Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/1

Jamie Squire

Good morning! We have a great day of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Alex Smith prepares to give the commencement address in Utah, Chiefs players were in Leavenworth (not like Vick) to support the troops, and there's lots of draft talk are ahead. Enjoy!

Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah Talk Chiefs Draft from The Mothership

The 2014 NFL Draft continues to draw close, kicking off on May 8, when the Kansas City Chiefs will appear 'on the clock' with the 23rd-overall pick of the first round. Much can still take place between now and then, including ongoing draft predictions, analysis and more.

Recently, NFL Network's Path to the Draft anchors, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah, held a conference call, offering their personal opinions on which players are the best fits with NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs.

KCChiefs.com Video: 1 On 1: Andy Reid

Kragthorpe: Alex Smith Sure To Inspire Utah Grads from The Salt Lake Tribune

Smith will deliver good material, undoubtedly. He'll take it seriously, and he'll be funny, having joked that his advice would include how being able to run fast or throw a football a long way would help ensure the graduates' financial futures. He also reminded media members that they'll have to address him as Dr. Smith, thanks to his honorary doctorate.

Not that he needed my help, but I could have suggested his speech's theme: Thank your parents, and be good parents. That's hardly original, I know. Yet it captures Smith, who's a son of a high school principal and a health and human services director and is a father of two young boys.

Chiefs' Military Visit Leaves Plenty Of Smiles from Chiefs Spin

While fan excitement charged the air, being around troops and their families proved a homecoming of sorts for Johnson.

"My dad was in the Navy," Johnson said. "I have the opportunity to give back to the military or come out and support it in any way possible.

"Coming down to Leavenworth, it's a great atmosphere, the sense of protecting and support down here when you're around military people. They do more than enough for us to come down and do a little token coming out to the community to show our love. They're the real heroes."

Can The Chiefs' Tamba Hali Rap? 'Hell Yeah,' He Can from FS Kansas City

Can Tamba Hali kick it?

Three words: Oh, hell, yeah.

The Kansas City Chiefs' pass-rushing ace has made no secret of his passion for hip-hop -- he owns a record label, Relumae Records, whose stable of artists includes Gillie Da Kid and Starzz. But Tamba can bring it, too, as evidenced by the single he released this month via the EchoingSoundzMuziK feed on SoundCloud: "HELL YEAH."

Wide Receiver Is NFL Draft Best Option For The Chiefs from The Kansas State Collegian

The NFL Draft is finally just one week away. The Kansas City Chiefs will be picking in the 23rd slot. The speculation over whom the Chiefs should draft has been hotly debated. Many fans think that the team needs help on the offensive line. Others believe they should go with a safety. However, the clear need on this team is at the position of wide receiver.

A Six-Pick Mock Draft For Chiefs from ESPN

Shawn Zobel of draftheadquarters.com has long been one of my favorite draft analysts. He hasn't hesitated over the years to take some unpopular stands with players he believes are overrated or underrated and he's got strong opinions on just about every player...

...Zobel has given the Kansas City Chiefs six players in their draft, which other than the top pick of Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer doesn't fill in some of their roster holes.

Bloomberg Holdover Outlines Tech Approach from Crain's New York Business

Kyle Kimball isn't in Kansas anymore, but he sure misses the food. A Sunflower State native and Harvard grad, the 41-year-old Mr. Kimball is now a Park Slope resident and president of New York City's Economic Development Corp. He took over that role in the final months of the Bloomberg administration after almost five years at the agency and a few years at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

Over Kansas City-style barbecue in Long Island City, Mr. Kimball gave Crain's a taste of how his old job feels new again...

...WHO KNEW?

Mr. Kimball is a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan and makes the trek from Park Slope to John Brown Smokehouse on gamedays.

Listen: Inside Being An NFL Prospect from Auburn Undercover

AuburnUndercover's Austin W. Penny speaks with former Auburn and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeris McIntyre about the process leading up to the NFL Draft. We hit on hiring an agent, scheduling pre-draft workouts, the feeling of getting drafted and much more.

Bombers Sign New Kicker from The Winnipeg Free Press

Maher handled place-kicking, punting and kickoff duties for the Cornhuskers and worked out for the Bombers during the team's recent mini-camp in Sarasota, Florida.

Maher was still entertaining interest from the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs at the time he worked out for Winnipeg, but he spoke glowingly in an interview with reporters about his experience with the Bombers.

Mock Draft: Indiana Wideout Latimer Rides Late Buzz Into Round 1 from CBS Sports

23. Kansas City Chiefs -- Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois: He would team with Eric Berry to give them a heck of a combination.

Point-Counterpoint: Our Own Mock Draft from Buccaneers.com

23. Kansas City Chiefs, WR Marqise Lee, USC (AN)

And the Chiefs contribute to the mid-round WR run, drafting the fourth receiver in the last six spots. They'd have liked to see Beckham fall just one more spot so he could fill some of the return duties left vacant by Dexter McCluster's departure. But they are happy to find Lee with this pick, giving Alex Smith a much-needed wide receiver option opposite Dwayne Bowe.

Examining Dolphins' Schedule: Games 1-4 from ESPN

Kansas City made the playoffs last season in the first year under head coach Andy Reid. One of the reasons the Chiefs made the postseason was due to their impressive 6-2 road record, which was tied for the best in the NFL. Kansas City is a ball-control team that doesn't turn over the football. That's usually a formula for success to win on the road. However, these are the kind of early games at home Miami should win if the Dolphins want to be taken seriously as a legitimate playoff contender.

African-American Jockey, Three-Time Kentucky Derby Winner Celebrated In New Bio from Emory University

If you are shocked to know that African American jockeys existed-much less thrived-in 19th-century America, don't tell Pellom McDaniels III. He will be shocked that you are shocked. And yet, in the end, he accepts that his job is to ensure that our shared national history is just that.

McDaniels-the faculty curator of African American Collections in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and assistant professor of African American studies-arrived later in life to a career as a historian and scholar. Earlier incarnations were as a respected defensive player for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, an inventor (who sold Procter & Gamble a patent for a dental product), an artist, and the owner of an aging Chevy Suburban (more on that later).

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