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With all labor factors and potential contract issues aside, what are reasonable first-year expectations for each of Kansas City’s nine new draft picks? It’s a good question and no two situations are the same, but history can help define a reasonable outlook.
The Chiefs have had a number of successful, and unsuccessful, draft picks over the last five years. Each of those players has developed a recent floor and ceiling for each selection...
...Below, you’ll find every pick the Chiefs have made over the last five years, sorted by round. Within each group, the most productive and least productive performers are defined based solely off statistical production as rookies. Future production isn’t taken into account; just first-year contribution.
We’ll also take a brief look at the roster scenario each of Kansas City’s nine draft picks are walking into.
New Faces, Fresh Expectations from The Mothership
Armed with a key victory in the courts, NFL owners will gather Monday for their annual spring meetings.
Usually, it's a time for discussing Super Bowl sites and rules changes. This year, the 32 owners primarily will talk strategy for this summer as the labor impasse goes through court proceedings.
NFL Owners Set to Meet in Midst of Labor Impasse from KC Star
Running Backs - 1. Chris Johnson. 2. Adrian Peterson. 3 (tie). Maurice Jones-Drew and Arian Foster. 5. Jamaal Charles. 6. Michael Turner. 7. Steven Jackson. 8. Ray Rice. 9. Rashard Mendenhall. 10 (tie). Frank Gore, Darren McFadden and LeShon McCoy...
...Jamaal Charles at five is a crime, and this comes from a Maurice Jones Drew fanatic.
This is what Charles has done lately: Finished second in rushing in the league (1,467 yards) despite sharing carries with Thomas Jones (and losing the battle! Jones outcarried him 245-230). Missed Jim Brown's record for yards per carry in a season by two-hundreths of a yard - 6.38 to Brown's 6.4 an attempt.
Philip Rivers, Jamaal Charles Among Those Jobbed in ESPN Rankings from The Faster Times
I’m not saying Leach isn’t one of the best fullbacks in the NFL. But is he really a better football player than Waters and Seymour? If every roster were wiped clean and teams were drafting tomorrow, is Leach going before Waters and Seymour?
Seymour, Waters Seen as Less Than Leach in Top 100 from Football News Now