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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/27

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2015 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 3/27: Who are the Chiefs drafting? from The Mothership

Each week we'll bring you the picks in the latest mock drafts from analysts across the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the Chiefs holding the No. 18 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, many have already begun speculating on who they believe the Chiefs might be targeting with that pick.

Below are the analyst picks from 12 different mock drafts: Video: Arrowhead Update: Analysts Mock Chiefs 18th Pick

ESPN Video: Inside The Huddle: C.J. Spiller, Chief

Clark Hunt is optimistic the Chiefs can sign Justin Houston to a long-term deal from KC Star

"I've been very consistent in saying that we not only value Justin as a football player, that we not only value Justin as a person and leader, and we want him to be a Chief for life," Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said at NFL's annual meetings this week in Arizona.

"And the negotiating process in these type of situations, as (general manager) John (Dorsey) has said, takes some patience. You just have to have patience. It will work out."

Is Chiefs' offseason so far merely just average? from ESPN

For those with ESPN Insider access, Mike Sando offers an interesting look grading each NFL's teams free-agent manuevers. Sando sought the advice of some ESPN analysts, including former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian, in assessing the grades.

The Chiefs were given a C. Twenty-five teams were given a grade of C-plus or higher. Four others were given a grade of C, so just two teams received a lower grade than the Chiefs.

KC stadiums' food safety boss fired from ESPN

Aramark declined to answer specific questions about Costa's firing but issued a statement Thursday noting that "We respect our employees' privacy and consider personnel matters confidential. We maintain that privacy even if an individual chooses to discuss their situation publicly."

The company defended its food safety record: "In Kansas City, we have served over 17 million fans since 2007 at hundreds of games and events and have a strong record of performance. We have continued to work closely with the Kansas City Health Department who has inspected Truman Sports Complex more than 100 times over our operating tenure. None of our Kansas City sports operations have ever been shut down by the Health Department and there have been no cases of food-related illness tied to our operations."

Kansas City stadium worker fired four months after exposing food safety concerns from The Washington Post

The food safety manager in charge of Kansas City's Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums was fired last week, four months after he alerted city officials and media to several health violations going on at both venues, ESPN reports.

Jon Costa, a now-former employee of Aramark, the company that operates the food stands in the Royals and Chiefs stadiums, made several allegations in November, including that there was mold in several of the ice machines, a rampant roach problem and more.

What Chiefs' starting lineup looks like: defense from ESPN

This could change many times between now and the start of the regular season in September but here's a look at what the starting defensive lineup of the Kansas City Chiefs could look like, based on the players available today.

Defensive end: Mike DeVito. He missed all but the season opener last year after rupturing his Achilles tendon. The run defense suffered as a result. 2014 starter: Jaye Howard.

Nose tackle: Dontari Poe. He not only starts but rarely comes out of the game. That's uncommon for a player of his size (346 pounds). 2014 starter: Poe.

Revis: Patriots weren't in ballpark in contract talks from The Norwich Bulletin

Of course, what the Patriots thought was "competitive" realistically might have not been in Revis' ballpark. The All-Pro will earn $39 million in guaranteed money from the Jets.

Revis said he wasn't solely focused on returning to the Jets, but had conversations with several NFL teams. He listed the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens.

Here's how much cap room the Chiefs need for NFL draft from ESPN has a nice piece on exactly what it would take in terms of cap room for each NFL team to make its picks, including the Chiefs and their 10 choices.

The Chiefs will need about $2 million to conduct their draft, according to OTC. Their rookie pool is about $6.4 million. For the differences between the two, I urge you to read the OTC story.

Former MTSU players work out for scouts from The Tennessean

"We had a great turnout. We had (a) bunch of teams here," MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said. "For the most part, I think our guys did probably as good as they could do.

"That's all you can really ask."

Professional scouts from the Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders were on hand for the 90-minute workout, which took place in Floyd Stadium and MTSU's weight room.

UNT pro day tidbits, including some performances from Mean Green Sports

Nearly a dozen pro football scouts, including representatives from the Cowboys, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets came to UNT's pro day this morning to get a look at the Mean Green's top draft prospects.

Jeremy Maclin's gone, but says "I still believe in Chip" from ProFootballTalk

"I still believe in Chip," Maclin said. "I think Chip's going to do great things here. I have the utmost respect for him. Unfortunately, we couldn't get something worked out. But at the end of the day I'm very excited about playing for Kansas City and playing for Big Red [Andy Reid]."

Having a comfortable place to land was a help, because Kelly's showing there are few sacred cows in his herd, which will lead to many more Eagles becoming former Eagles.

Doctors talk safety of football during brain injury discussion in Overland Park from KSHB

Dr. Joe Waeckerle, sports medicine specialist and former Chiefs doctor for more than 20 years, said "There are certain parameters I would require for my boys to play football." Those include proper coaching, training, making sure the athlete is properly sized, being fit with the best equipment, and even then, there would be extreme caution....

...Dirk Vandever disagrees. He's the attorney who represents 25 former Kansas City Chiefs players currently suing the NFL for their related brain trauma. He also represents the family of Javon Belcher, the Chiefs player who took his own life and suffered from CTE.

Agent's Take: 20 lessons from huge free agent deals, seismic trades from CBS Sports

Here are 20 contract-related thoughts and observations since the unofficial opening of free agency on March 7.

1. Ndamukong Suh ripple effect

Suh's six-year, $114.375 million contract (containing $59.955 million fully guaranteed) with the Miami Dolphins should have a ripple effect on the market for the top defensive players. His contract could complicate negotiations for a new deal with Kansas City Chiefs franchise player Justin Houston. Joel Segal, the agent for the All-Pro linebacker, could raise the contract demands since Suh beat Watt's deal by a considerable margin. The new demand might be in the $18 million per year neighborhood with $55 million in guarantees. The Chiefs will likely be adamant about keeping Houston's contract average under quarterback Alex Smith's $17 million average. Typically, the starting quarterback is at the top of a team's salary hierarchy when he gets a lucrative contract.

Now That's Rural: KC Wolf from The Hays Post

The stunt went horribly wrong. The team mascot was to drop 20 feet on a bungee cord above the stadium, bounce back up to a zip line, and ride down to midfield. But something must have malfunctioned, and instead of the bungee cord bouncing down 20 feet, the mascot fell 75 feet and crashed into the stadium seats below. This excruciating incident marked an important point in the life of this costumed mascot, who is making a difference in the lives of others.

Dan Meers is the Kansas City Chiefs football team official mascot, the costumed character KC Wolf. A group of rabid Chiefs fans began calling themselves the Wolfpack during the 1980s. In response, the Chiefs created the KC Wolf mascot position in 1989.

Could former Baylor QB Bryce Petty be a first rounder? from The Dallas Morning News

Since leaving school, former Baylor quarter Bryce Petty has steadily improved his draft stock. He posted a solid performance at the NFL Combine, but really turned heads by dominating under center at his Pro Day.

The work may have paid off.

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said in a conference call there's a chance a team could trade up into the end of the first round to nab Petty. He listed potentially the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets as possibilities. If that doesn't happen, he still expects Petty to be a firm second round pick.

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