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KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 04:  A general view of Arrowhead Stadium as the NFL lockout looms while negotiations are extended on March 4, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 04: A general view of Arrowhead Stadium as the NFL lockout looms while negotiations are extended on March 4, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Good morning, Chiefs fans. NFL labor mediation starts up again today (fingers crossed). You can read about that and more in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Larger contingents are expected Thursday, with commissioner Roger Goodell himself scheduled to arrive. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also said some of the owners will be there.

This was posted on Goodell's Twitter feed Wednesday night: "I am also looking forward to resuming mediation talks tomorrow with players and their representatives."

NFL Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith is set to attend, too, after withdrawing from a speaking event in North Carolina so he could be in Minnesota.

The NFLPA, dissolved by a vote of the players, is now a trade association and not a union. Smith, an attorney, was formally added to the legal team last week so he could represent the players in mediation even though he is no longer their union boss.

NFL's Goodell 'Looking Forward' to Mediation from KC Star

Who were the best first-round draft choices in the NFL since the merger in 1970?

That is today's question and what follows are my answers for selections No. 1 through No. 32 in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Obviously, this is a very subjective type of poll, which is why I've included honorable mention selections at almost every slot...

...So here we go, the best first-round picks, spot by spot:

First Round Bests... Thursday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

The NFL wants to cut almost 60 percent of guaranteed pay for first-round draft picks, lock them in for five years and divert the savings to veterans' salaries and benefits.

More than $525 million went to first-rounders in guaranteed payments in 2010. The league wants to decrease that figure by $300 million, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

NFL's Rookie Pitch: Divert 300M from 1st Rounders from KC Star

University of North Carolina linebacker Quan Sturdivant is visiting the Kansas CIty Chiefs today, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

He visited the Washington Redskins on Tuesday.

Quan Sturdivant Visiting the Chiefs Today from National Football Post 

Former Kansas City Chiefs running back has settled a lawsuit with a local woman who sued him after a 2008 incident at a Kansas City, Mo., nightclub for $100,000 sports website Deadspin.com reports.

Johnson was charged with nonaggravated assault after police said he spit a drink on a woman, Ashley Stewart, at Blond nightclub.

Report: Former Chief Johnson Settles Lawsuit from KCTV5

Dexter McCluster a former Largo High School Packer and a Kansas City Chiefs running back, joins the city in hosting its upcoming Youth Football Clinic. 

The city's Athletics Division is hosting a free Football Clinic on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St N in Largo.

NFL Running Back Dexter McCluster Hosts Largo Youth Football Clinic from The Largo Patch

But Stewart and his orchestra of dancers, singers and musicians - including Kansas City native and drummer/percussionist Matt O'Conner -- have this show down pat, polished to a Vegas-revue sheen...

...The loudest cheer may have been when the videographer focused in on the Kansas City Chiefs logo on the side of O'Connor's kick drum during his solo.

Review: Rod Stewart at the Sprint Center from KC Star

Connecticut native Bannon is a 6-foot-2 combination player who has the ability to play tight end, h-back or fullback if drafted to the NFL. He is coming off a season in which he started every game and had a career-best 13 catches at h-back. So far, Bannon has worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, with plans for a pre-draft visit to the Green Bay Packers this week.

Yale Seniors Sane Bannon, Tom McCarthy, Chris Blohm Working Out for NFL Teams, Hoping to be Called on Draft Day from NESN

No. 21, Kansas City

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

My take: This may be the first mock I've seen that has Kansas City taking Solder. I think the Chiefs will look for pass-rushers first. Temple pass-rusher Muhammad Wilkerson is still available on this mock. I think the Chiefs would take him before Solder.

More McShay Mock Madness from ESPN