Happy Draft Day! Someone's running late today (and it's me). Lots of stuff out there this morning, so let's get you to your Kansas City Chiefs news! Enjoy.
Football fans can party with the Chiefs tonight
The Chiefs are holding their annual draft day party tonight at Arrowhead Stadium’s North Club.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with live draft coverage from Radio City Music Hall in New York starting at 7.
Football Fans Can Party With the Chiefs Tonight from KC Star
The Chiefs might be in no man's land tonight when the draft opens with the first round. Their biggest need is at wide receiver, where they have no one they're satisfied with to pair with Dwayne Bowe.
But the draft's two best available receivers, Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones, figure to be long gone by the time the Chiefs select with the 21st overall pick. So they may be able to get as good a receiver with their second-round pick on Friday as they could select tonight.
Draft Day Distress: When the Best-Laid Plans Go Awry from KC Star
Wide receiver and the interior offensive line are the two areas on the Chiefs offensive roster that need help. They will be joined by several positions on the defensive side of the current roster to create a needs list for the eight Kansas City draft choices.
Here's a look at the Chiefs defense and where it sits less than a day before the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Chiefs Pre-Draft Prep/ Defense from Bob Gretz
Nadeau said work ethic will make or break a player in the NFL. For every player like Russell, there are 10 players who slip under the radar, quietly exceeding expectations.
Undrafted LSU center Rudy Niswanger has started 31 games for the Kansas City Chiefs. Guard Stephen Peterman, a third-round draft pick for the Cowboys in 2004, started every game for the Detroit Lions last season.
Tailback Joseph Addai went to the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 with the 30th pick of the draft. He has been a starter since his second year in the league.
Football: LSU Has History of Successes, Failures With NFL Draft Prospects from The LSU Daily Reveille
The Kansas City Chiefs have spent a lot of time investigating defensive tackles, and I have them taking Phil Taylor 21st overall. The Indianapolis Colts have spent a lot of time on offensive linemen ... but in this scenario, I see Bill Polian looking at Bowers, seeing a player who was meriting first overall consideration a few months back and seeing too much potential value to pass up at 22.
While there are a whole lot of people left in limbo by this scenario, probably no one in the Cowboy State is feeling the effects more than University of Wyoming draft hopefuls Chris Prosinski, David Leonard and Marcell Gipson...
"...It looks like everybody is in the same boat," Prosinski said. "The only difference is that the players who get drafted will know where they are going so they will be a little more comfortable. There will be that uncertainty for the other guys."
That surely holds true for Leonard and Gipson. Although both are also hoping to get drafted, they more than likely are headed for the free-agent market, whenever that happens.
Their only workouts were with hometown teams - Leonard with the Kansas City Chiefs and Gipson with the Dallas Cowboys.
"That was a wonderful experience, going back home and working out with the Chiefs," Leonard said.
Pick Three from the Laramie Boomerang
Well, this is awkward. The NFL, before this week known mostly as The League That Could Do No Wrong, is now very publicly slapped down and forced to hold its signature offseason event like nothing's wrong.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will stand in front of thousands at Radio City Music Hall in New York and millions more on prime-time TV. He will be all blonde-haired and barrel-chested, acting like he hasn't been at least temporarily neutered by a court order ending the lockout.
Live from New York: Unreality TV from KC Star
Bigger wasn't better for Corey Liuget.
But after losing 30 pounds prior to last season, the former Illinois defensive tackle is thinking big heading into the first round of the NFL draft Thursday. Analysts predict he may go in the middle to late first round...
...A former Hialeah High School star in Miami, Liuget went to the NFL combine and the pro timing day on the Illinois campus. He also had private workouts with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.
Wait is Behind Ex-Illini Liuget from The Peoria Journal Star
Edmond Gates walked away from football after his freshman year at Vernon High School, because he thought he was too small to play the game.
Now, after walking onto the Abilene Christian University football team four years ago, the 6-foot-1 receiver will likely hear his name called during the NFL draft, which begins today and concludes Saturday...
...The guy who gave up football after his freshman year has found himself at the NFL Combine, along with individual workouts for the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Bengals. He's also visited the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos.
Former ACU Star Gates Hopes to Hear His Name Called Early in NFL Draft from The Abilene Reporter News
Former Kansas City Chiefs lineman Will Shields left Louisburg High School seniors with guidelines on how to ensure their legacy will live beyond their time, and the process starts now.
"If you're prepared when you step on that field and you challenge yourself to be your best," he said to close a powerful message about life beyond high school, "each of you will write your name in indellible ink."
Seniors Treated to Meal, Guest Speaker from KCCommunityNews.com
NFL teams have been displaying increased interest lately in South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews.
According to a league source, the following teams have recently called Matthews or his agent late in the draft process: Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs...
South Carolina DE Cliff Matthews Drawing Increased Interest from National Football Post
We're taking a look at the so-called celebrities that Louisville's Derby parties are serving up this year. Check back as we'll update it when new celebs are announced...
...33. Matt Cassel-QB for the Kansas City Chiefs, a poor man's Brady.
Kentucky Derby Party Celebrity Rankings, as of April 27 from Louisville.com
University of Miami defensive end Allen Bailey recently worked out for the Carolina Panthers, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
...Bailey said he talked to Tampa Bay, Atlanta, the Kansas City Chiefs, Chargers and the Cleveland Browns for combine interviews. He also interviewed with the Falcons at the Senior Bowl.
Miami DE Allen Bailey Worked Out for Panthers from National Football Post
Going into this week's NFL Draft the odds are against BYU's Andrew Rich and Vic So'oto.
They both say, "Bring it on."
Rich and So'oto head a group of seven former BYU players looking to get a shot at the NFL, via draft or free agency...
...In the past few weeks So'oto flew to Arizona to meet with the Cardinals management and coaches and the Kansas City Chiefs have also shown interest.
BYU's Rich, So'oto Prepare for Long Wait of NFL Draft from The Daily Herald
Powe just turned 24 years old, so he's an older prospect. He had a well-publicized, three-year eligibility battle with the NCAA before making his debut in 2008. He's also struggled with his weight, though that's been a lesser concern over the past two years.
Powe said several teams have shown interest, especially the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs selected two Rebels -- receiver Dexter McCluster and safety Kendrick Lewis -- in last year's draft.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said the NFL had fallen short in proving a stay was warranted and dismissed its argument that it is facing irreparable harm because of her decision to end the 45-day lockout.
"The world of 'chaos' the NFL claims it has been thrust into - essentially the 'free-market' system this nation otherwise willfully operates under - is not compelled by this court's order," Nelson wrote.
And yet chaos there may be, perhaps as early as Thursday, the first day of the NFL draft.
Judge Denies NFL Request to Freeze Lockout Ruling from Sports Illustrated
So what would you recommend the NFL do?
First, NFL teams should re-open business without any physical or other obstructions to players. A court has told the league to resume operations. It should do just that and not pull any gimmicks. It may be an awkward time for teams and players, but only if they let it be.
Second, the NFL should -- for the time being -- not employ a salary cap, meaning teams should be able to sign free agents without restriction. Teams would still be deterred in their spending because a new CBA will eventually be reached and it will contain a salary cap -- no team wants to be way over the cap when the new CBA is put in place.
Third, teams should remove franchise tag designations and other restrictions on players' free agency rights. History should convince the league of this point: the NFL has lost antitrust cases involving unilaterally imposed restrictions on movement of free agents between teams.
Judge's Ruling Means NFL Must Get Back to Work -- Sans Restrictions from Sports Illustrated