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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/21

Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes a lot of mock draft and some info on how the combine works. Looks like Andy Reid will speak at 2pm (Arrowhead Time). Enjoy!

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Extra Points: Mock Draft Version 2.0, The Pre-Combine Edition from KC Star

Here are the results as The Sports Network rolls out its latest mock draft, the pre-combine edition:

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - A lot of Andy Reid's success in Philadelphia was tied to quarterback Donovan McNabb, but Mayock doesn't think there is a signal-caller worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in this cycle.

"I'm a big believer in value," Mayock said earlier this week. "If you have a top 10 pick, you want an All-Pro at some point. If you look at (West Virginia quarterback) Geno Smith, he could be a top 10 pick in some people's eyes. Now for me, he and (Southern California signal-caller) Matt Barkley to me are more like 20 to 32. That's where I feel more comfortable."

Inside The Interviews At The Combine from ESPN Boston

The format inside of the old train station is this: A position group or groups is designated to enter the room at a given time, and upon their arrival teams scramble to try to bring a player to a respective table to spend time with them (the team representation is usually members of both the coaching and scouting departments, but not head coaches or GMs). There is no rhyme or reason to where the players end up first -- just whichever scout or coach can convince them to come talk.

The amount of time a player speaks with a team is also not fixed, which creates an at-times tricky reality: Other teams will huddle near or around that player and wait until he is finished with his interview in an attempt to lure him to them next.

Alex Smith, The KC Chiefs & How Rumors Get Started from Arrowhead Addict

If this is a blog post or whatever, I've got no problem with the writer throwing in their opinion. None at all.

What do do have a problem with is when I am unable to reconcile whether or not what I am reading is supposed to be opinion-based or if it is a news report. The title of this piece, sure as heck makes it seem like news is being report know, because they used the word "report."

Inside Free Agency - Day 11: Greg Jennings from The Mothership

Greg Jennings is statistically one of the best wide receivers to ever play for the Green Bay Packers. He ranks in the franchise's top ten for receptions, receiving yards and TD catches.

But, he is also a free agent, who may be playing for a new team in 2013. Let's take a look at his strengths and weaknesses.

Scott Pioli Reportedly Signs With SiriusXM NFL Radio from

Scott Pioli was so integral to the New England Patriots' success that his VP of player personnel position was split among four employees when he flew the coop for the Kansas City Chiefs. What ultimately swayed him to leave Bill Belichick was the opportunity to breathe life into a once-proud football community that had gone stale.

Four years later, the former Chiefs general manager finds himself back on the market after failing at his two most important tasks: finding a quarterback and a head coach.

Doug Waley On 2013 QB Class: 'There's No Total Package' from The Buffalo News

In an interview today with The Buffalo News, Bills assistant GM Doug Whaley was asked how he views this year's quarterback class.

"There will be guys that develop," Whaley said. "With the quarterback class, I see guys with strengths, and there's guys with weaknesses. There's no total package.

"You've just got to decide the strengths they have and that you put more importance on, and you think they can overcome those weaknesses and develop. There will be some that do and some that don't."

Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey, who's on the clock with the first overall pick, made similar comments recently when explaining how his scouting department slotted quarterbacks on their early draft board.

Wake-Up Call: Day 1 At Combine from ESPN Boston

Here's a rundown of the head coaches and general managers we'll be hearing from today, and the entire list of player invitees can be found at

Former LSU Star Billy Cannon Out Of ICU, Showing Signs Of Improvement After Stroke from

Fomer LSU football star and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon was moved from intensive care to a private room and is showing signs of improvement one day after suffering a stroke, his daughter Bunnie Cannon said Wednesday.Cannon was hospitalized Tuesday and spent the night in intensive care, she said.

"He is doing very well," Bunnie Cannon said in an email to | The Times-Picayune. "He has maintained his sense of humor and is as gracious as always."

Dysert Headed For Combine, But Injury Will Keep Him Talking from The Hamilton Journal News

Zac Dysert hopes to impress National Football League personnel with his thoughts this week.

The former Miami University quarterback will be in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday through Sunday, but he won't be able to work out because of a hamstring tear...

...Dysert doesn't believe his inability to work out at the Combine will affect his draft stock. He said the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles are the NFL teams that have shown the most interest in him thus far.

Big Days Ahead At Combine For Te'o from Lindy's Sports

The Chiefs will scrutinize the quarterback crop very closely, and likely hope a top-quality prospect will be available early in the second round. Dorsey spoke glowingly of coach Andy Reid's ability to find good quarterbacks.

"I think Andy is a really good evaluator of quarterbacks," Dorsey said. "I want him and I to go to as many quarterback workouts as possible and actually set our own up."

NFL Offseason Gets Underway With Draft Scouting Combine Thursday In Indianapolis And There Are Plenty Of Lingering Questions from NY Daily News

While the Jets shop for a Tebow taker, new Chiefs coach Andy Reid arrives searching for a player worthy of Kansas City's No. 1 overall pick. This year, it won't be easy.

"The top end of the draft, the top 10 picks, I don't see the difference-makers like we've had the last several years," NFL Network scouting guru Mike Mayock says. "A couple of quarterbacks last year, Von Miller, Ndamukong Suh. You can go back and see those impact players each year, where, before the draft, you knew who they were."

The NCAA season ended with several players including Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, Aggies defensive end Damontre Moore and Utah DT Star Lotulelei in the No. 1 conversation. Or someone such as athletic Georgia LB Jarvis Jones could vault to the top of the class with a good workout.

The Perfect NFL Offseason For Teams In The AFC West from SB Nation

Perfection: Trade for Alex Smith, take the best defensive player available at No. 1 overall, re-sign Branden Albert and Dwayne Bowe, draft a tackle, receiver and cornerback in the draft.

Paola Hall Of Fame A Family Affair from The Miami County Republic

Brian and Josh Shay are in the hall of fame. Brian Shay was elected in 2000 as a member of the 1994-95 state championship team and as an individual.

Josh Shay entered the hall in 2009.

Brian and Josh Shay played football and wrestled for the Paola Panthers. Both were 1,000-yard rushers.

Brian Shay was a two-time state wrestling champion. Josh Shay was a three-time state placer in wrestling, placing second, third and fourth.

Brian Shay went on to play football at Emporia State University, ending his collegiate career as the all-time leading rusher in college football history. He went on to play in the XFL, NFL Europe and was on the Kansas City Chiefs scout team.

NFL Scouting Combine Preview: AFC West from ESPN

It's the biggest question of the combine. Will a quarterback impress the Chiefs enough to tempt them to use the No. 1 pick on him? Right now, the odds are against it. Top quarterback prospect Geno Smith of West Virginia plans to throw at the combine. If he excels, Smith could put himself in the conversation for the top pick. If not, the Chiefs will likely find their new quarterback on the veteran trade or free agency market.

What If Someone Drafted Clowney As Future? from

Do you think Kansas City would consider trading its pick, considering the absence of a franchise quarterback in this year's draft?

My guess is that's something they'd like to do. When a team is that high in the order, it usually has more than one need, although the Chiefs have a better roster than their position would indicate. They could be a quick-turnaround team. Should they trade back, however, they could acquire some picks ammunition that might allow them to trade for a quarterback without depleting their picks. The question is what player in this draft is worth coming up to No. 1 to pick?

NFL's Biggest Offseason Rumors from ESPN

Even Brian Daboll, who left Kansas City and joined the Patriots in the postseason, recognized that Mallett could have won the starting job with the Chiefs -- and with other NFL franchises.

Pre-NFL Scouting Combine Mock Draft from FOX Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

Andy Reid's the new Sheriff in town and he'll likely bring a new quarterback to Kansas City, too. I just don't see it being a rookie. As you'll hear a thousand times over the next few months, there's no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this 2013 draft class. Joeckel is one of the most promising offensive tackles I've seen enter the league in the past five years. Very athletic. Nimble. He was fantastic in Mike Sherman's scheme and even better in Kliff Klingsbury's at Texas A&M. This may not inspire the fan base, but it's a franchise cornerstone. There's talent in Kansas City. Now, there's an offensive guru as the head coach, too. They're a veteran QB away from being relevant.

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