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Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Breaston had a nice first season for the Chiefs last year, catching 61 passes. Baldwin missed part of training camp, the entire exhibition schedule and the first five regular-season games after breaking his thumb in a fight with teammate Thomas Jones.

After his return, Baldwin had little impact, catching 21 passes with one touchdown. With or without Bowe, the Chiefs need more from Baldwin this year.

With Or Without Bowe, Chiefs Mat Need To Pick Receiver from KC Star

Even though the Chiefs have made just one lineman a first-round selection (DE Tyson Jackson) since 2009, nearly half of the team's first through third round picks have pegged a big body.

What does this year's draft hold in store? Let's take a look at the Chiefs roster and draft needs heading into this week.

Chiefs Pre-Draft Roster Review And Needs: Defense from The Mothership

KC Star Photo Gallery: All-Time Top 50 Chiefs Draft Picks

While we won't know for three more days who the Chiefs will take with their first draft pick, we have a pretty good idea of the kind of player Scott Pioli wants with the 11th choice in the first round. He'll take somebody like Eric Berry or Tyson Jackson, a player with potential to become a solid player but also one who at a minimum will deliver some value for the big pile of money the Chiefs will soon have to provide him.

1st Round: LC Luke Kuechly from The Red Zone

I tweeted about this last week, and it continues to be true: Whatever you think you know about Scott Pioli's draft tendencies, motives or plans, you're better off admitting now that you don't know squat.

At least, that's what I have done.

Three Possible First-Round Surprises from The Red Zone

Chiefs great Will Shields didn't go off the board until the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft, but he'll get to announce Kansas City's second round selection Friday night in New York City.

With The 44th Pick In The 2012 NFL Draft, Will Shields Selects... from The Mothership

DeCastro, (6-5, 316 lbs) is my personal choice for the Chiefs to take at #11 over the player we covered yesterday, LB Luke Kuechly, but just by a hair. To be blunt, if Commissioner Roger Goodell announces either name as the Chiefs first pick, I will have no problem with it.

Meet KC Chiefs Potential #1 Draft Picks: David DeCastro from

That takes a bit of pressure off the draft, where the Chiefs have the No. 11 selection in the first round Thursday night. It also gives Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel some flexibility -- unlike some years, Kansas City doesn't necessarily need to address one specific position.

Sure, holes remain at defensive tackle, and depth along the offensive line is questionable. The Chiefs could use another middle linebacker and more help in the defensive backfield. But they also could grab a quarterback or any number of other positions.

What it amounts to is this: Only Pioli seems to know what Kansas City will do.

Chiefs Look To Fill Holes Along Line In Draft from The Associated Press via The Salina Journal

News that New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis was allegedly able to listen on opposing coaches could be annoying to Kansas City Chiefs fans.

The Saints beat the visiting Chiefs, 27-20, on Nov. 14, 2004 at the Superdome.

Chiefs Lost At Superdome in 2004 from ESPN

ESPN NFL News editor Jim Carr provides a similar role for his network. Carr said he has researched more than 350 potential picks this year and his "Carr Notes," as Drummund describes them, are thick packets of notable nuggets and articles on individual players...

"...I want to go into heavy detail on the first three rounds, and find interesting stories on the guys in the later rounds," said Carr, a former PR director of the Kansas City Chiefs who has worked for ESPN since 2003.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The 2012 NFL Draft Telecast Of ESPN, NFL Network from Sports Illustrated

"I've been hearing late rounds to free agent since the Pro Day, but I'm just keeping my expectations open," Vassallo said. "I haven't had any workouts, but my agent has spoken with like five or six teams, and I'm hearing back positive things."

Vassallo listed the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals as a few teams that have expressed interest.

Pair Of Former UA Linebackers Prepping For Shot In The NFL from The Arizona Daily Wildcat

With the three-day NFL draft slated to begin Thursday night, Cameron has found himself in a lot of hotels the past two months - he's boarded 18 flights in all to meet with the general managers and staffs of the San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

With Draft Looming, ODU Star Cameron Hits Road from The Virginian-Pilot

"He's almost an ideal quarterback," Los Angeles Rams GM Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch told the Star. "He can pass with the best of them. His ball-handling is excellent and he's a very cool field general."

Wilson was convinced his path to the starting lineup would be easier with the Texans (who became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963). It was at that time the Curse of Arizona QBs took root.

Cursed? Also signing with Dallas that winter was 26-year-old free agent Len Dawson, an obscure ex-Steeler and ex-Brown who would become a Hall of Fame quarterback over the next 14 years.

Finally, Foles Set To Break NFL Curse Of The UA QBs from The Arizona Daily Star

I was tempted to try to move up to No. 7 to take Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. I could see the Chiefs doing it, but I'm just not sure they want to spend what it takes to get him, so I stayed at No. 11. I would have taken Boston College middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, but he went two spots earlier. In the end, I chose Stanford guardDavid DeCastro.

Reviewing My Mock Draft from ESPN