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Chiefs, Patriots Draft Interests Could Be Similar

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Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has worked with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for the majority of his career so look for the teams to have similar draft interests. 

On our draft interest tracker last year, the Chiefs and Patriots looked at many of the same players.

For example, Alabama NT Terrance Cody tells the Boston Herald that Belichick has been asking his college coach, Nick Saban, about him.

"I never talked to Coach (Bill) Belichick," Cody told Albert Breer of the Herald yesterday.  "But he talked to coach Saban about me and asked a few questions, saying, 'Can he do this?' and 'Can he do that?' and asking about me as a player and person."

This could affect the Chiefs in a couple of ways. First, as I just said, the Patriots and Chiefs could be interested in the similar type of players considering the relationship between the two top men in the organization. Second, if the Pats are sniffing around Cody, it could mean Vince Wilfork is expendable. The Chiefs, of course, are likely looking at nose tackle help in the draft or free agency.

The Patriots and Browns, both Belichick/Parcells guys like Pioli, also spent time talking to Danario Alexander, according to Ed Thompson of Scout.com. The 6'5", 215 pound reciever out of Mizzou is expected to draw plenty of interest.  The Chiefs are also expected to take a hard look at receivers in this draft.

While the Chiefs will keep a tight wrap on who they're interested, the Patriots interests could lend some clues.