Four Players In The Running For The #1 Pick from The Mothership
During his pre-draft press conference, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was asked if the team has narrowed the options for the top pick.
"We're still at four," Dorsey said. "We're exploring the options at four. You still have to give yourself some options and kind of see how these four guys play and watch the games as they're played. You understand they're people, now let's watch them play their respective position."
Naturally, that has many Chiefs fans wondering who the four players may be.
Whether their choice is one of the favorites, offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, or another player, the pressure is on to select an eventual Pro Bowler or even a Hall of Famer instead of a bust.
Only the whole football-loving world is watching.
"It's magnified,'' general manager John Dorsey said. "It magnifies the whole process. It's the first pick in the draft. I look at it as a positive because what it is is you get a shot at the best player in the draft.''
A car will pull up in front of a Manhattan hotel before the sun is up here on Friday. The city that doesn't sleep will at least be groggy, but the big, strong, soon-to-be-very-rich college kid selected with the first pick in Thursday's NFL Draft will hop in this car.
He will be tired, but happy, because there will be a flight to catch for Kansas City. The ticket is already booked. First class. The young man will need to meet his new team, and he'll do it in style. Right now, the ticket has a Chiefs staffer's name on it. At some point on Thursday, the Chiefs will pay a small change fee to put their new draft pick on that plane.
It's just that they don't know who it will be quite yet. Or, at least, nobody is saying which of two equally qualified left tackles will be in that car and on that plane.
Chiefs To Host NFL Draft Day Party from The Mothership
If you weren't able to get tickets, don't worry! You can still be a part of the action through the Chiefs Live show. We will be streaming the Chiefs Draft Day Party live on kcchiefs.com and will also have a chat room open so you can weigh in on the picks. The 810 Zone's in Leawood and Lee's Summit will also be hosting draft parties.
Let us know what you think of the selections and listen in as Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus and Sport Radio 810, WHB's Steven St. John emcee the event.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told the NFL Network that the biggest remaining obstacle was that the sides had yet to agree on terms of the trade. That would indicate that the Dolphins have reached an agreement on a long-term contract with Albert contingent on the teams agreeing to draft-pick compensation.
Draft Spotlight - Day 32: D.J. Fluker from The Mothership
In 2010, coach Saban didn't waste any time getting Fluker on the field, starting him at right tackle in the season opener. Despite an injured groin, costing him four starts and three games that year, SEC coaches saw enough of Fluker's play to put him on the Freshman All-SEC team.
He stayed healthy during his sophomore campaign, starting all 13 games at right tackle, while the team won its second BCS title in three years.
As a junior, Fluker started all 14 games at right tackle, totaling 36 during his collegiate career.
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs, At No. 1, Tackle Tough Decision In Draft from The Associated Press via The San Jose Mercury News
Playing on the offensive line is about as unglamorous as it gets in professional football.
Nobody pays much attention to the guys in the trenches until flags are flying. They spend Sunday afternoons getting punched, kicked and thrown to the turf -- their fingers smashed and their face masks twisted.
So perhaps it's no surprise that since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only twice has an offensive lineman been selected first overall in the draft -- Orlando Pace (St. Louis) in 1997 and Jake Long (Miami) in 2008.
The Kansas City Chiefs could make it three on Thursday night.
Source: Dolphins Pushing Harder To Trade For Chiefs OT Branden Albert from Yahoo! Sports
The Dolphins remain distantly hopeful that they can somehow get offensive tackle Lane Johnson of Oklahoma in the draft, but that hope seems to be fading. That's why the Dolphins, who have the No. 12 overall selection, picked up the pace on talks with Kansas City on Wednesday, a source said.
Chiefs Fielding Offers For Branden Albert, No. 1 Draft Pick from USA Today
On the eve of the NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs are negotiating with the Miami Dolphins to potentially trade franchise-tagged left tackle Branden Albert while also taking calls from teams inquiring about dealing for the No. 1 overall pick.
"I got a few calls this morning and this afternoon," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday evening.
Before Dorsey could even finish that sentence, his iPhone started to buzz.
"The surprise will be pretty cool, but the anticipation is kind of killing me," Fisher said after a NFL Play 60 Youth Football clinic in Manhattan on Wednesday morning. "As far as (the Chiefs) saying anything, no.
"It's different. Last year, I'm pretty sure Andrew Luck and RGIII knew where they were going like a week before. ... I'm going into this blind like everybody else.
"I want it more and more every day."
Although Dorsey did not say what the asking price is for Albert, who has signed his $9.8 million franchise tender, a second-round pick is believed to be at least part of the price. Dorsey made sure to state how good of a player Albert is, which indicated that additional picks could be part of the bounty.
Dorsey obviously hasn't received an offer to his liking. It's a long shot that he will get one that entices him to pull the trigger by Thursday evening.
NFL Mock Draft: From Luke Joeckel To Manti Te'o, We Forecast The First Round from The NY Daily News
Just one day remain before the NFL draft, and there's still plenty of debate over who the Kansas City Chiefs will select with the first overall pick.
And that's all you need to know about what could be the most unpredictable NFL draft in years. The Chiefs are expected to take either Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher at No. 1, and after that, every pick is anyone's guess.
Ten Questions To Ponder As The 2013 NFL Draft Approaches from USA Today
1. Who will be the No. 1 overall pick?
Usually, we have our answer by now. Or at least a good feel for it. The consensus is the Kansas City Chiefs will select Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, though there's been some chatter Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, another tackle, could jump him. The Chiefs have also let it be known they're willing to move out of the top spot for the right price and, just to make sure all smokescreens had been fanned, advertised their workout with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith on their website.
Chiefs' Dorsey: Team Could Choose One Of Four Players At No. 1 from CBS Sports
Honestly, both of those Dorsey statements are a little hard to believe. He's trying to tell us that, with only a day to go, the Chiefs still don't know who they'll take among the four (!) players they've slotted that high? Plus, I'm not sure I buy that so many teams are hungering to get to the top of this draft class, especially if they can sit back and still get a quality guy in the middle of the round without having to give up multiple other picks.
Breaking Down Fantasy Running Backs Of All Stripes from NFL.com
What are your thoughts on Alex Smith? Will he be a fantasy starter or a backup? Also, would you draft Dwayne Bowe as a No. 2 or 3 fantasy wide receiver? - J. Goodwin (via Facebook)
M.F.: Smith had a nice offseason from a fantasy perspective. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he's the unquestioned starter for new coach Andy Reid. When you also consider how much Reid likes to throw the football, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Smith could be on the verge of his best statistical campaign. The Utah product also has one of the easiest schedules based on fantasy points among quarterbacks. With that being said, the depth at the position is so immense that Smith might not even be drafted in leagues with 10 or fewer teams.
Kovacs, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound former walk-on who became an all-Big Ten safety at Michigan, might not be a typical NFL draft candidate. But it's clear there's interest in the safety at the next level.
The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs flew him out for visits, and the New England Patriots worked him out back in Michigan.
Q&A With Eric Fisher from The Morning Sun
Q: What would it do to your value being taken No. 1?
Fisher: "My value? I'll always be the same person. I'm not changing for anything. It would obviously bring a lot of cool things into my life, but there is a lot of pressure with being the number one pick and a lot of expectations."
Dorsey saw something in Wilson. Many others have expressed similar sentiments in the months since Wilson exploded onto the NFL scene with the Seattle Seahawks. But for a variety of reasons -- whether it was because of Wilson's lack of ideal height or, in the Packers' case, a lack of need -- nearly every team in the league passed on him at least once. (The Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints didn't join the draft fray until later in Round 3.) It must be frightening, in a year like this, to think of potentially doing the same thing again with another quarterback prospect.
Take, for instance, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Hyde5: Will The Dolphins Overpay For A Tackle? from The Miami Sun Sentinel
Trade for Brandon Albert. He signed a one-year, $9.83 million contract with Kansas City, as obligated, after the Chiefs slapped him with a franchise tag. He wants a long-term deal that would cost in the $8 million-a-year range. And Kansas City wants a second-round pick for him (and I want a penthouse apartment in Barcelona). So you're paying big money and a good draft pick for a decent, but not dominant, left tackle. If you couple this with taking tight end Tyler Eifert, you can get a player that fills my requirements for a Top 15 pick as well (someone who: a) scores touchdowns, b) sacks the quarterback, or c) makes game-changing players on defense). Of course, another option is taking guard Chance Warmack with the 12th pick. The offensive line issues would be solved between Albert and Warmack. But, man, what a cost.
Staley is also good friends with quarterback Alex Smith, who was traded from the 49ers to the Chiefs in the offseason. Naturally, he suggested Smith put in a good word with the Chiefs' front office on the first overall pick.
"I've talked to Alex a little bit about him," Staley said. "But as players we like to think we have decision-making abilities, but we don't.
"I've given him some crap about the possibility of him having a couple of Chippewas protecting his blindside. He would be very lucky to have that."
"Even now, 50 years later, people will tell me they were at that game," laughs the former two-sport All-America at Montana State whose 59-yard field goal was the longest on record when he drilled it on November 6, 1965 at Bozeman's Gatton Field. "The strange thing is that people tell me, ‘Oh, I remember how that kick beat the Grizzlies (MSU won the game 24-7),' but it was actually in the first quarter and it made the score 3-0."
Stenerud will be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in conjunction with Allstate Insurance, in its Hometown Heroes series at Bobcat Stadium Thursday. The event begins at 11 am, and is free and open to the public.
NFL Draft 'Like A Dream' For Former Colorado State Stars from Coloradoan.com
Mike Bell was coming off surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament that kept him out of the Hula and Senior bowl college all-star games...
...So, Bell was stunned when he got a phone call the night before the draft from the Kansas City Chiefs, the team he grew up cheering for in his native Wichita, Kan., to inform him they were going to select him with the No. 2 overall pick.