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid will eventually be defined by the success or failure of Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick.

The Chiefs also drafted seven other players, and while their expectations for those players don't match the ones they have for Fisher, they'll need some contributions from many if they're to rebound quickly from their miserable 2-14 season.

"We feel good about it,'' Reid said. "We filled some needs. That's not the way we went in thinking but the way the board fell, it allowed us to fill in some spots where we were a little but short in numbers and at the same time give us some good football players.''

Team-By-Team NFL Draft Recap And Grades from KC Star

Kansas City Chiefs B-

1 (1) Eric Fisher, ot, Central Michigan

3 (63) Travis Kelce, te, Cincinnati

3 (96)* Knile Davis, rb, Arkansas

4 (99) Nico Johnson, lb, Alabama

5 (134) Sanders Commings, db, Georgia

6 (170) Eric Kush, c, California (Pa.)

6 (204)* Braden Wilson, rb, Kansas State

7 (207) Mike Catapano, lb, Princeton

The way quarterbacks slipped in the draft validated the trade of a second-round pick for Alex Smith. Johnson can make it Johnson and (Derrick) Johnson at ILB. Kelce, Davis, Commings and Wilson will fill roles, and Kush is insurance for Rodney Hudson, who is coming off a broken leg. But this draft will be defined by the performance of Fisher.

Chiefs Select LB Nico Johnson In Fourth Round from The Mothership

Johnson leaves Alabama as a three-time BCS title winner and hungry for an opportunity to help the Chiefs.

"I'm just ready to get to work," Nico Johnson admitted.

"I'm ready to get there and learn as much as possible and try to earn their respect as much as possible."

The four years spent at Alabama will continue to pay off as he joins his new team.

Chiefs Draft DB Sanders Commings In 5th Round from The Mothership

Commings said the Chiefs met with him on a few previous occasions, prior to the draft.

"I talked to them at the Combine, at the Senior Bowl a little bit," Sanders Commings said. "I also had a private workout with them. I'm very excited to be a part of the program."

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says his staff will utilize the versatility that Commings brings to the team.

"What you see with Sanders is a big, physical press corner (and) safety, he's done both at Georgia last year and this year - he had two games this year where he played the safety spot," coach Reid said.

Chiefs Draft OL Eric Kush In Sixth Round from The Mothership

"I'm very intrigued by this player," Dorsey said. "What separates him is, he's a really good athlete; his first two or three steps are exceptionally quick. To play the center position, I think quickness is very, very important."

Kush did have previous communication with the Chiefs, during a private workout.

"I went down there (KC) for a visit and we talked a lot about football, a lot about the offense we ran at CAL U," Kush said.

"I just got married last Saturday, so we talked about my new wife (Stephanie) and everything like that. We just talked about how I grew up, things I like to do outside of football and what the Chiefs are expecting out of me."

Chiefs Draft FB Branden Wilson In Sixth Round from The Mothership

"This is awesome," Wilson said. "This is a great feeling. I couldn't be happier. Having played at Kansas State, I'm just moving two hours to the east. I still have family close by. I know a lot of people here. I couldn't be happier."

One of Wilson's unquestioned strengths is his blocking ability.

"I thought he was the best blocking fullback in the draft," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of Wilson.

Chiefs Draft LB Mike Catapano In Seventh Round from The Mothership

Catapano led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game.

"I can't even put it into words what this feels like," Catapano said after being drafted. "It's been such a long road and to be taken by such a historic franchise in Kansas City, I can't even put it into words right now honestly, I'm on cloud nine."

The Ivy League sack leader also ranked second in tackles for loss with 15.5, just a half tackle off the League lead, ranking ninth nationally in that category in 2012.

KCChiefs.com Video: John Dorsey Concludes His First Draft In KC

KCChiefs.com Video: Andy Reid Wraps Up The Draft

KCChiefs.com Video: Eric Kush Introduces Himself

KCChiefs.com Video: Branden Wilson Glad To Stay Close To Home

KCChiefs.com Video: Mike Catapano Excited For His Opportunity

KCChiefs.com Video: Sanders Commings Brings More SEC Talent To KC

KCChiefs.com Video: The Athleticism Of DB Sanders Commings

KCChiefs.com Video: Nico Johnson Is Ready To Get Started

KCChiefs.com Video: Player Profile: Nico Johnson

KCChiefs.com Video: 1-On-1 With Nico Johnson

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Chiefs 2013 Draft Class: Picks 1-4

Former Westside Star Commings Drafted By Kansas City Chiefs from The Augusta Chronicle

"Once I saw the area code, I was like, ‘This is it,' " said Commings, who watched the draft in Augusta with his family. "It feels great. When I got the call, we all got excited."

Commings, a cornerback, recorded 51 total tackles this past season and had three interceptions for the Georgia Bulldogs. He started 35 games in his college career, helping him to reach 154 total tackles and eight interceptions.

He was the fifth Georgia player taken this draft.

Source: Chiefs Sign QB Taylor Bray from ESPN

Quarterback Tyler Bray, undrafted out of Tennessee, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source told ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates.

Bray was considered one of the top players not to be selected in the draft.

Kansas City Chiefs Find Inside Linebacker from ESPN

Johnson, a high-character leader on a national championship team, theoretically could compete to start as a rookie. The Chiefs have several players in mind to start along with three Pro Bowl players in their 3-4 linebacking crew. But Johnson has to be given a shot.

He was a productive college player and he comes from the premier college defensive program. He is instinctive and tough.

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Bradley McDougald from The University Daily Kansan

Former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald went undrafted in this past weekend's NFL draft, but signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after the draft concluded. The news first broke on Twitter when McDougald announced he joined the Chiefs.

Kansas State's Wilson Caps Kansas Trifecta Of Wildcats Drafted from The Great Bend Tribune

At around 4:15 on Saturday afternoon, Wilson was the 204th overall pick in the sixth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The so-called "experts" say the fullback position is a dying breed in the league, but you can't tell that to the Chiefs nor Wilson, a Smith Center product, who grew up an avid fan of the Wildcats and Chiefs.

"I feel blessed to be in the situation I'm in," said Wilson, reached on his cell phone late Saturday afternoon. He was accompanied by nearly his entire family - minus his sister Jenna - at his brother's (Nick) residence in Olathe.

Chiefs Round #4: ILB Nico Johnson from Warpaint Illustrated

Say what you about SEC players. But anytime you can draft Alabama players in any round you should be doing the happy dance. They are generally the most prepared players to make the jump from the college game to the pro game. And the Chiefs new draft pick, Nico Johnson, should have no issues making that adjustment to the big show.

In the case of Johnson, the four year Crimson Tide performer is an inside presence that should fit very well within the Chiefs 3-4 defense scheme.

Chiefs Round #6-#7: Kush, Wilson & Catapano from Warpaint Illustrated

Considering the Chiefs added a starting left tackle, a run blocking, pass catching tight end and a back-up running back in this draft, grabbing a fullback for their run first - pass second offense makes much sense.

In doing just that, the Chiefs didn't stray too far from Arrowhead when they used their late sixth round pick on Kansas State Fullback, Braden Wilson.

He's a hard nose, well coached athlete who will become the Chiefs thumper in short yardage situations. And with the addition of Wilson, he gives KC's offense something it hasn't had the last couple of seasons; someone who can plow the road for the running backs.

Tim Robinson: Reflected Glory Not Always A Bad Thing from Livingston Daily

And now, for one of the very few times in the history of the draft, Fisher was picked No. 1 from a school not in a power conference, not in the BCS, not on most people's radar.

It's not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

This weekend, I wore a Central football shirt I bought a couple of months ago, and a few people saw it and congratulated me, as if I had anything to do with Fisher's new job with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dan Le Batard: NFL Draft Is Great Celebration Of The Unknown from The Miami Herald

By and large, we know the good and bad teams in basketball before a season starts. But we have no idea right now if the two-win Kansas City Chiefs, who added a coach and quarterback to a roster with six Pro Bowlers, are about to make that last-to-first jump the Dolphins once did in one year with Chad Pennington. And, even if we don't know it, you can rest assured that the fans in Kansas City feel like they do.

Undrafted Rebels, Bulldogs Sign In NFL from WTVA

Like Holloway, Hawkins announced his signing on Twitter. The offensive lineman signed on with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Hawkins started every game at right guard for the Rebels in 2012. He saw time during all four seasons he spent with the Rebels.

Hawkins will be joined in Kansas City by Rebel teammate E.J. Epperson. Rebel teammate C.J. Johnson announced on Twitter Saturday night that Epperson landed with the Chiefs.

NFL Draft: Team Grades from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Chiefs -- Andy Reid wore a Hawaiian shirt when his team picked Eric Fisher No. 1 overall. Good shirt, smart pick. Grade: B.

Ex-Bears Sign Free-Agent Contracts from The Waco Tribune

Wide receiver Lanear Sampson is signing with the Indianapolis Colts, center Ivory Wade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, receiver Darryl Stonum with the Kansas City Chiefs, and defensive lineman Gary Mason with the Denver Broncos, according to reports.

Seven Texas A&M Players Sign Free Agent Contracts After Going Undrafted from College Sports Blog

Just two hours after five Texas A&M players were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, seven more former Aggies were picked up as undrafted free agents by various NFL teams.

Senior OL Patrick Lewis (Green Bay Packers), senior WR Uzoma Nwachukwu (Houston Texans), senior DB Steven Terrell (Jacksonville Jaguars), senior DL Spencer Nealy (New York Jets), senior DB/PR Dustin Harris (Dallas Cowboys), senior LB Jonathan Stewart (St. Louis Rams) and senior DB CJ Jones (Kansas City Chiefs) were all picked up as free agents.

NFL Draft Grades: Report Card Time For All 32 Teams from Sporting News

Kansas City Chiefs: They couldn't miss on can't-miss Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher first overall, but otherwise, what Andy Reid and John Dorsey did was underwhelming. Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce is an intriguing athlete, but second round was too high to address the position, when you consider Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano are on the roster. Overrated Arkansas running back Knile Davis was a wasted third-rounder. It wasn't exactly a "worst to playoffs" weekend for the Chiefs.

Chip Kelly Shrewdly Navigates His Way Through First NFL Draft With Eagles from PennLive.com

It should be noted that the Eagles worked the deal with Jacksonville to grab Barkley because it was thought that Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs would select him next. If so, it makes for a nice side note, especially since Reid's penchant for selecting projects and reaches in his last few years with the Eagles sealed his exit after the 2012 season.

Crist, Opurum Invited To Kansas City's Mini-Camp from The University Daily Kansan

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist and defensive end Toben Opurum, both captains for Kansas in 2012, receive an invite to Kansas City's mini-camp.

Crist will be behind quarterbacks Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney. The Chiefs acquired Smith in a trade with the 49ers and signed Daniel this offseason. Stanzi and Tanney are backups and have yet to take a snap in a regular season game.

PSU's Mauti, Hodges Reunited With Vikings from The Tribune-Review

The only WPIAL player drafted was center Eric Kush of Chartiers Valley and California (Pa.). Kush was taken by the Chiefs with the second pick of the sixth round (170th overall), the highest a Cal player has been chosen.

Former Chartiers Valley coach Chris Saluga said there was more to Kush (6-31⁄2, 310 pounds) than physical ability.

"He was a very loyal player," he said. "He would do anything coaches asked of him. He would do anything for his teammates. He represented the program well. (The program) was part of his lifestyle."

AFC West Draft Analysis from ESPN

The 2013 NFL draft began when the Kansas City Chiefs took athletic Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick. It was a great pick, and Fisher has a chance to be a stalwart for years to come.

However, the selection of Fisher was not the story of the draft weekend in the AFC West. The headline-stealing pick came about 24 hours and 37 picks later when the San Diego Chargers, who had been very quiet this offseason, shook up the draft by taking the polarizing Notre Dame inside linebacker Te'o in a trade up.

Updated: Notre Dame Football: Lewis-Moore Sinks Teeth Into Dream; Browns Pick Up Cave from The South Bend Tribune

Offensive guard Mike Golic Jr. (Pittsburgh Steelers) and early entry running back Cierre Wood (Houston Texans) were among eight undrafted Irish NFL hopefuls who found teams quickly after the draft. Former Irish quarterback Dayne Crist, who finished up his career with former ND head coach Charlie Weis at Kansas, will get a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs.

2013 NFL Draft Winners/Losers: Sam Bradford Fully Equipped; Bill Belichick Thinking Too Hard from Yahoo! Sports

The long-discussed trade of Albert from Kansas City to Miami never materialized, even though the Dolphins were willing to meet Albert's contract demands. Miami general manager Jeff Ireland indicated that everything was pretty much dead on the deal on Friday, but that doesn't mean the teams won't somehow revisit the idea later. The Dolphins have tried to leverage the fact that Kansas City doesn't need both Albert and draft pick Eric Fisher. The Chiefs are figuring that they eventually will get some interest from teams that didn't fill their left tackle needs in the draft (Detroit, San Diego and Arizona are still in that mix). Look for Albert to eventually move for a second-round pick in 2014.

Judgements: Barkley In Philly Means Vick's Days Are Numbered from CBS Sports

I know some people thought Philadelphia jumped Kansas City to Barkley because the Eagles believed Andy Reid would take him, but, sorry, that's hard to believe. The Chiefs just committed to a 28-year-old quarterback, and what you absolutely, positively must not do is threaten him by drafting a potential starter. Alex Smith's been down that road ... which is why he's with the Chiefs.

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