The Chiefs Draft Order: Then And Now from The Mothership
Currently, the Chiefs have six picks:
1) First round - 23rd overall
2) Third round - 87th overall
3) Fourth round - 124th overall
4) Fifth round - 163rd overall
5) Sixth round - 193rd overall
6) Sixth round - 200th overall
The current format of the NFL Draft was established in 1967; fast forward to 2014 and the Chiefs find themselves with five of the six exact picks that they've had in previous drafts. Below is a look at which players were selected by the Chiefs with their past 23rd, 87th, 124th, 163rd and 193rd-overall picks of prior NFL Drafts.
Chiefs Right to Pass On DeSean Jackson from ESPN
The Chiefs would like to re-sign quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston before they can become free agents next year. Neither will come at a favorable price. Safety Eric Berry is among the players who could become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 and he too will be expensive.
Signing Jackson at top dollar would have cost them one of those players and perhaps more. But there's something else at work here. Adding Jackson would have smelled of panic. It would have been a sign the Chiefs were veering away from their plan, making it up on the fly. You can argue the merits of their plan, but Reid and general manager John Dorsey prefer to find their stars, the players they build the foundation around, through the draft and not as free agents.
Second Year In System Should Help Chiefs WRs from Chiefs Spin
The second half of 2013 could be a sign of good times ahead. Using himself as an example, Pinkston said the second year is vital to a player's development in Reid's system.
"It took me a year and a half to process the whole terminology of the West Coast offense," Pinkston said. "Once they get that down pat, going into their second season I think everything will improve from there because you want to learn a little bit each year."
Meanwhile, former Eagles scout John Middlekauff (2010-13) points to Reid's prior 14 seasons in Philadelphia as a contributing factor to integrate all receivers in the passing game.
Looking At The Two-Deep: Offense from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs may make another move or two before this year's NFL draft begins on May 8, but the bulk of their roster is set before they use their six picks. Here's a look at their two-deep depth chart on offense (We'll take a look at the defense and special teams in a later post):
PSU Pair To Get MIAA Honor from The Joplin Globe
Former Pittsburg State football coach and athletics director Chuck Broyles and former NFL player Kendall Gammon highlight a class of 10 to be inducted into the 2014 MIAA Hall of Fame.
FMHS Grad/NFL Veteran Vance Walker Has Happy Homecoming from The Fort Mill Times
Walker, who says he tries to get back to the area every few months, was in town as the official starter for a 5K to raise money for sports at Fort Mill Middle School, the same school Walker attended that started him on his path to becoming a defensive tackle in the NFL.
Walker was greeted with smiles and hugs at the event, held at Walter Elisa Park. Children ran up to the meet the Kansas City Chiefs player and in the process were dwarfed by his 305 pound, 6-foot, 2-inch frame.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Fairley, defensive lineman, Auburn (No. 13) Actual pick: Selection traded to Browns, who took Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor Fairley hasn't completely lived up to the hype, but he still has the potential to be one of the most disruptive one-technique defensive tackles in the NFL. The Chiefs use a 3-4, but they could make Fairley fit.
Alexander is confident of his cardio fitness. He has run a half-marathon and just completed a duathlon - a 5K run and 10K bike race. When he spoke to us on Thursday, he had a second duathlon planned for this past Sunday.
A bicycle is his preferred mode of transportation in the city. He keeps up his training when he is traveling, too, which he does quite often as a music consultant with Remulae Records, the label of NFL player Tamba Hali, defensive end with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Culture" is a buzzword in locker rooms and clubhouses across professional sports, and new coaches and managers work assiduously to establish the kind of culture they want. That effort takes all kinds of forms, some serious, some silly. One of the first things Herm Edwards did when he became the Kansas City Chiefs' head coach was to have the red arrowhead on the side of the team's practice center repainted, to rid it of the raggedy weather-beaten look that resulted from barely being touched up for 15 years. It was a signal that the Chiefs would be paying attention to details.
Montee Ball Leaps Into Top ten In Latest Mock Draft from NFL.com
2. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles is coming off the best season of his career, recording 70 receptions, 1,980 scrimmage yards, 19 total touchdowns and 308 fantasy points. Whether he can duplicate his top status among running backs remains to be seen, but at 27 he's in the prime of his career. Look for Charles to remain the focus of Andy Reid's offensive attack.