Good morning. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news! Enjoy.
LAST SEASON: Chiefs enjoyed breakthrough season in second year of Scott Pioli-Todd Haley regime, improving six games with last-place schedule and winning AFC West. They got destroyed in first playoff game by Baltimore.
THEY NEED: WR to complement Pro Bowler Dwayne Bowe; pass rusher to take pressure off Pro Bowler Tamba Hali; help for aging offensive line, particularly at center and guard; linebacker; nose tackle.
THEY DON'T NEED: DE, S, CB, QB, PK, P, RB.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: OLB Justin Houston.
OUTLOOK: Pioli has spent his first two first-round selections on defense, hitting home run last year with S Eric Berry and possibly striking out the year before on DE Tyson Jackson. This will be first time he does not get to select in top five.
Team-by-Team Draft Capsules from KC Star
It's certainly not unusual to see sons follow their fathers into the league, such as the Mannings and Grieses of quarterback fame and Kansas City offensive linemen Ed and Brad Budde.
Even the current Chiefs have legacies in punter Dustin Colquitt, whose father Craig punted for two Super Bowl championship teams in Pittsburgh, and fullback Tim Castille, whose father, Jeremiah, was a defensive back for Denver and Tampa Bay.
The Oakland Raiders welcomed Hawaii safety Mana Silva to Alameda, Calif. recently...
Raiders Workout Hawaii Safety Mana Silva Following Strong Pro Day from National Football Post
Will the Chiefs' infatuation with the SEC continue? The Chiefs have drafted a player from the SEC in the past four years, and Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli has a long history of taking players from that conference. I've been told the Chiefs have been scouting the entire South hard this spring. It will be interesting to see how that affects their draft class.
AFC West Draft Primer from ESPN
Although defensive backs traditionally do not come off the board that early, Berry was considered the top safety in the draft class. He helped the Chiefs improve their blitz pressure with one or more defensive backs to the best in the NFL.
So the Chiefs ended up looking smart by going against the grain of traditional thinking. Smart for sure, but perhaps the risk in taking Berry was minimal. Maybe adding to a team's secondary is actually one of the safest investments an NFL team can make in the draft.
Where Are the Safe Picks from ESPN
Having missed some opportunity in the fall, Irvin's excited to make gains this summer. He's set a goal to reach 250 pounds before summer workouts begin, and will have some help from a former Penn State great - Tamba Hali.
The former Lions' defensive end will spend most of the summer in University Park, preparing for his sixth NFL season with the Kansas City Chiefs. His 14.5 sacks in 2010 were second only to Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware.
Even this spring, Irvin's had a lot of chances to learn from Hali. He said hip rotation is an important aspect of maneuvering around the offensive line.
Lewis, Irvin Show Off Skills at Blue-White Game from The Gettysburg Times
Throughout the years, the Chiefs and their fans have done their part to embody the philosophy of reducing, reusing and recycling. That's evident thanks to the results generated by Chiefs fans and the Chiefs Community Caring Team on a regular basis. In 2010, the organization was able to recycle 60 tons waste. However, that figure will undoubtedly rise in the coming years.
Chiefs Community Caring Team Turns a Green Hue on Earth Day from The Mothership