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Chiefs President Mark Donovan Signs Long-Term Contract Extension from The Mothership

During Donovan's tenure in Kansas City, the Chiefs have invested heavily in enhancing the in-stadium experience for fans at Arrowhead. The team has emerged as a league leader in fan engagement with a focus on introducing technology-based solutions and celebrating the traditions and fan rituals that make Arrowhead special. Since Donovan's arrival the club has introduced a number of features including a stadium-wide Wi-Fi network, a Chiefs-specific mobile application and ticketless technology. Additionally, Donovan and his team have worked to bring a number of other events to Arrowhead Stadium such as concerts and college football games. This summer alone, the Chiefs will host three concerts (Rolling Stones, One Direction and Kenny Chesney) and an NCAA Div. I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) game (MU vs. BYU) in the fall. His leadership extends to the community both personally and professionally, where he is actively engaged in the Chiefs charitable giving and community involvement, helping the team to have a greater impact on the Kansas City community.

2015 NFL Draft: Positional Group Roundup from The Mothership

Over the past three weeks we've been taking a look at intriguing players available in each positional group of this draft. These aren't specifically the highest-ranked players, but just a few names to help familiarize yourselves with some guys whose names will be called at some point this weekend.

In case you missed any of those articles, we've linked to them below.

2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Cornerbacks to Watch from The Mothership

According to NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock, Michigan State's Trae Waynes is a top-10 prospect, but most mock drafts have him falling out of the top ten picks.

Waynes left Michigan State as a junior after starting the last two seasons, which included a string of 27 consecutive starts.

In his college career, Waynes compiled 101 tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

He finished 2014 with second-team All-American honors from Walter Camp, Sporting News and Athlon Sports and was honored as a 2014 first-team All-Big 10 member across the board. Photo Gallery: Chiefs Defensive Backs Visit TUKH Pediatric Unit

Chiefs president Mark Donovan signs contract extension from Chiefs Digest

"I'd like thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for giving me the opportunity to continue my career with one of the league's most iconic and proud franchises," Donovan said in a statement released by the team. "My family and I have been blessed to be surrounded by a talented staff, a strong team and a supportive community for more than six years, and we are looking forward to calling Chiefs Kingdom our home for many more."

Chiefs' final mock draft: Missouri OLB Shane Ray could be a steal from Chiefs Digest

1.18: OLB Shane Ray, Missouri

The 6-3, 245-pound Ray will likely see his stock drop after he was cited for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. The former Tiger doesn't necessarily fit a need for the organization, but offers the best player on the board, provided the Chiefs are comfortable with any character concerns. Ray provides versatility; he is capable of rushing the passer and defending the edge against the run. The Kansas City native has natural fluidity in his ability to change direction and is a very explosive pass rusher around the corner.

What would Chiefs do with first pick in the draft? from ESPN

For those with ESPN Insider access, Jeff Legwold has an interesting look at whateach NFL team might do if it had the No. 1 overall pick.

He supposes the Kansas City Chiefs would take USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams instead of his second choice for them, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher fully healthy, eyes upcoming season from Chiefs Digest

"I've been working since mid-January and just compared to where I was last year at this time," Fisher said during Tuesday's conference call with Chiefs beat writers, "it's a complete 180 and it just feels great to be healthy, strong and have the experience under my belt. I am stoked for this year; I cannot wait for that season to roll around."

The 6-foot-8 Fisher said he weighs 314 pounds and lost 20 to 30 pounds of body fat.

For comparison, he played his rookie season at 295 to 300 pounds and reported to 2014 training camp at 315 pounds. Fisher is comfortable where he currently weighs.

Chiefs OL Donald Stephenson focused on winning starting job from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs offensive tackle was projected as the starting right tackle at this time in 2014. Fast forward a year, and now Stephenson finds himself starting over on the opposite end.

"I'm coming in to compete for a job and my mindset is to win the job," Stephenson said during a Tuesday conference call with Chiefs beat writers. "(Chiefs general manager John) Dorsey wants competition and that brings out the best of us. I'm on board with it and you have to work for what you want."

Stephenson's road to the present wasn't easy after he served a four-game suspension to start the 2014 season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

John Dorsey's drafts with the Chiefs: running back from ESPN

In the days leading up to the draft, we'll look by position at the two Kansas City Chiefs drafts since John Dorsey became their general manager. It's a small sample size -- the Chiefs drafted eight players in 2013 and six last year -- but we can still learn from it.

We started this series with the offensive line and tight end. We'll continue here with running back.

John Dorsey's drafts with the Chiefs: tight end from ESPN

In the days leading up to the draft, we'll look by position at the two Kansas City Chiefs drafts since John Dorsey became their general manager. It's a small sample size -- the Chiefs drafted eight players in 2013 and six last year -- but we can still learn from it.

We started this series with the offensive line. We'll continue here with tight end.

Biggest draft-day steals in Kansas City Chiefs history from The Topeka Capital-Journal

While some players turn into exactly the type of professional the scouts predict them to be, many others take different paths. Some are picked high and never pan out, some are taken low and turn into superstars. While analysts would have us all believe there is some sort of science behind it all, the truth is that you can't measure the intangibles that make a football player great — hard work, determination and a competitive drive.

The following are some of the better surprises for the Kansas City Chiefs throughout the years — the ones who overshot the estimates made by scouts and became legends of the gridiron.

Chiefs could be movers with 10 picks in upcoming draft from The Associated Press via The Boston Herald

The most revealing thing Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said during a 20-minute media session in which he endeavored to say as little as possible was this: He thinks there are about 12 "impact players" in this year's draft.

Kansas City has the No. 18 pick in the first round.

So when you do the math, and consider the Chiefs have 10 selections thanks to an abundance of compensatory picks, there's a good chance Dorsey will pick up his phone Thursday night and try to make a deal — especially if it means ensuring he gets one of those prized players.

The NFL Draft: What's Your Team's Strategy? from The Wall Street Journal

Kansas City Chiefs: GM John Dorsey is determined to win the "first step" of the play, and thus puts plenty of stock in measurables and how a player can explode off the line of scrimmage. Few watch player workouts more closely. Obvious pick: Florida State C Cameron Erving

From Brady to Bulger, draft bargains since 2000 from The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee

Running backs

Jamaal Charles, third round, 2008, Kansas City Chiefs. Two-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowl pick.

NFL draft WR preview: Could 2015 class surpass historic 2014 crop? Maybe from USA Today

Kansas City Chiefs: Perhaps you'd heard not a single Chiefs wideout scored a TD in 2014? The arrival of Jeremy Maclin obviously helps, but he can't do it by himself.

Mock Draft 10.0: QBs go 1-2 in finale; what do Jaguars do at No. 3? from CBS Sports

18. Kansas City Chiefs -- Iowa OL Brandon Scherff: He was a left tackle in college, but I think he could play right tackle at the next level. He would offer versatility for a team that needs help up front.