Five Reasons to Get Excited for the 2015 NFL Draft from The Mothership
After months of speculation and wondering, with pick number 18, general manager John Dorsey and the personnel staff will select the newest Kansas City Chief on Thursday night.
That's reason enough to get excited.
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It's finally here. The 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT...
...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 later tonight and the Chiefs finally turn in that card, we'll still have to speculate on who that player might be this year.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey Hosts Third Annual Pre-draft Barbecue from The Mothership
"When we first got here, we said we would like to create a tradition," he said of the barbecue he now can say has been around for three years. "It gives us a chance to give back to the whole organization."
The barbecue was held at the Chiefs indoor training facility, the same site as Thursday night's draft party for season-ticket holders. Right on the practice field, Chiefs employees lined up to grab Jack Stack brisket, baked beans and even some dessert.
The event provided an opportunity to connect the business operations side of things with the football operations side—two groups of people that rarely get to spend time with each other.
Chiefs Defensive Backs Drop By KU Hospital to Spend Time with Children from The Mothership
Abdullah, a father himself, explained that visits like this always help to put things in perspective."It's a very humbling experience," he said. "Me having three children of my own and to be able to come see children who have a battle that they're going through."
He continued on, detailing a bit about Tuesday's experience.
"Just to be able to come and give them an escape a little bit, whether we're talking about football, the Lego movie, video games or a book about a guy chasing mummies, to be able to be in there and spend time with them, it's a blessing."
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2015 NFL Draft primer: TV schedule, Chiefs' draft slots from Chiefs Digest
The first round begins Thursday at 7 p.m. CT, the second and third rounds occur Friday, and the draft concludes with rounds four through seven starting Saturday morning.
Each team will have 10 minutes to make a selection or finalize a trade at their respective slot in the first round. Teams are allotted seven minutes in the second round, five minutes in the third through sixth rounds, and four minutes in the seventh round.
Compensatory picks will have a four-minute time limit.
Here is the schedule:
Ah, yes. That time of year again. Cloak, meet dagger.
The 2015 NFL Draft beckons, which means until we get to about 6:27 p.m. Kansas City time on Thursday, take everything you hear from "insiders" and "sources" with several -- and by several, we're talking packets -- grains of salt. It's Smokescreen Week, in which teams often take turns planting stories with loose-lipped sources in order to misdirect the media, fans and, most important, other clubs as to what they're actually doing. Or trying to manipulate some dope, or several dopes, into doing what they want them to do in order to get the player they really want.
It's sort of like chess, only it mostly involves lying to Mel Kiper.
As with many players at other positions taken in the fifth round, a quarterback is a risky choice this late in the draft. The differences are two. First, any quarterback considered a reasonable candidate to become an eventual starter will be drafted much earlier. A quarterback also has little chance to help out as anything but a starter, where a position player can be of value on special teams or as a part-timer on offense or defense.
So Murray should be held to a different standard than the average fifth-round pick. He doesn't have to become a productive starter for him to be a good pick. If he's eventually a competent backup for the Chiefs, he would make this a solid choice.
We started this series with the offensive line, tight end, running backs andquarterbackj. We'll continue here with the linebackers.
Players drafted: (3)
Nico Johnson, Alabama, fourth round in 2013
Mike Catapano, Princeton, seventh round in 2013
Dee Ford, Auburn, first round in 2014
The return here has been minimal.
Could boxing save Eric Fisher's career? from ESPN
The Chiefs have a lot invested in an improved Fisher. Their protection of quarterback Alex Smith was frequently shaky last season, and Fisher's inconsistent play was often a reason.
Fisher said he believes boxing could help make that happen.
"It's full-body movement, coordination,'' he said. "I couldn't believe when I started it, it kind of felt awkward, something I had never done before. But by the end it felt so smooth. My hand speed probably doubled. I really did enjoy it and am just trying to keep up with it back here also."
Winston tops Bilicki's final NFL mock draft from The Toronto Sun
18. Kansas City Chiefs
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Big receiver that is quite raw, but could become a good threat in tandem with Maclin.
18. Kansas City Chiefs -- Cameron Erving, OC, Florida State: With Rodney Hudson moving on to Oakland, the Chiefs go back to the Florida State well for offensive line talent and nab Erving, a versatile blocker who can play tackle or center.
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TYVON BRANCH, S, Oakland Raiders...
...NFL career: A fourth-round pick of the Raiders, 100th overall, in 2008. Was designated the team's franchise player in 2012 and signed a four-year, $26.6 million deal that was reworked for salary cap reasons. He missed much of 2013 with an injury, and has plyed in only five games the past two seasons. He has 475 tackles and four career interceptions and this year signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Purdue football players await NFL opportunity from The Indianapolis Star
The Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs put Mostert through cornerback drills. The Florida native played in the secondary during his high school career but was a running back and receiver with the Boilermakers.
"Those two teams thought I did really well," said Mostert, who rushed for 529 yards last season. "They liked the fact that my hips weren't stiff. They just wanted to see if I could adapt to a different position. I have an open mind to playing whatever position. It surprised me just a tad bit because I thought those two teams wanted me at running back. You never know."
Tyler Lockett prepared for next phase of football career from The Topeka Capital-Journal
"Tyler will surprise some people when he gets there," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "More often than not, everybody is looking at the return element and there's so much more there. Size is obviously, in some minds, an issue. The NFL is cookie-cutter ... they have this chart on the wall, and he doesn't match up to the chart in a physical nature, but he runs as fast as anybody they've got."
Most of the records he owns were previously held by his father, Kevin Lockett, who had a seven-year NFL career and was a second-round pick (No. 47 overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997. Tyler relied on his father's experience while going through the draft process at the NFL Combine and team interviews.
One last look at where Big Ten stars land in latest NFL mock drafts from Big Ten Network
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
No. 49: Kansas City Chiefs - Peter Schrager (Fox Sports) No. 64: New England Patriots - Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com)
The numbers here start with one, as in first overall draft pick. Quarterback Alex Smith became the first Utah tie to be taken first overall in the NFL draft when San Francisco selected him No. 1 in 2005.
Utah also has had five first-round picks in the past 20 years, including defensive end Luther Elliss (1995), Dyson (1998), offensive tackle Jordan Gross (2003), Smith and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (2013). Before that, the Utes had only had two first-round draft picks.
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Arik Armstead, defensive line, Oregon Armstead has the potential to be the next Richard Seymour, but that's all based on upside for now.
Just Kickin' It: Manton ready for long draft weekend from The Monroe News Star
Manton worked out for the Houston Texans earlier this spring and has been in contact with the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs. He doesn't care what team it is, he just wants an opportunity to compete for a job.
"I don't want to be a camp leg where you just kick to returners but never considered for a roster spot," Manton said. "Honestly just a general chance to make it would be great."
GSU's Jackson hopes to hear name called from The Savannah Morning News
At Georgia Southern's Pro Day in March, Jackson, along with other Eagle hopefuls worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons and the CFL's British Columbia Lions.
Jackson posted a leap of 10 feet from a standstill, displayed a vertical jump of 35 inches and lifted 225 pounds 30 times. He ran between 4.72 and 4.84 40-yard dashes despite the cold, damp terrain.
Paul Dehner Jr. Bengals Mock Draft 4.0 from Cincinnati.com
18. Kansas City - CB Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest). The Chiefs have a ton of flexibility, and the Bengals will be nervous waiting to hear whether K.C. grabs whomever sits in their crosshairs. Johnson wouldn't be that guy, but KC needs to look to the future at corner.
Greg Cote's Mock Draft: WR DeVante Parker to Dolphins! Well, I guess ... from The Miami Herald
18. Kansas City Chiefs — Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami: Finally, a Cane, as the big, blooming Flowers becomes UM's first first-round draft pick since 2008. Although KC also could opt for a wideout here to pair opposite newly acquired Jeremy Maclin.
When the New York Giants and San Francisco used the top two picks respectively on fullbacks -- another radical departure from today's NFL -- the door was opened for Chicago to nab Sayers, Butkus and No. 6 pick Steve DeLong. But this also meant the Bears would have to change their notoriously frugal ways...
...Chicago was able to lure Sayers from signing with the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, which believed it had the inside track because he played at the nearby University of Kansas. The Bears felt the same hometown vibe about Butkus because he was a Chicago native who played at the University of Illinois.
Kansas City Chiefs— Florida OT D.J. Humphries: Branden Albert" culang="en">Branden Albert is long gone, and 2013 No. 1 pick Eric Fisher doesn't look capable of replacing him at left tackle. Humphries could solve the left side and let Fisher flip back to the right.
Other considerations? Florida State C Cam Erving could get the call after
Rodney Hudsonjoined the Raiders. Newly signed Jeremy Maclin can't do it by himself at wideout, either. Corner is another sensible option.
18 Kansas City Chiefs - C/G/RT/? Cameron Erving: The Chiefs need a right tackle and lost a top center in free agency and have been seemingly waiting to address this in the draft. Why not select a Swiss Army knife lineman who could conceivably play all five positions? If Andy Reid doesn't take this kid here, the guy who replaced him in Philadelphia, Chip Kelly, certainly might a few picks later. Good be a huge value pick here and a kid who some teams really like as an interior lineman and others see as a starting tackle.
The Class of '90: Where Are They Now? from The New York Times
Percy Snow Linebacker
Sometimes, surefire players turn out to be star-crossed. That was the case with Percy Snow, who played in only three N.F.L. seasons, the fewest among the 1990 first-round draft picks.
A high school standout from Canton, Ohio, Snow starred for Michigan State, winning the Dick Butkus Award, given to the country's top linebacker. In his first N.F.L. season, he made the Chiefs glad they chose him: He started 14 games and was voted the team's top rookie.
But in the off-season, according to news reports, he broke his ankle in a scooter accident and was never the same. He spent the 1991 season recuperating, and when he returned, he failed to win back his starting spot. After run-ins with Coach Marty Schottenheimer, he was traded to the Bears in Chicago, where he broke protocol by publicly criticizing his old coach.
Snow, who did not reply to many requests for comment, returned to Ohio after he left the N.F.L. According to public records, he filed for bankruptcy in 1999, divorced and was part of an eviction proceeding in 2010.
His N.F.L. career might have fizzled, but Snow was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Snow's younger brother, Eric, starred in the N.B.A.
The Utica Comets with a little help from the Keeler Show on WIBX and the Utica Police Department will attempt to break a Guinness Book of World Records feat on Friday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Most of the work will have to come from the nearly 4000 fans on hand for the first AHL playoff games in more than 20 years, if they're going to break the record for the loudest crowd roar. The game is currently sold-out.