Happy Draft Day! It's a crazy day for me. Working till noon at the office in NJ then off to NYC for a screening of The Avengers this afternoon. That should be over just before that draft starts and I'll be just a few blocks from Radio City Music Hall so I'll try to swing by and get some photos. For now, here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Everything that can be said has been said.
Now is the time to put words into action.
From Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin, to Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe, to Stanford guard David DeCastro and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, there's always been a favorite to land in Kansas City.
It just depended on when you tuned in.
It's Draft Day And We've Got You Covered! from The Mothership
"You look from year-to-year and the teams that have great offseason grades, that doesn't always translate into good seasons," general manager Scott Pioli said.
So if there's more work to do from an offensive personnel standpoint, it's only because the Chiefs had so far to come. They scored more than 13 points just once in their final nine games and finished next to last in the NFL in scoring.
Chiefs Know They're Better - But Only On Paper from KC Star
No matter what happens in the NFL Draft tonight, and no matter what happens in the 133 days until the start of the regular season, the Broncos have won the offseason as long as Peyton Manning is truly healthy.
But with the notable exception of failing to follow through on a stated goal of improving the quarterback situation, the Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli are quietly putting together a terrific offseason of their own.
Who Needs Peyton Manning? Chiefs Have Upgraded Well from KC Star
Student leaders from western Missouri and eastern Kansas schools have encouraged classmates to eat healthy and commit to 60 minutes of physical activity each day for the growing Fuel Up to Play 60 movement. To celebrate, student leaders and advisors from the most active Fuel Up to Play 60 schools in areas including Wichita and Kansas City will gather at Arrowhead Stadium May 1 for a hands-on, fun-filled event.
Chiefs Tony Moeaki, Matt Cassel To Join Student Leaders from The Mothership
Twenty-nine years have passed since the Chiefs drafted Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. It's a famous pick so many years later, but not in the way that teams hope a first-round quarterback will become famous. The Chiefs lost big on what seemed like a winning bet, and if you think about it, they're still losing.
"I don't think it says as much about that position," said former coach John Mackovic, who made the final decision to draft Blackledge, "as it says about the organization."
Here's a look at how NFL experts around the country project the Chiefs will pick at No. 11 overall during Thursday's NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York (with comment from each):
National Experts Predict How Chiefs Will Draft from KC Star
I say this after spotting Tuesday's Associated Press story in which Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli dropped this laugher: "You know, we could go out there and play right now with what we have."
Oh, really? After a 7-9 season? Please.
You know, what's up with leadership, or lack of it, in Kansas City?
It's worth asking because Pioli and Kansas City Royals owner David Glass are embarrassing the state.
Tough To Expect Much From Pioli, Glass from The Springfield News-Leader
In our AFC West poll, as of 12:05 p.m. ET Wednesday, 42 percent of the votes cast believe the Chiefs will provide the biggest story line of the division during the draft. Denver was next at 25 percent, while San Diego received 20 percent of the vote and Oakland received 13 percent.
Poll Results: Chiefs To Make Noise from ESPN
The basic rule of thumb - or index finger, take your pick - is that you've had a good baseball season if your team can hold your interest until the start of the National Football League season.
That means they have to stay in the pennant race until Labor Day - or thereabouts. Anything after that is a bonus. Extra credit.
That rule is altered in Kansas City.
A Slump Story In Need Of A Diversion from The Hutchinson News
Missouri Tigers, as well as members of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Kansas Speedway in partnership with NASCAR Unites, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams will go to Joplin to help build homes and bring more attention to the project, governor spokesman Scott Holste said.
Missouri Tigers To Participate In Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge from The Columbia Missourian
"There's going to be a lot of speculation about the league," Stram said at the training camp amid a desolate military complex in New Mexico. "A lot of people say it's going to fold. But when it's all over with, we are going to be the winningest team in the American Football League."
As usual, Stram (1923-2005) was ahead of the game.
In the next decade, the flamboyant Chicago native built a championship team that stamped his ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hank Stram, Kansas City's Trailblazing, Super Bowl Winner from Investor's Business Daily
Despite failing to stay with a college team for more than one season and quitting on his K-State teammates three games into his sophomore year, NFL teams are showing interest. He has been in contact with more than 20, and has held private meetings with position coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.
Bryce Brown Hopes An NFL Team Will Take A Chance from The Wichita Eagle
"Whether I'm a starter Day 1, Year 1 or Year 3, I want to go in and compete," Tannehill said. "I want to make it tough on the organization to not play me. At the end of the day, I want to play. I think I have a lot of learning to do, but that's what the game is for."
Tannehill has attracted several teams, having visited with the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. Tannehill has also worked out in front of representatives from the Miami Dolphins, who have the eighth overall pick.
Lightly Seasoned Quarterback Is Still A Commodity from The New York Times
The Chiefs took Powe in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He arrived at mini-camp about a week later. Powe, like all rookies, was put through a conditioning test. Veteran players from Glenn Dorsey to Tamba Hali looked on.
Powe laughs when looking back a year later. He readily admits he was intimidated. He was tense. Not until his second week of camp did he feel comfortable.
Time Is Now from Scout.com
"I definitely think there'll be some different dynamics," said Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. "The past couple of years, teams wanted to get out of those top picks. Teams wanted out and no one wanted in. With that stabilizing, I think there'll be more teams desiring to move. I mean, we've already had a trade."
Active Trade Market Forecast For Draft Night from USA today
Draftaholics have Kuechly as the top-rated middle linebacker in the draft and expect him to go somewhere between the 10th and 15th overall picks. The overriding consensus has Kuechly being taken by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11, but his four individual tryouts were with the Panthers (No. 9), Bills (10), Bengals (17) and Titans (20).
Luke Kuechly Prepared For Top Billing from The Boston Herald
Nichol is selling himself first as a wide receiver at the next level, working out for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs - and helping Cousins with his workout with the Philadelphia Eagles - as a wideout.
But the sales pitch both from Nichol and his agent is that teams would be drafting or signing a player who's multifaceted skills make him more valuable than most possession receivers.
"I was able to do that, and I think that helped me a lot. Going through three different head coaches, three different position coaches, three different strength coaches, that's a lot going on in five years. ... Being able to persevere through all that seems like it helps."
Many teams have called recently, and he had workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears, plus a private interview with the New England Patriots.
Former Michigan WR Junior Hemingway's Draft Stock Way Up Since end Of Season from The Detroit Free Press
ASU's Brock Osweiler could be the first player from ASU or UA selected. The 6-7 quarterback -- who left school as a junior after just 15 career starts -- is projected by most experts to go in the second or third round. Osweiler hasn't talked with local media since his pro day on March 30, but he worked out for the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs and also visited with the Cardinals, Miami and Buffalo.
ASU, UA Prospects' Draft Stock Put To Test from AZCentral.com
The Packers, Jets, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs have made contact with Nowak this spring. The Packers went a step further and had Nowak in for a lengthy visit April 12, highlighted by a 90-minute workout in front of Thompson and other team officials at The Don Hutson Center.
"I was like, 'I can get used to this,'" Nowak said. "It solidified me having a shot of a dream."
Waiting On The Call from The Green Bay Press Gazette
Nolan"Super Gnat"Smith from Jackson, Mississippi was a sixth round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967. The 5-foot-7 return specialist went onto to lead the AFL in kick returns in '67. He still owns a club record of 106 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Size Matters Less Than Talent In The NFL from Sports NOLA
Morris enters the draft having achieved more visibility than any other former FAU player. The career record holder in nearly every important FAU rushing category participated in the NFL scouting combine, the Senior Bowl and the East West Shrine Game since the Owls' season came to a close.
He also took part in the Miami Dolphins regional workout and last week flew to Kansas City to spend a day with the Chiefs - a trip that he said went well.
Where Will They Go? from FAU Owl Access
City/fan base/quality of life: Like the Browns, the Chiefs have some of the most passionate fans in the NFL. Playing in Kansas City will also keep Weeden fairly close to home.
Could also take a QB at: No. 11 overall (Ryan Tannehill)
Chance Weeden lands here: 5 percent