And The 23rd Pick Of The NFL Draft Has Been... from The Mothership
The 2014 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away and the Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to make their first draft choice with the 23rd-overall pick. As for who the team will select, that remains to be seen and so until then, we decided to take a look back at which players came off the board at #23, during the last two decades. The players, as well as their career stats (some players are obviously still playing), including postseason numbers, are listed.
Weston Dressler's Path To The Chiefs from The Mothership
When the Kansas City Chiefs arrive for OTAs in April, WR
Weston Dresslerwill be among the new players in the locker room at the team's University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex.
Each and every player on the Chiefs roster has his own story and path to KC and Dressler is no exception. The 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year, who played at Bismark High School, was also a three-time all-state and all-conference selection.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Weston Dressler Highlights
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Don't Be Surprised If Abdullah Is A Chiefs Starter Next Season from FS Kansas City
For a team that couldn't afford to splurge in free agency, re-signing Husain Abdullah became an easy call for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs, quite clearly, see a bright future for Abdullah.
"Love him. I love the soul, I love how he plays the game," general manager John Dorsey recently told The Kansas City Star. "He plays it with his eyes. I have a lot of respect for him."
Chiefs Sign DL Cory Grissom from Chiefs Spin
Listed at 6-foot-1, 316 pounds, Grissom, who played collegiately at South Florida, entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots.
However, Grissom's rookie season never got going, as the Patriots placed him on season-ending injured reserve after he suffered a high ankle sprain during the preseason.
Rosterology: A Full Week After Free Agency from Chiefs Spin
As of now, it's hard not to plug Linkenbach into the starting right guard position, with Johnson and Rokevious Watkins competing as well. The Chiefs have stressed Linkenbach's versatile, which suggests they would like to use him as Geoff Schwartz was used last year, filling in at multiple positions as needed for injuries.
The most glaring position left unfilled so far is the starting left tackle slot. The closer the Chiefs get to training camp without signing a reliable left tackle, the greater likelihood that Donald Stephenson takes the starting position over Eric Fisher, last year's No. 1 pick overall.
But if a team is going to be successful while building through the draft, it has to be wise in picking players. Usually, the teams that draft the best are the teams with the most choices. Drafting the right players is an art and not a science. Everybody gets some wrong and the more picks a team has, in general the better it will draft. The draft is a percentages game. The Chiefs' best draft in years was in 2008 in large part because they had two selections in the first round and six in the first three rounds.
That's a problem for the Chiefs this year.
On Wednesday, Jordan signed with the Washington Redskins. But that didn't clear the way for Nico Johnson to step into Kansas City's starting lineup. Last week, the Chiefs signed inside linebacker Joe Mays, giving Johnson a new veteran to battle for playing time as he enters his second NFL season.
Johnson suffered an ankle injury in the third preseason game last year, which set back his development. He saw his most extensive playing time in the Chiefs' final regular-season game, when Kansas City rested many of its starters in preparation for the postseason. Johnson started the game and made seven tackles.
AFC West Won't Be Won (Or Lost) In March from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs won't even begin offseason practice for another couple of months but many of their fans have the feeling they're already playing for second place in the AFC West...
...A considerable gap already existed between the Broncos and Chiefs when last season ended. It's difficult to see how that gap has done anything but expand since then.
When next season begins, the Chiefs might indeed be playing for a second straight wild-card berth. But it's hard to make that declaration now, with the starting line so far off.
Quarterback David Fales Shows Extra Zip For NFL Scouts from The San Jose Mercury News
There were 35 scouts from 25 NFL teams in attendance. The 49ers were represented by three scouts, plus quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who works out at San Jose State during the offseason, also was on hand and watched Fales' session.
Fales and Smith threw together a little bit last offseason and will work out together as Fales prepares for May's NFL Draft.
"I'm really looking forward to that," Fales said. "When you get to train with someone who's been around the league, it's awesome."
2014 NFL Free Agency: Devin Hester Seeking $4 Million Per Season from Sports Illustrated
For a man who is primarily a kick returner and unable to contribute on offense, a $4 million asking price is far too high. He will likely need to adjust his desires if he plans to find a new home - especially as a 31 year old.
Geoff Schwartz Shares His Firsthand View Of The NFL Free-Agency Process from Bleacher Report
Because I was still the property of the Chiefs, my agent could talk directly and openly with them while in Indy. He did so. After leaving town, he called me. We were not on the same page. Not close, actually. I got the feeling my time in K.C. was up. I was disappointed, but I started to mentally prepare to move for the third offseason to a new city. I called my landlord and told her I needed to ship home the remaining items at my place.