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 Once more, here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet.

As the Combine was coming to a conclusion, I spent the weekend sharing suds with a handful of personnel types I’ve gotten to know over the years. They are good men who have made a place for themselves in the business of judging players. In the increasingly paranoid world of the NFL, several of these guys asked to meet for a beer in establishments outside of downtown Indy, where we weren’t likely to run into any other scouts.

It’s here at the Combine where teams start spreading rumors, even outright lying about their interest or lack of interest in certain players. They mislead the agents, because they know it’s only a matter of time before the agents repeat back what they’ve been told to the media or other teams. Over the years it’s become a much more organized and planned activity to set up smoke screens, fakes, jukes, jives and the like. One of my guys said his team’s personnel staff would meet next week to start scripting some of the falsehoods they want to spread down the NFL grapevine. “It’s funny, but we never have a meeting after the draft to talk about whether crap we spread had any results,” said the scout.

Adios Indy … Tuesday Cup O’Combine from Bob Gretz

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I think most people expected more from GM Scott Pioli in his first draft with the Chiefs. Generally given credit for the personnel decisions in New England during their three Super Bowl wins, Pioli has the daunting task of turning around an awful Chiefs team. Defensive end Tyson Jackson (LSU) was a solid pick at number three and defensive tackle Alex Magee (Purdue) could be good as a third-round pick, but after that the Chiefs draft left much to be desired. Not a great week for Kansas City fans who also had to deal with All-World TE Tony Gonzalez being dealt by the Chiefs just days before the draft.

NFL Flashback: Worst 7 Grades from '09 Draft from Open Sports

As all the attention has fallen on Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow at the NFL Combine, Colt McCoy has been the forgotten quarterback.

That’s hard to believe given his career at Texas and the fact that while Bradford was rehabbing and Tebow was home watching, it was McCoy that started in the BCS National Championship Game...

...There’s no doubt in his mind that he can play and be successful in the NFL. Here’s part of what he told the media over the weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

NFL Combine: QB Colt McCoy from Bob Gretz

The Combine for me doesn’t make a player, but it can sure kill a player. Learning that Taylor Mays is fast in shorts, or that Trent Williams can do a cones drill effectively, or that Dan LeFevour throws good in short- and intermediate-distances, doesn’t particularly change my opinion of them unless it’s something downright silly amazing.

Some silly amazing performances at the Combine include:

  • OT Russell Okung (Oklahoma State) outlifting every tackle in the field with the longest arms.
  • OT Bruce Campbell (Maryland) is ridiculous on every level.
  • RB Ben Tate (Auburn), Ben Tate, Ben Tate. Just, wow.
  • RB CJ Spiller (Clemson) has unbeatable speed for a guy as talented as he is. He is Top 5 talent.
  • NT Linval Joseph’s (East Carolina) size/speed/strength has justified my belief that he’s a sleeper. I’ve said this more than once.
  • ILB Daryl Washington (TCU) is faster than a lot of the running backs in this Draft…
  • TE(?) Dorin Dickerson (Pitt) is puny for a tight end at 6′1″, 220 lbs. But a 4.40 forty-yard dash makes him very interesting.
  • And yeah, okay, despite my concerns, WR Golden Tate (Notre Dame) is a first-rounder.

Mock Monday-ish! 3/1, post-Combine edition. from Arrowhead Addict

Thomas Dimitroff and the Atlanta Falcons are slated to draft in the No. 19 position of the first round. That's three spots ahead of the Patriots.

Denver's Josh McDaniels (No. 11), Cleveland's Eric Mangini (No. 7) and Kansas City's Scott Pioli (No. 5) also select before Bill Belichick in the first round.

Might one of these Belichick disciples spoil what the Patriots coach has in mind for draft day? Pioli (No. 36) and Mangini (No. 38) also come into play before any of the second-round picks (Nos. 44, 48 and 53) in the hands of the Pats. Could Kansas City or Cleveland take a player Belichick covets here?

It's certainly possible, especially with Dimitroff holding the cards just in front of Belichick in the first round. While Dimitroff wouldn't tip his hand Saturday and say the side of the ball he's leaning toward with that first-round pick, the Falcons are in need of a pass rusher. And yes, a sack specialist is at the top of the Patriots' wish list.

PATRIOTS BEAT ; Similar minds drafting alike from American Chronicle

It's the end result that made Michael Oher's story worthy of a movie.  For many people, it was similar to the story they saw played out in the life of Cassen Jackson-Garrison.

Cassen had a tough childhood; he didn't meet his father until he was an adult, and after he moved back to Knoxville in the sixth grade, his mother developed a drug problem.  Not yet a teenager, Cassen was left to fend for himself...

...Cassen met Roger and Darla Garrison, who adopted him.  Their home provided a stable environment, and Cassen blossomed in the classroom, on the field and as a person.  He won the 2003 Tennessee Mr. Football Award at Central High School and then signed to play at Vanderbilt.

Two seasons later, he returned to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium and had 121 combined yards and a touchdown in the Commodores' 28-24 upset win over the Vols.

"2005 I'll never forget," Jackson-Garrison said as he grinned.  "That's one of those things that's installed, engraved, tattooed in my brain."

This is where Cassen's story and Michael Oher's life take seperate paths.  Cassen wasn't drafted, but did catch on for a season with the Kansas City Chiefs before heading home to wife Courtney and sons Cassen II and Colten.

His life is eerily similar to the plot of the movie "The Blind Side", but Cassen Jackson-Garrison now carries a badge instead of a football from WBIR.com

This pretty much allows another team to grab Barron for a second round pick in this year’s NFL draft. Barron has only played fiveseasons in the NFL, and at the age of 27, Barron still has a lot of football left in him. Barron started all 16 games for the Rams at left tackle in 2009, but the Rams appear ready to move Jason Smith over from right tackle.

I think that there is no question teams are going to think long and hard about picking up Barron for a second round pick. One team I think should be interested is the Kansas City Chiefs. There is no question the Chiefs need help on the line, and with two second round picks they could use their top pick (No.5 Overall) on a guy like safety Eric Berry.Either way Barron figures to have a big impact on the NFL odds for whatever team he plays for in 2010.

Rams Barron up for grabs from BetFirms

The Kansas City Wizards announced today that local station KCWE Channel 29 will be the team's broadcast partner for the 2010 season. As part of the deal, all 27 Wizards games not on national television will be broadcast live and in high definition with 30-minute pregame and postgame shows on KCWE. As the network will be an over-the-air broadcast partner, the deal will allow the team the potential to reach every household in Kansas City.

Kansas City Wizards And KCWE-TV Announce 2010 Television Broadcast Deal from Our Sports Central

Player Tweets

almighty31 im feelin that Menace track ft. mitchy slicks and lil wayne
GlennDorsey72 Hello world im a lil late but better late than never!!!(well sometimes) Anyways WUDDUP!
GlennDorsey72 RT @BCarr39: @GlennDorsey72 I jus went away this past weekend. I'm headed back now. where u at?<< Baton Rouge will be out there next week
BFlowers24 no comments about berry....cant let other teams get the inside scoop lol...change of plans....im in tx now then kc later tonight
BFlowers24 just seen the article about preston parker on kcchiefs.com former fsu wr...grew up with him all my life...good dude..that can play some ball
GlennDorsey72 Watchin southpark laughing my ass off at Butters starting a pimpin service at school!
almighty31 july 28th the girl of my dreams will b n my life
JarradPage44 Yea right bro! Lmfao RT @thehawk38 Ladies this is jus a trending topic. Not my get down... Geez gimme a break lol. Jus fun and jokes.

Media and Fans

Adam_Schefter Get his sombrero ready RT @trojanchick99 -- @OGOchocinco rumored to be on Dancing with the Stars. http://tinyurl.com/y9a6ovs
HoltzyRoyals Walking back to clubhouse. See a lone player jogging around Field 2. Zack. Wanna know how to become great? Never be satisfied.
 kramer152 Really struggling to renew my #Chiefs season tickets...a tradition for 14 years in my family. Three boys < 2 make it a tough one.
JoshLooney Thanks for all of the Combine feedback .see if we select 1 of the profiled guys. Oh yeah, & happy birthday to our awkward brother @kb_kcstar
 Adam_Schefter From close on Sunday to not close today. Tis the season. RT @TheRedzoneorg: Source: 'highly unlikely' Lions will trade for Antonio Cromartie