Good morning Kansas City Chiefs fans! We have a pretty good line up of news articles for you this morning. Read on to get a deeper look into how players are evaluated before the draft, see the latest rumors and reports on who the Chiefs are looking at, and get a couple of updates on current players. Enjoy!
As they have their final evaluation meetings, they will talk about those players who've had legal/social/ family/health/psychological problems and they will put the potential of each one on the scales of what their problem might be, and whether that can be balanced by what they can contribute.
If the bad stuff outweighs what they might be able to provide on the field, then they'll be eliminated from consideration, shuffled to one side of the board in what one NFL team calls "the sin bin."
This process is much more complicated and diverse these days. Facebook, Twitter, My Space and the rest of cyberspace have left little pieces of everyone available to be found, especially young adults who have grown up with the social media being an everyday part of their lives.
Finding the Faults... Wednesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
"You don't want to make mistakes," said former Chiefs General Manager Carl Peterson. "You hope first-, second-, third-rounders are guys who can not only just contribute early but make an impact."
Peterson, now the chairman of USA Football, was the G.M. in Kansas City for 20 years. The Chargers won the AFC West each of Peterson's final three years with the Chiefs, but his parting gift was a good portion of the foundation for the team that won the division title in 2010. After meager drafts in 2006 and '07, the Chiefs traded away Jared Allen and ended up with five picks in the first 82 spots of the 2008 draft.
"They left us some good players to come in with," said Pioli, who took over as G.M. in 2009 and in 2010 again had five picks in the first three rounds.
Early Picks Give Chargers Better Chance to Find Impact Players from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Also on hand to help out with drills were six former Longhorns from the NFL - Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson, Falcons OT Justin Blalock, Redskins DE Brian Orakpo, Titans DB Michael Griffin and Raiders defenders Lamarr Houston and Michael Huff.
Steelers Look to Austin for Defensive Help from NFL.com
Two NFL safeties will team up with Stebbins High School on Thursday to tackle breast cancer by raising awareness of the disease and also money for an organization committed to finding a cure for it.
Philadelphia Eagles star safety Kurt Coleman and Kansas City Chiefs safety Donald Washington will be the guest speakers at the 7 p.m. event, and they will discuss their rise to fame and the challenges they faced as they ascended from high school to The Ohio State University to the pros.
Stebbins High Teams Up With Pros to Tackle Breast Cancer from The Dayton Daily News
Jamaal Charles is one step closer to being on the cover of Madden '12 football. The Kansas City Chiefs running back easily disposed of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the fan vote (64 percent to 34 percent)...
...Charles is a huge gamer, so making the cover would be a dream come true. But there is one drawback to making the cover of Madden -- the curse.
Jamaal Charles Kicked Tim Tebow's Ass in Madden Cover Battle from The Pitch
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and two high-level personnel department executives were all on hand at the Nevada campus today to work out rising quarterback prospect Colin Kaepernick, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation...
...Kaepernick is to set to work out for the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday in Reno followed by workouts for the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Colin Kaepernick Worked Out for Titans Today from National Football Post
After watching the Baltimore Ravens decimate the Kansas City Chiefs in playoffs last season, it became evident that the team needs help on defense. Joe Flacco dissected the Chiefs in the Wild Card game, as Kansas City failed to get pressure on the quarterback. The team needs to find a player who would be a good fit across from Tamba Hali, and Ayers might be the perfect compliment.
General Manager, Scott Pioli, loves versatility and if the Chiefs select Ayers they would be getting a linebacker who could line up in any position.
Sportsrageous 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: LB, UCLA, Akeem Ayers from Sportsrageous
Looking for a mock draft you can rely on? Well you came to the right place: a mock draft based not on 40 yard dash times, bench presses, or Wonderlic scores. This is a mock draft based solely on names.
Confirmed by actual internet research, all of the following are actual college football players who are eligible for the actual upcoming NFL Draft...
21. KANSAS CITY: Codarol Scales, wide receiver, Fort Hays State - Itching to land the best available skin condition, the Chiefs find their man.
Speaking of Sports: An Art Within an Art, Mocking the Mock Draft from The Morning Journal
That said, through 18 days of the lockout the social media outbursts have been limited. The only one we've detected to date involves 49ers tackle Anthony Davis and Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith.
Smith, who was fined for grabbing Davis' crotch during a 2010 game and later had the fined vacated on appeal, received a Twitter message from Davis pointing out that Smith "grabbed my nuts during the game then tried to shake my hand afterwards? ... where the [f--k] u from?" (The message has since been deleted.)
Said Smith in response, "[M]an go workout or something u [f--king] scrub if I did something wrong I would have gotten fine[d] man so watch your mouth boi."
Lockout unlocks Twitter for Players, Too from Pro Football Talk
Dane from Gainesville, FL
While keeping an eye on this CBA negotiations, I have tried to analyze it with a "what would Vic say?" approach. While it is certainly about the money for both sides, I think it is also safe to say the majority of owners genuinely care about the players they employ, and for their well-being.
Vic: There is no doubt in my mind they care about their players. I can cite example after example. I can tell you about a defensive back from a school in Texas who came to the team I was covering legally blind in one eye. His career was not successful but prior to releasing him the team directed him to an eye-and-ear hospital that performed a procedure that restored his sight in that eye. When he was released, he had perfect vision. I can also tell you that some years ago, when I was doing the Jaguars team newspaper, I received a handwritten letter from Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who had read a feature story I did on linebacker Lonnie Marts. Hunt cared enough to share his thoughts with me on Marts. These are warm-hearted men in what can often be a cold-hearted business.