Medical Evaluations Play Critical Role in Draft Process from The Mothership
"We work very closely with (Chiefs general manager) John Dorsey and his staff to look at the 300-plus players at the combine and then probably 300-plus that weren't at the combine," Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder explained.
"We accumulate medical histories, give physical exams and decide what doctors they should see and we rely on our physicians, both Dr. Barnthouse and Dr. Monaco, and then all the great physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital to help come up with what we consider a medical grade for all the draft-eligible players."
2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Offensive Tackles to Watch from The Mothership
LSU's La'el Collins
According to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, Collins is the top-ranked offensive tackle available.
Collins, a second-team All-American and team captain in 2014, won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, the award given to the SEC's top offensive lineman, last season.
In arguably the best college football conference in the country, Collins routinely went up against elite competition, including Florida linebacker Dante Fowler, who is widely considered a top-five pick in the draft this year.
Chiefs and McDonald's Host Play 60 "Be the Change" Celebration from The Mothership
In partnership with McDonald's, the Chiefs hosted a Play 60 "Be the Change" celebration that saw more than 240 local elementary school children excused from school on Friday to exercise with Ronald McDonald, KC Wolf and Chiefs Cheerleaders, among others.
But it wasn't just about running around and having a little bit of fun on a Friday; these students were recognized for their efforts in promoting the Play 60 initiative.
The Chiefs Play 60 team and McDonald's selected nine Kansas City area schools as winners of this "Be the Change" campaign, which is designed to encourage students to initiate healthy lifestyle changes in their school community.
2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Tight Ends to Watch from The Mothership
Whether it's Rob Gronkowski with the New England Patriots, Jimmy Graham now with the Seattle Seahawks or
Travis Kelcewith the Kansas City Chiefs, the combination of size and speed these guys possess makes for tough decisions on how defensive coordinators are supposed to plan their personnel packages to defend them.
So while the NFL is a matchup-driven league, all eyes focus on the next crop of tight ends available to join teams in the next few weeks.
Below is a quick look at five names of guys who are intriguing prospects in this NFL Draft:
2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Offensive Guards to Watch from The Mothership
Duke's Laken Tomlinson
The story of Laken Tomlinson began in Kingston, Jamaica, where he was born.
At the age of nine, Tomlinson migrated to the United States with his mother and the two found a new home in Chicago, Illinois. Only familiar with playing soccer and cricket as he grew older, Tomlinson was first introduced to football his freshman season in high school at Lane Tech.
By the end of his high school career, Tomlinson had offers from schools like Northwestern and Ohio State, but ultimately would choose Duke based on the school's academic excellence and the promise of early playing time.
Chiefs O-Line Hosts Wine Tasting Fundraiser from The Mothership
For the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line in particular, one of those activities involves synonymously participating with the First Downs for Down Syndrome charity.
"It's tradition," OL
Jeff Allensaid on Thursday. "It's been going on for a long time. It's been passed down from generation to generation of offensive linemen. I think it's been about 15 years.
"Guys like Will Shields, Brian Waters, guys that passed it down to Rodney Hudson. Ryan Lilja passed it down to John Asamoah and it's just been going on and on and it's something that we continue to do, something that we love to do."
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles told me during our recent conversation that he planned to play six more NFL seasons and retire when he is 35 years old.
That sounds optimistic for someone with as much wear and tear on him as Charles, who endured one injury after another last season and who plays a position where skills tend to decline at a relatively early age.
The Chiefs look to be strong candidates to begin the season at home and perhaps play two straight at Arrowhead to open. The NFL season begins the weekend of Sept. 13 and the Kansas City Royals are on the road not only that weekend, but the one after as well.
We'll conclude our series looking at what the Kansas City Chiefs can expect from each of their 10 draft picks with the seventh-round choice, this one being No. 234 overall. Here are the five players selected with the 234th pick in each of the past five drafts.
Draft Science 2015 Part 2 - Cutting the Cornerback Quandary from ProFootballSpot
Here we are with the second installment of the 2015 Draft Science series. It applies an analytical evaluation to the draft preparations for every team in the NFL. Though these are aspects every team in the NFL needs to complete a successfully player evaluation, I will relate it to the Kansas City Chiefs primarily...
...Going beyond last week's look at the offensive lineman, the concept of explosive acceleration will deepen a bit with the cornerbacks. I'll illustrate explosive traits at different levels, as well as short-area quickness for the cornerbacks. However unlike linemen, the cornerbacks also produce track-able results on the field. This analysis will take this production into account as well.
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Waters eager to prove he's NFL-ready from The Salina Journal
Making the necessary throws was again what Friday's workout was all about. Though the Kansas City Chiefs were the only ones scouting the workout in person, Waters' representatives plan on sending tapes to any interested teams.
"I think it went well," Waters said of the session. "It gives almost a progress report on video tape to show the teams.
"The important things is to get the video tape out because the teams know me already. I'm probably 80 or 85 percent, good enough to make all the throws in our script, and I even threw a deep go route."
The intrigue over Bell only grew at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he posted the second-best time in the 60-yard shuttle run among tight ends and ranked in the top six with a 40 time of 4.80 seconds and a vertical jump of 33 inches. He also has bloodlines on his side: His father (Mark) and uncle (Mike) combined to play 18 NFL seasons at defensive end for three different teams.
Uncle Mike was the second overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1979 draft and twice was a Pro Bowl alternate. Father Mark - his twin brother - was a fourth-round pick the same year by the Seattle Seahawks. Mark played some tight end.
"It helps a lot, just with my dad and uncle telling me different things to work on and taking me through their process when they were going through this," Bell said. "This has been a dream of mine since I was very little. Obviously it was to play Division I football and the next step was the NFL, so I'm getting the opportunity of a lifetime."
Dogra was purportedly dropped by Watt on April 14. The firing comes at a tough time for Dogra, who was dismissed by Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams in the past month and also lost Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin late last year. Maclin signed a five year, $55 million contract with the Chiefs in March 2015. Dogra will not see a commission from that contract.
Texans showing heavy interest in Isaiah Johnson from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Houston is among several teams who have shown interest in Johnson since his impressive pro-day performance in March. The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots are among other teams who have been in touch with Johnson or his Atlanta-based agent Lance Courtney.
Kansas City Chiefs: Three-time Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson" culang="en">Derrick Johnson is 32 and coming off an Achilles tear, so the Chiefs could need two inside linebackers to bolster their 3-4 defense.
Sources: TCU linebacker Paul Dawson visited 49ers, Buccaneers, Chiefs, worked out for Falcons, Buccaneers from National Football Post
Dawson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.77 seconds at his Pro Day workout, improving upon a 4.93 at the NFL scouting combine.
Dawson had a 30-inch vertical leap, and a 9-4 broad jump. He improved his vertical leap by two inches from the combine.
"We are able to play in the big leagues out there," says Brazilian from Yahoo! Esportes Brazil [translated from the original Portuguese]
According to Pivatto, will not take long for Brazilians begin to dispute the big leagues in the United States. Currently, only Cairo Santos (kicker Kansas City Chiefs) operates in the NFL.
"In the theoretical part, tactics, I did not learn much. I'm sure we have several players with great potential, including to play in the big leagues there. Dedication Need yes, but did not see many differences between what we know and the we learned there, "said the athlete in an interview with Gazeta Esportiva.Net.