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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/9

Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Five Things to Know About Veteran Linebacker Tamba Hali from The Mothership

The first sack of Tamba Hali's career came against then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

The first year of Hali's career was in 2007 and his first sack of it came in the third game, a 41-0 home victory over the 49ers. At the time, Alex Smith was the quarterback of San Francisco.

"We just came out here and played all-out and played with our heart," Hali, then a rookie, said in the Associated Press article recapping the game. "We're going to let teams know that we have a good defense."

How Many Chiefs Draft Selections went on to become Pro Bowlers? from The Mothership

43 Pro Bowlers (including three AFL all-stars) have been drafted by the Chiefs since 1967, the year the common draft between the AFL and NFL began.

The Chiefs have drafted 12 Pro Bowlers who are still active in the league today.

2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Inside Linebackers to Watch from The Mothership

As we get closer to the draft, we'll take a look at a few players available in each positional group throughout this series.

We'll start with the inside linebackers.

UCLA's Eric Kendricks

After racking up 10-plus tackles in 11 games in 2014, UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks was given the most prestigious honor a collegiate linebacker can receive—the Butkus Award.

"When a player receives the Butkus Award he will know two things. First, he is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. Second, and in the long run most important, he will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back," - Dick Butkus. Video: One on One: Chris Ballard

ESPN Video: Chiefs should take best player available in NFL draft

Mock drafting the first round based on fit from Chiefs Digest

18. Kansas City Chiefs: ILB Eric Kendricks, UCLA

Kansas City struggled in run support giving up an average of 4.7 yards per carry in the final eight games. The loss of Derrick Johnson to a ruptured Achilles showed during this stretch and Kendricks would provide the Chiefs with a similar skillset at the position. The former Bruin is an aggressive run stuffer, diagnosis plays well and comfortable in both styles of coverage.

Here's what Chiefs can expect with 98th pick from ESPN

We'll continue our series looking at what the Chiefs can expect from each of their 10 draft picks with the second of their two third-round choices, this one being No. 98 overall. Here are the five players selected with the 98th pick in each of the past five drafts.

Chiefs need to draft better in later rounds from ESPN

But the Chiefs did get the dishonorable mention of being one of the next three worst drafting teams, joining Buffalo and Washington.

Katz didn't get into the specifics of why she ranked the Chiefs so low but one point she made in a generic sense is that what happens after the first round usually determines the success of the draft. That's where the great drafting teams do their best work.

AFC West Mock Draft Tracker from

ESPN's Todd McShay:  C Cameron Erving - Florida State

What he says: "Even after trading for guard Ben Grubbs, the Chiefs still need help on their offensive line. Erving has very good length and athleticism for the center position and could step right in to replace Rodney Hudson, who signed with the Raiders in free agency, but he also has the versatility to help out at multiple spots along the line if he's need to in 2015 or going forward, having also played left tackle in college. The addition of Jeremy Maclin in free agency makes wide receiver a less pressing need.."

Draft Science 2015 Part 1 - Offensive Line Metrics from ProFootballSpot

This isn't ‘Rocket Surgery' or the recent advances toward curing Cancer. It is, however a detailed, analytical approach to evaluating athletes capabilities in functional areas specific to professional football. It applies to the draft preparations for every team in the NFL, though I will relate it to the Kansas City Chiefs primarily.

If you read the Draft Science 2014 Series or follow my tweets, you know where I am going. You can see my background here, if you like. I have designed these metrics to reflect the prospects' athleticism. There are differences from other metrics that I won't go into. These metrics focus on functional capabilities. The point of the evaluation is to maintain focus on how athletic attributes relate to playing the game.

This year, I'll begin with the offensive linemen and look at two athletic evaluation indexes, or matrices.

Battles for Chiefs starting spots shaping up at wide receiver, offensive line from ESPN

This could change with the draft, when the Kansas City Chiefs add 10 rookies to their roster. At this point, the Chiefs don't look like they will have much in the way of competition for starting positions when training camp begins in July.

Let's look at a couple of areas on offense where competition looks likely. We'll examine the defense in a later post.

HK's Golf Tournament To Benefit Cardiac Cath Lab; Registration Open from

Lake Regional Health System has announced the 37th Annual HK's Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled June 5-7 at The Cove Golf Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs punter, will serve as honorary chair of the event...

...Players, sponsors and guests are invited to attend the Pairing Party and Silent/Live Auction, scheduled Saturday, June 6, in Campana Hall at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Attendees can meet Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors and other sports celebrities. Many items will be up for bid this year, including jewelry, golf packages, weekend getaways, sports memorabilia and more.

Kansas City Chiefs: Is Wes Welker Worth The Risk? from NFLSpinZone

He was a world beater in his prime but suspensions, injuries, and concussions have taken their toll on the slot receiver's career. Last season was the worst of Welker's career since becoming a starter as he only played in 9 games and had less than 300 yards receiving. That was quite a fall from grace for a player who once had over 1,500 yards in a single season. He was forced out of the starting lineup by the play of Emmanuel Sanders who had himself a 100 catch season. Some believe that Welker's career is over but there are still plenty of teams out there that could use a player of his particular skill set.

Fantasy mock draft analysis: Michael Fabiano from

Round 1, Pick 4: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs -- I will almost always take a running back in Round 1, especially when I have a pick in the top half of the round. Thus, taking Charles should come as a surprise to no one. He was the third-ranked runner on my board behind Le'Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy, so I was pleased to land him at No. 4. Charles should continue to thrive in 2015.

FHSU's wideout Ed Williams shines at Fort Hays State Pro Day from The Hays Post

Former Fort Hays State wide receiver Ed Williams had a solid showing at Pro Day, held on Wednesday at the Schmidt/Bickle Indoor Training Facility. A scout from the Kansas City Chiefs was on hand to record the results of several Tiger seniors with hopes of continuing their careers at the professional level.

Jets reportedly interested in Joe Mays from ProFootballTalk

If the Jets sign Mays, it will likely set up a competition for the reserve roles on the team once the regular season rolls around. Special teams ability should factor into the decisions about which players will join David Harris and Demario Davis on the final roster.

Kansas man sentenced in crash that killed former cheerleader from The Associated Press via The Emporia Gazette

A 33-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for killing a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader in a traffic crash while fleeing from police...

...Maney pleaded guilty to the charges in February stemming from an October 2013 incident that killed 30-year-old Tiffany Mogenson, a Blue Springs, Missouri, dance studio owner.

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