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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey: Seven Things We Learned from The Mothership

Dorsey revealed the latest on linebacker Justin Houston.

"We've said all along that Justin's a great football player," he said. "He really is. I foresee him being here for the future. If you're going to asked me if I had conversations with his representatives, I have.

"We had conversations with his representatives the last three days."

2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Running Backs to Watch from The Mothership

Todd Gurley's 2014 campaign was an interesting one. He started the year with 773 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in only six games and then was suspended by the NCAA due to accepting money for autographs. When he was finally able to return, he tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season.

Even though Gurley attended the NFL Scouting Combine, he did not let teams examine his knee. Recently, however, he checked out fine in medical rechecks.

According to draft analyst Lance Zierlein, Gurley's NFL comparison is Marshawn Lynch.

2015 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 4/25: Who might the Chiefs take at No. 18? from The Mothership

Some of the best in the business are still split between offensive line, defensive line, receiver, linebacker or defensive back. This puts the Chiefs in a pretty good position and the makes the draft all that more exciting because people have no idea what the Chiefs are going to do.

While general manager John Dorsey has consistently said they'll take the best player available, until the draft begins on Thursday night and the Chiefs finally turn in that card, we'll still have to speculate on who that player might be this year.

Around the AFC West: Broncos GM John Elway Addresses the Media from The Mothership

Louis Vasquez needed to serve as an emergency right tackle during the last half of last season. But on Wednesday, he expressed to the media that he wants to play guard.

"My mentality is I'm a guard," Vasquez said. "I would love to stay inside the trenches. That's just how my mentality is. I'm a big, strong guy and I like to get physical and being on the outside, it's more finesse. The guys want to rush the passer and things of that nature and that's not my forte." Video: Press Conference 4/24: John Dorsey

Chiefs' John Dorsey holds pre-draft press conference from Chiefs Digest

"Of course, there's going to be 32 players getting selected in this draft," Dorsey said of the first round during Friday's press conference. "From the total number of impact players, I would say from impact players there's probably 10 to 12 impact players in this draft."

The Chiefs, of course, have ammunition to potentially move around the three-day event, up or down, when considering the 10 draft picks.

But even that presents obstacles, namely a trading partner, as Dorsey pointed out. The other consideration for the Chiefs is how a trade would affect the future.

Smart move by Chiefs to extend Dontari Poe's contract from ESPN

Poe's contract will now extend through the 2016 season. He will be paid a salary in 2016 of about $6.15 million. He is scheduled to make about $1.9 million this season.

Multitude of picks gives Chiefs considerable flexibility in draft from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The first few years John Dorsey was in charge of the Kansas City Chiefs, he was hampered by having traded picks away to acquire quarterback Alex Smith.

He has a full complement this year. And then some...

"...I don't think it changes your approach in how you go about your business on draft day," Dorsey said Friday. "I think the hard thing and most stressful thing is making sure you have the best player. I think you go about your business the same way as the first year."

McShay-Kiper draft yields interesting choices for Chiefs from ESPN

For those with ESPN Insider access, draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. did a three-round mock draft, alternating every pick. They gave the Kansas City Chiefs quite a haul, one that addresses some of their needs and gives them yet another developmental quarterback.

Let's take a look.

Derrick Johnson's return a welcome site for Chiefs from ESPN

If Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson had been inclined to consider retirement, last season's forced break from football provided him with the perfect opportunity.

Johnson's 2014 season ended in the opener because of a ruptured Achilles tendon. So he had plenty of time to contemplate his life after football and he did that, to a degree.

That glimpse brought him back to football and the Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs exercise Dontari Poe's 2016 option from

The move comes as no surprise. Poe has been everything the Chiefs could have hoped for after they rejected a pair of opportunities to trade out of the No. 11 spot in the 2012 draft.

A freakish talent at 6-foot-4 and nearly 350 pounds, Poe boasts a rare combination of power and athleticism.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS NEWS: POE & HOUSTON from Warpaint Illustrated

In the interim, I'm sure the Chiefs, before they consider making a long-term financial commitment to Poe, would like to see him improve the next two seasons by playing at the same level for all 16 games. In each of the last two years, with an increased workload, he's generally been less effective the second half of the season.

If he can show that 16-game consistency General Manager, John Dorsey, will find the dollars to get the games top Nose Tackle under contract for a second term in Kansas City.

Several NFL Teams Wasting Little Time Putting Tickets On Sale After Schedule Release from

The Kansas City Chiefs made the playoffs two seasons ago, but missed out after finishing 9-7 in 2014. Arrowhead Stadium is often compared to Seattle's CenturyLink Field in terms of loudness creating a home field advantage. However, prices on the secondary market are well below those in Seattle. The get-in price for Chiefs tickets on TiqIQ is $30 or less for four of Kansas City's seven home games this season. The least expensive Chiefs tickets on the primary market are listed at $30. Kansas City will forfeit a home game this season for a hosting role as one of the NFL's International Series games at Wembley Stadium. They will take on the Detroit Lions Week 8 in London.

Finding Playmakers at ILB - Draft Science 2015 part 3 from ProFootballSpot

In Part three of this year's Draft Science, I am diving into the Inside Linebackers. Most analysts will dwell on the edge linebackers, but you need playmakers in the middle too. As the NFL drifts more toward being a "passing league", two things happen. First, Inside linebackers become more valuable if they can stay on the field on passing downs. Secondly, change of direction becomes essential in being able to play coverage on those downs.

I have covered the design of these metrics in the Offensive line and Cornerback stories, so I will move on to the linebackers directly. As usual, 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.

Chiefs among four NFL teams at Cedric Reed's private workout from

Texas defensive end Cedric Reed, who wasn't able to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine or at the Longhorns' pro day because of a torn meniscus, held a private workout for four NFL teams Thursday.

NFL Draft: Sorting through latest receiving class riches from The San Jose Mercury-News

"We're seeing more receivers at this level that are much more polished," San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco said at the scouting combine. "Most of these kids, starting in high school, have 7-on-7 camps in the summer time.

"And in college, these receivers have been running routes -- and a lot of routes -- for a long time. It's a repetition game. So maybe we're starting to see some of that at this level."

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that it's not just a matter of more routes. He said college receivers getting experience in more complex systems, which eases the learning curve when they reach the NFL.

"I think the college game has really helped because they're throwing the football more and these guys are having more opportunity to run the routes that we run," Reid said. "They go against these different coverages that are a bit more sophisticated and they have to make adjustments."

NFL teams intrigued, but wary of former Missouri receiver DGB from The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Green-Beckham had charges dismissed in one of the marijuana cases and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of trespassing in the other. Police closed the case that got Green-Beckham kicked out of Missouri, citing reluctant witnesses.

So how much does that scare scouts?

"Physically, we think he has all the gifts in the world," Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "We've all admired his physical traits, all of us who have been in the state of Missouri and the Kansas City area who have seen him from afar. I think now what people want to do is get a feel for him as a person, see where he is."

Which NFL teams got unfair schedules? University at Buffalo engineers know from Yahoo! Sports Canada

The Redskins have three games against teams coming off bye weeks and two games against teams coming off a Thursday game. That's a very high number; it's almost one-third of Washington's schedule.

Other teams shouldn't be too happy either. The Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks each have four games against opponents with extra rest. The New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills (who have frequently gotten imbalanced schedules the past few years), San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs are next at three each.

Hometown Champions recognized at dinner from The Cookeville Herald Citizen

The ball in the bucket was the game ball his teammate Eric Berry received after his Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Seattle Seahawks.

"I remember two phone calls from Eric," ["Inky"] Johnson said. "The first was after he had a big hit against an Oakland running back. The second one was when he got knocked down. They found a tumor in his shoulder the size of a softball. It was lymphoma.

"Eric told me that he asked the doctors, ‘Can I still play Sunday?"

He passed the game ball down the middle aisle of the room and asked each person the first word that came to their mind.




Best (Fantasy) Draft Picks from

Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Gonzalez, TE, California (1997)

You could argue Larry Johnson deserves to be in this space, and Priest Holmes was one of the great fantasy runners of his era too. However, Gonzalez was simply too good for too long to be ignored. He helped revolutionize the tight end position, and is the Chiefs' all-time leading receiver. Only one other tight end (Ozzie Newsome) can claim that for a team. He's a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.