Before there was Megatron, before there was T.O., there was Otis.
No. 89 ran a sub-4.5 40-yard dash, high-stepping with the gait of an angry antelope. Otis Taylor had bedsprings for soles, a pair of ice cream scoops for hands, a dancer's grace and a 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame of pure macho. Tackling Otis was like trying to wrap up on a Lincoln Continental after the Continental had a running start.
"If Otis Taylor were playing today," chuckles Lemar Parrish, the former NFL cornerback who tried to keep pace with the Lincoln, back in the day, "he definitely would have 100-some catches every year.
"There's no way you could stop him, because he's big, he's strong, he's fast. Great hands. Great moves. Otis possessed all the qualities of the greatest wide receivers."
The Chiefs certainly need to do their homework on Green-Beckham. He is a prodigious talent, but a risky choice. Missouri kicked him off the team after two seasons following an arrest for marijuana possession and an incident where he allegedly forced his way into an apartment and pushed an 18-year-old student down some stairs while trying to see his girlfriend, a friend of the alleged victim.
Green-Beckham also hasn't played in more than a year.
ESPN's Todd McShay weighed in with another example this week when he gave former Missouri and Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the Chiefs with the 18th overall pick.
But it's not a sure thing the Chiefs would go with Green-Beckham or any other wide receiver who's available to them in the first round. General manager John Dorsey tends to stay true to the draft board, so the Chiefs won't force the need, even an obvious one, by drafting a player they don't think is worth the 18th pick.
I bring this up because of a comment McShay made in explaining his pick of Green-Beckham for the Chiefs. He suggested an offensive tackle, Miami's Ereck Flowers, for the Chiefs if they don't select a wide receiver in the first round.
NFL Scouting Combine invite list released from Chiefs Digest
A total of 323 players, including 71 underclassmen, are invited to attend the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The annual week-long draft prospect evaluation commences Tuesday, Feb. 17 and runs through Monday, Feb. 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Combine is one of the few offseason events where all 32 teams with general managers, coaches and scouts will be under one roof.
The Kansas City Chiefs will play a schedule that's tied for the sixth most difficult in the NFL in 2015, based on the records of their opponents from 2014. The Chiefs' 2015 opponents had a collective record of 139-116-1 in 2014 for a winning percentage of .545.
The opponents of the Oakland Raiders also had a record of 139-116-1. Among the other AFC West teams, Denver has the ninth most difficult schedule (.541) and San Diego the 16th most difficult (.518).
Top Three Free Agents the Chiefs Must Re-Sign | GM's Box from Pro Football Spot
The process of the Kansas City Chiefs' off-season evaluation is full swing. The front office in Kansas City has begun looking at this year's draft class and now has to turn to planning their goals for the pending free agency period.
In determining the priority of the free agents, John Dorsey has to look at both the impact to the team as well the opportunities to replace a player. Replacing a starter with a player of the same caliber is difficult at a number of positions, but not unheard of. In order improve the Chiefs' future level of competitiveness; decisions need to be made based on upgrading where possible and maintaining where necessary.
Bills to sign former Dolphins lineman Incognito from The Buffalo News
The NFL lifted Incognito's suspension in February 2014, but he did not play last year. The closest he got were workouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. All declined to sign him.
NFL great Willie Roaf lands in Orange County from The Los Angeles Times
Hall of Fame offensive tackle Willie Roaf has traded the Inland Empire for the O.C.
Roaf, who sold his home in Riverside in December, has purchased a five-bedroom home in the Misty Ridge area of San Clemente for $1.27 million.
Ann Mara remembered in moving service from Giants.com
It's no surprise her funeral attracted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson of Carolina, Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, Kansas City Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt, Virginia H. McCaskey for the family that owns the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy and general manager Mike Maccagnan of the Jets.
Buchanan county to provide $150,000 for Chiefs camp from The Griffon News
A term of the contract extension was for there to be improvements to Missouri Western's practice fields, the fields used by the Chiefs during training camp. The county will provide $150,000 from the economic development fund to help with those improvements.
Dan Hausman, the Eastern district commissioner, said it does wonders for St. Joseph to have the training camp at Missouri Western.
This weekend in Sports history from The Hamilton Spectator
1963 - AFL's Dallas Texans become the Kansas City Chiefs.