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 Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy.

...signing Zorn seems to be the Chiefs’ most important offseason move. He also seems a logical choice to help quarterback Matt Cassel reach the next step in his growth, even after a Pro Bowl season in 2010.

The reality is that communication, work ethic and patience will define how this latest experiment will unfold.

Rich Gannon is a former NFL quarterback who now analyzes the game for CBS Sports. He said Zorn’s talent and influence could be squandered if he doesn’t quickly fit in with his fellow coaches, particularly Haley and new offensive coordinator Bill Muir.

New Chiefs QB Coach Zorn May Need to be Flexible from KC Star

The evaluation process in preparing for the draft has two avenues. As a team you look at what you have, and then you look at what might be available. Every team hopes they can somehow connect the needs with the avails.

So just what are the Chiefs needs after their 10-6 AFC West winning season? Let's break down the offense, with the defense and the avails to come. For each position we will provide a level of need for the Chiefs to find somebody in this draft class.

Chiefs Pre-Draft Prep/ Offense from Bob Gretz

There were no reports of players arriving for work at the team's Truman Sports Complex practice facility one day after a federal judge in Minnesota issued a preliminary injunction lifting the league-imposed lockout.

Chiefs guard Brian Waters told The Star on Monday after the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson that he would advise teammates not to report for work until there was some clarity to the situation.

The league has asked the judge for a stay of the injunction pending its appeal of her ruling. Nelson could rule on the stay as soon as today.

Chiefs Avoid Practice Facility After Judge Lifts Lockout from KC Star 

A year ago, the Chiefs made it a priority to improve their kick-return game and selected Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas in the second round of the NFL draft.

The results were largely disappointing, except for McCluster's kickoff return for a touchdown against San Diego on opening night. And now, thanks to some rules changes that will go into effect this season, teams will have to think twice about making such investments in return men during this week's NFL draft.

NFL Teams Face Law of Diminishing Returns in Draft from KC Star

17. New England Patriots - Trade pick to Kansas City Chiefs along with three hooded sweatshirts for first round pick, second round pick, third round pick, fourth round pick, Excalibur, two tickets to "Mamma Mia" and the soul of Dwayne Bowe ... Kansas City will select Ron Burgundy, anchorman...

21. New England Patriots (from Kansas City Chiefs) - Trade pick back to Kansas City Chiefs for 2012 first round pick, 2013 first round pick, 2014 first round pick, 2037 third round pick, Rajon Rondo, two bottles of Elmer's Glue, Indiana Avenue and an entire wheel of cheese ... Kansas City will select Brooks Reed, linebacker, who won't be able to deal with life after Shawshank State Prison and will quit the team.

Column: A Mockery of Mock Drafts from The Daily Princetonian

Everywhere former Largo High School standout Dexter McCluster, star running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, went on Saturday, a crowd of kids was sure to follow. They gravitated towards him like a cluster of stars rotating around a planet.

After spending some time with the diminutive dynamo, it quickly becomes apparent that McCluster's easygoing nature and down-to-earth attitude make him naturally accessible to kids and adults alike.

McCluster, an undersized (5'8") player who went on to star at Mississippi before being drafted by the Chiefs in 2010, brought his humble personality and dazzling football talents back to where it all began.

NFL Star Dexter McCluster Gives Back to Youth in Free Football Clinic from The Largo Patch

The labor dispute between the National Football League and its players could deprive drafted and undrafted players of a fair chance to earn roster spots, New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson said.

Richardson, 39, spoke yesterday at a discussion hosted by the Manhattan-based New York Law School...

...Richardson, who has served as a player representative for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Jets, said players are anxious to return to the field.

"We've been stressing for a while that we don't actually start playing games until September, so we have time, but there is a sense of urgency to get back to some normalcy and get back to some training," he said.

New York Jets' Tony Richardson Warns 'Utter Chaos' Could Await NFL Draft from Bloomberg

There are few running backs in this year's NFL draft that can match John Clay's resume.

Yet it's possible the former University of Wisconsin standout won't hear his name called during the seven-round, three-day event that begins Thursday...

...To his credit, Clay has remained upbeat throughout the draft process even though there hasn't been a whole lot positive said or written about him.

Clay, who has had recent workouts with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs, just shrugs it off.

NFL Draft: Clay's Productive College Career No Guatantee He'll Be Drafted from

21. Los Angeles Clippers (from Kansas City Chiefs; projected trade). It makes absolutely no difference who the Clippers draft, and it never will. Note: I've been using this line in my mock of mock drafts for 10 years, and the Clippers have yet to prove me wrong.

Laboring to Mock the Mock Drafts from ESPN

Given Carmichael's background and his ability to make a strong, personable first impression, his draft stock should jump a few points for those NFL general managers who often like to boast how they emphasize character as much as talent.

But Carmichael also has another thing going for him - his loves of the film room.

He tells the story of a visit from former Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers, now with the Kansas City Chiefs. Flowers so impressed upon Carmichael the importance of film study that Carmichael cut off his cable service the next day - he loves old comedy movies - and ordered scores of DVDs of cornerback game film.

Father's Memory Lives on for NFL-Bound Carmichael from Sports Illustrated

Sherrod, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Mississippi State University, is projected to be chosen late in the first round. If that happens, it will snap MSU's 14-year streak without a first-round selection, the longest drought for any team in the Southeastern Conference...

...Sherrod attended individual workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, who hold the 21st pick, and Chicago Bears, who will pick 29th (out of 32 teams) in the first round.

Sherrod Set for High Pick from The Clarion Ledger