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Good morning! Welcome to another daily dose of Kansas City Chiefs news. Read on for news about labor mediation, Pioli and the draft, and to see what Flowers is up to. Enjoy.

Draft preparation is hitting its final stages and there's a great deal of discussion going on about the qualities of individual players. Coaches and scouts are returning from the road where they've gotten a last look at quite a few players.

Some of these new evaluations create arguments between coaches, scouts and administrators - it's all a natural part of the process when it comes to preparing for the draft. It's welcomed by Pioli.

"We encourage it by doing it and there's never a feeling of intimidation or shouting people down," Pioli said.

Talkin' Draft With Pioli.. Saturday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

"I don't think there's a position on this football team where there isn't a need," Pioli said Friday at his predraft news conference. "Something I feel strongly about and Todd (Haley) feels strongly about is the mentality we had in New England. It doesn't matter who you have at any position ... you're never set at any one position.

Chiefs Thinking Ahead When it Comes to Draft from KC Star 

The two sides left the federal courthouse in Minneapolis after about four hours of talks, following nine hours of meetings on Thursday. They will meet again Tuesday.

Hall of Famer Carl Eller, who is representing retired players in the antitrust lawsuit against the league, said he thinks the two sides are "moving forward" but the process "slowed a little bit" Friday.

Day 2 of NFL Mediation Ends; Talks Resume Tuesday from KC Star

While future Super Bowl MVP Brady had to wait until the sixth round for Pioli to call his name, Dave Stachelski waited only until round five.

A tight end out of Boise State, Stachelski stayed two years with the Patriots and caught exactly one pass for 5 yards. Brady, who could so easily have been picked off by another team, is hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

So, Pioli asks rhetorically, how smart was he really?

Pioli Prepares from Third Draft as Chiefs GM from KC Star

 It didn't qualify for headlines the size of "War Ends in Europe" but Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli did throw out a bit of a shocker when he met with the media on Friday:

"I know some of my limitations as an evaluator and some of the mistakes that I have made in the past."

Pioli is pretty good about not drinking the Kool-Aid passed about concerning his prowess in selecting players in the NFL Draft.

Pioli Talks '09 Draft & Tyson Jackson from Bob Gretz

Former Auburn defensive back Kevin Porter was named head coach Thursday for Atlanta Christian College, which will become Point University on July 1...

...A third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1988, Porter spent six years in the NFL, ending his career in 1993 with the New York Jets.

Former Auburn Defensive Back Kevin Porter Named Head Coach at Atlanta Christian College from

Friday night, Collins and fellow former-Wildcat great Eric Weems of the Atlanta Falcons hosted a "Pros vs. Joes" basketball game at Moore Gymnasium...

...Collins and Weems recruited a 10-person Pros team for Friday that included Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles, Benny Sapp of the Miami Dolphins, Brandon Flowers of the Kansas City Chiefs and former B-CU quarterback Allen Suber, the Wildcats all-time leading rusher (2,897 yards) who is now an assistant coach with the team.

Pros, B-CU, Charity All Win from The Dayton Beach News-Journal

From a coaching perspective, off-season emphasis centered upon developing the team's young, in-house talent. Players who were entering their third-year proved extra critical to the Chiefs turning a corner (i.e. Jamaal Charles, Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Carr and Flowers).

As labor negotiations continue, things are quieter around Arrowhead this year, but the importance of third-year players making an impact hasn't diminished. At the top of the list for 2011 is former first-round pick Tyson Jackson.

Chiefs Continue Counting on Threes from The Mothership