Good morning, and happy weekend. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Prior to Pioli's arrival, the Chiefs had used just two draft picks on quarterbacks from 1998-2008.
Since then, two quarterbacks have been involved in Pioli's three drafts with the team -
Ricky Stanzi as a fifth-round pick last year and the trade of a second-round pick to obtain Matt Cassel in 2009.
Of course, the franchise hasn't dedicated a first-round pick toward a quarterback in 29 years. Todd Blackledge, who was selected seventh overall in 1983, is the most recent first-round quarterback drafted by Kansas City.
The only positions with longer first-round draft draughts are kicker and punter.
Ryan Tannehill And The Chiefs from The Mothership
Ta'amu doesn't come to the NFL as a complete player. He showed little in the way of pass rush skills for the Huskies. That's troubling for a second-round pick.
But the Chiefs finished 26th in the league in rush defense and that needs to be their priority. Ta'amu could help there.
2nd Round: Alamda Ta'amu from The Red Zone
KC Star Photo Gallery: Adam Teicher's Chiefs Mock Draft
KC Star Video: Chiefs QB Cassel talks about new offense, coach Crennel
"Once you put that jersey on with that number on it, your last name on it, and you have that helmet on with that arrowhead on it, you have a lot of people that played here previously you represent," Berry said at the Chiefs practice facility Tuesday. "(Romeo) Crennel takes a lot of pride in that as well. Just remember you represent guys like Willie Lanier and guys like who came before us. That's the biggest thing Crennel preaches."
Brown: Berry Gets What It Means To Be A Chief from The Examiner
Pioli is also likely to spend at least one pick on an offensive lineman with veteran left guard Ryan Lilja another set to hit free agency at season's end and the absence of a swing tackle to back up regulars Branden Albert and Eric Winston on the roster.
Kansas City Chiefs 2012 Draft Preview from FOX News
Can't foot the bill for a full season ticket package for the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs season? You are in luck because on Friday, the Chiefs unveiled two new mini-packages for fans that won't force you to sell your family members for scientific experiments to cover the cost.
Kansas City Chiefs Offering Two New Mini Ticket Packages For 2012 from Examiner.com
Will a second-day quarterback be on the way? I think a Friday storyline could be the addition of a second-tier quarterback in the division. If the Chiefs don't take Tannehill, they could take a quarterback in the second or third round, and Denver could take one on the second day as well. The quarterbacks available on the second day probably will be Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Arizona State's Brock Osweiler and Arizona's Nick Foles. Kansas City could look at any of the four and Denver is probably in the mix for all but Weeden.
AFC West Draft Primer from ESPN
After the unveiling of the plaque, Dawson shared some of the lessons he learned in the halls of Alliance High School and throughout his career to help the students at Alliance achieve Hall of Fame success in the future.
"Look at me, I never started and finished a game in the first five years of my NFL career," shared Dawson who was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. "So the advice I have to young students and athletes is to never give up and do the best you can with the opportunities you are presented with. This honor ranks the highest of any I've received - to me there's nothing better."
Chief Of Alliance from The Pro Football Hall Of Fame
Though Brown left K-State midseason, he posted outstanding numbers at his Pro Day and has received calls from more than 20 NFL teams. His agent, Eric Armstead, said he has had private meetings with position coaches from the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
"I think he is going to be drafted," Armstead said. "It is probably going to be late, just because of all the circumstances, but he has been working out well."
Hartman, Garrett Look To Keep K-State's Draft Streak Alive from The Wichita Eagle
Is there a current sports storyline or possible sports storyline that you hope continues through until ESPYS joke-writing time approaches?
Just the same stories I expect every year: The Chiefs TRADE UP FOR THE NUMBER ONE PICK, allowing them to go undefeated and win the Superbowl (Take that, '72 Dolphins!).
Also, the Royals go into the All-Star break with a 12-game lead on the division and the best record in baseball and proceed to, of course, win the World Series in a sweep.
But my first course of action will be getting the 2012 NCAA men's basketball championship awarded to the proper winner, the Kansas Jayhawks. I may have been born in Kentucky, but I was raised in Kansas. ROCK CHALK!
But, does the NFL really want to lose the NFC North rivalries? Vikings-Packers? Vikings-Bears? Then, there's the issue of division realignment. The NFL worked so hard to get this geographical division thing going, and now the Vikings run the possibility of ruining the whole thing.
Could be as easy as moving the Kansas City Chiefs or the Indianapolis Colts out of the AFC. But then, the AFC would be out of whack. The Vikings moving could have pretty serious consequences.
New Stadium For Vikings In Dire Straights from All Voices
Saturday, April 21
DWAYNE BOWE: 2-2:30p.m., Dillard's, Mall of Louisiana, 6601 Bluebonnet Blvd. The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver will be appearing, sponsored by Perry Ellis. (225) 761-7293.
Baton Rouge Area For April 20, 2012 from The Baton Rouge Advocate
With Friday being my final day as sports editor here at the Kingston Whig-Standard before leaving for a new challenge at the Ottawa Sun, allow me to give you some of my favourite moments from what really was an outstanding stretch for local sports...
...At the Queen's Inn, a group of Greenwood's old teachers, coaches and friends gathered to watch the Chiefs play the San Diego Chargers in the second game of an MNF season-opening doubleheader. I headed over for a pint after the shift.
Greenwood, No. 93, was strictly on special teams, but when the Regiopolis-Notre Dame graduate rumbled into view for the first time on a kickoff, the roar from the bar probably could be heard on all over the downtown area.
Moments To Cherish For Many Reasons from The Kingston Whig-Standard
Dunsmore's combine performance undoubtedly improved the chances that he would hear his name called on draft day, but his pre-draft process was just beginning. The Lenexa, Kan. native began to receive calls from NFL scouts and was invited to workouts with several teams, including the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams.
"It was all happening pretty fast," he said. "but its been a fun process up to this point."
NFL Draft Profile: Drake Dunsmore from The Daily Northwestern
Midwestern State offensive guard Amini Silatolu visited or had private workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers, according to a league source.
Source: Amini Silatolu Had 20 Visits And Workouts from Scout.com
In an Insider piece, Bill Polian thinks the Chiefs have had the best drafts in the AFC West in the past three years.
Report: Denver Eyed Asante Samuel from ESPN