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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/26

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs GM John Dorsey: S Eric Berry is in good spirits from The Mothership

"Well, anybody who knows Eric Berry knows that if there's a challenge presented to him, he will attack it with a vengeance," Dorsey told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "And he will do that. Everything that I have gotten back has been very positive. I have not spoken with him on the phone for probably six weeks, but I have texts. We communicated through texts. He's in good spirits, he's fine, he's driving, and he's going to conquer it."

Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt Addresses Variety of Rule Change Proposals from The Mothership

"We did discuss those playing rule proposals (Tuesday) morning related to instant replay," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "I won't say there's overwhelming support, but there's general support for fine tuning and perhaps increasing the number of plays that could be reviewable."

"I'm personally in favor of that."

He continued.

"The trick is figuring out a way to do it without slowing the game down. The league is going to go back and study those issues as they do every year. I'm not sure that many of those will get passed at this meeting, but certainly I think there's a growing feeling among ownership, the general managers and the coaches that we could expand instant replay."

Notebook: Interview with Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt from The Mothership

On what he's most excited about with the London game:

"I think it's a great opportunity for not only the Chiefs, but the city of Kansas City to showcase everything that's great about our wonderful city. I'm excited for our players, our coaches, the fans that will be attending the game in London. They have a chance to see the Chiefs play on the stage, but I think it's just a great opportunity all the way around for Kansas City."

On how he thinks Lamar (Hunt) would feel about the game in London:

"Well, I think he would be very excited about the Chiefs playing in London. For many years, he was on the International Committee of the NFL, which was charged with really growing the brand.

"The fact that we're playing in London this year is probably a byproduct a lot of his efforts in regards to the NFL Europe league and the fact that it created a base of fans in Europe and the United Kingdom who now really appreciate and love NFL football.

"Now, we're going to get a chance to go over and play in front of them."

2015 NFL Draft: Will Chiefs Break the Trend at No. 18? from The Mothership

Over the past 10 years, the teams selecting at No. 18 have believed that a defensive player was the best player available in eight of the 10 drafts.

Since 2005, the only offensive players to be drafted No. 18 overall have been Pittsburgh Steelers OL Maurkice Pouncey in 2010 and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in 2008.

With a historically heavy defensive presence at No. 18, will the Chiefs break that trend in 2015?

In the latest Mock Draft Roundup, the experts have the Chiefs taking an offensive player in 10 of the 12 mocks (Six - WR, Four - OL).

Five Things To Know About Offensive Lineman Paul Fanaika from The Mothership

Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles selected both Fanaika and Maclin in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Reid drafted Maclin with the 19th overall pick in the first round, and six rounds later, with pick number 213, he chose Fanaika.

Although Fanaika would never play in a regular season game for the Eagles, it's safe to say that there was something Reid liked about him coming out of Arizona State. Photo Gallery: Coach Reid's Hawaiian Shirts

ESPN Video: Sizing up the Chiefs' offensive line

Kansas LB Ben Heeney focuses on draft; TE Jimmay Mundine achieves goals from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs didn't interview Heeney at the Combine, but he was observed Tuesday talking to a Chiefs scout off to the side while players were running the 40-yard dash.

"He just told me they've seen everything they need to see about me," Heeney said. "My game tape speaks for itself and I'm a guy that's so close."

Heeney, a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2014, said the message he received from the Chiefs is the team is fully aware of what he would offer after watching him perform the past three years.

The Chiefs already know Heeney totaled 127 tackles, which ranked second in the Big 12, during his senior season. He finished his career at Kansas with 335 tackles (218 solo), adding 4 ½ sacks, five passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Andy Reid fills in some of the holes on Chiefs' offensive line from ESPN

Eric Kush, the Chiefs' sixth-round draft pick in 2013, has hardly played in his two NFL seasons. But Reid said Kush is the starting center, at least for the time being at least. The Chiefs lost last season's starter, Rodney Hudson, in free agency to the Oakland Raiders. "We drafted Kush and we said, ‘Well, maybe in a year or two this guy has an opportunity to be a starter if he continues to progress' and now he has that opportunity," Reid said. "Not that we weren't doing to try to sign Rodney back."

K-State's Lockett receives Jet special teams award from The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lockett now has his sights set on the NFL Draft. He was invited to the NFL Combine, worked out at K-State's Pro Day and has had workouts with the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots plus upcoming visits with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"It hasn't been bad at all," Lockett said of his training in California with his Athletes First agency. "It's been easier than winter conditioning here at Kansas State."

Fisher not alarmed by Rams' lack of linemen from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The owners' meetings concluded Wednesday, so let's re-set the table on the offensive line. At last check, free-agent center Stefen Wisniewski was still in the "possible" category in terms of a visit to St. Louis. The former Oakland Raider made visits to Tampa Bay and Seattle early in free agency but remains unsigned.

The Kansas City Chiefs have been linked to him as well, and according to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears also. The Tribune reported that Wisniewski is seeking $4 million a year.

Andy Reid looking for a bigger, better Travis Kelce from ESPN

Tight end Travis Kelce had a nice and perhaps unexpected debut season for the Kansas City Chiefs last year. He led the Chiefs in catches (67) and receiving yards (862) and for the most part was the one receiver the Chiefs could count on in an otherwise lethargic passing game.

That has coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs dreaming of better things from Kelce. They felt comfortable enough with him to release veteran tight end Anthony Fasano, thus making available more playing time for Kelce.

Reid called Kelce elite this week at the NFL meetings in Phoenix.

Breshad Perriman Lights up His Pro Day from With The First Pick

He reportedly ran in the 4.22-4.27 range which makes him the fastest receiver coming out in the draft this year. Many want to put an asterisk on it, referring to the combine being electronically timed and the pro being hand timed.

But the combine isn't truly electronically timed, they oddly start by hand and finish through the electronic device...

...So where do you put him now?

He surely had to have moved up from the 1-2 border with the time he just blazed today. The San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns are all there at No. 15-19. They can all use a deep threat too so I believe one of those teams will take a chance on him in the first round.

Kiper: Marcus Mariota a great fit for Andy Reid, Chiefs from ESPN

Mariota would make a lot of sense for Reid, even if the Chiefs are committed to Alex Smith as their quarterback. Kiper cites the success of Donovan McNabb as Reid's quarterback for many seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as a reason Mariota would flourish in Kansas City.

But it's not going to happen. As Kiper suggests, Mariota is going to be long gone by the time the Chiefs pick at No. 18 in the first round. The price for the Chiefs to move into the top few picks would be astronomical and, with Smith on board, there's no evidence the Chiefs are inclined to pay it.

Still, it's fun to think about.

Chiefs in Position to Draft Future Secondary from ProFootballSpot

Next offseason the team could be faced with moving on from Sean Smith who will be in line for a major payday if he plays at a similar level to 2014. Much like 2014 first round pick, a cornerback could be selected to be ready to step up to Smith's position if he leaves Kansas City.

To follow Dorsey's evaluation of cornerbacks there are several factors that seem to take precedence. Obviously, speed it an asset that cannot be neglected in a cornerback. Dorsey has shown a bias toward tall and long (arm length) cornerbacks over the years. Finally, John Dorsey has shown he places an emphasis on measurable on-field production of interceptions as well as pass break-ups. The table below reflects the cornerbacks that fit the Chiefs and their 2014 production. Stats via

Check out the 9 newest members of SWC Hall of Fame from The Austin American-Statesman

Cotton Davidson of Baylor University was one of the great quarterbacks to come out of Baylor University and was the first Bear quarterback ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft. He played for Baylor from 1949 to 1953. Davidson still ranks eighth on the all-time list with 17.7 yards per completion. He led the Bears in total yards on offense in both 1952 and 1953. In addition to playing quarterback, he was a placekicker and punter. Davidson was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and also played professionally for the American Football League's Dallas Texans (1960-1962), who later became the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders (1962-1968). As an original Dallas Texan, Davidson was the very first starting quarterback for the franchise.

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