Five Things to Know About C Mitch Morse from The Mothership
Possibly the best quality in
Mitch Morseis his versatility.
In the matter of his four seasons at local Missouri, Morse played a variety of roles for the Tigers over the course of his career.
In 2011, he played in all 13 games, primarily on the placekicking protection unit. In 2012, he became a starter at center, but then moved out to right tackle as injuries struck the team. In 2013, he continued at right tackle, starting all 14 games at that position. Then, in 2014, with Justin Britt departed to the NFL, he switched to left tackle in 2014.
Over the course of four years, Morse played in a variety of roles, and he performed well in each of them.
Five Things to Know About WR Chris Conley from The Mothership
Chiefs traded up for Conley
The Kansas City Chiefs surrendered the No. 80 (3rd round) and No. 193 (6th round) overall picks to the Minnesota Vikings to move up and select Georgia Bulldog receiver
Chris Conleywith the No. 76 overall pick in the third round.
Conley finished the 2014 season with 36 receptions for 657 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 18.3 yards per catch, which ranked 26th in the nation.
Five Things to Know About DB Steven Nelson from The Mothership
NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Nelson is "highly competitive."
Here's what Lance Zierlein wrote on Nelson:
"Very physical and aggressive for the position. Focused and consistent when asked to jam at the line. Excels as downhill player. Displays closing burst and ball skills to consistently contest passes (24 passes defensed over last two seasons). Won't give an inch when big running backs are bearing down on him around the corner. Wraps up and finishes as tackler. Fights to disengage and attack bubble screens."
Read Zierlein's full evaluation here.
KCChiefs.com Video: Press Conference: John Dorsey on Rounds 2 and 3
Chiefs secure versatility with selection of OL Mitch Morse from Chiefs Digest
"He can play multiple positions," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "He's played center, guard, he can play all five positions. His versatility is phenomenal."
Still, it remains to be seen to where Morse projects with the Chiefs.
"They haven't talked to me about that yet," Morse said during a conference call with Chiefs media. "I'm just looking forward to being a great teammate, really finding a bond with these new teammates of mine, proving myself as a football player. Although I've been drafted, I haven't proven myself to the teammates and I know I have to step up."
My take: The Chiefs needed a center to at least compete with Eric Kush, the only veteran at the position on their roster. Morse will be a solid pick if he wins the job. Even if he doesn't, he has the versatility to back up at guard or tackle, where he played his last couple collegiate seasons.
Chiefs use third round to add WR Chris Conley, CB Steven Nelson from Chiefs Digest
"I thought as you sat and looked at what was going on," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said, "what was transpiring, it was probably best to react right now and go and get a receiver."
The Chiefs got a player with the speed to stretch the field and physical skills.
The 6-2, 213-pound Conley clocked a blazing 4.35 40-yard dash at NFL Scouting Combine, and the time tied for third-best time among wide receivers in Indianapolis.
My take: The Chiefs needed a deep threat and got one with Conley, who ran a 4.35 40 at the NFL combine. Conley wasn't a prolific receiver at Georgia, catching 117 passes in four seasons. But his average yards per catch of 18.2 last year and 16.6 for his career are impressive.
My take: Nelson, like first-round draft pick Marcus Peters, is a physical cornerback from the Pac-12. He'll get the opportunity to play in the Chiefs' sub defensive packages and if he does as a rookie, he'll be a solid pick late in the third round.
No Lockett? No prob! The Chiefs still might've 'won' Day 2 of the NFL Draft from FS Kansas City
They got better. You can parse the names and the hows and the whens and the particulars, but the bottom line doesn't change.
Interior of the offensive line? Addressed.
Secondary depth? Yep.
Big receiver? There ya go.
So why the long faces?
Because Chris Conley isn't Tyler Lockett?
Because Mitch Morse isn't B.J. Finney?
The Chiefs' remake of their offensive line continued in the second round of the NFL draft when they selected Missouri's Mitch Morse. His addition follows the acquisition of two veterans, guards Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika.
Dorsey indicated the Chiefs would initially look at Morse at center, where they have only the untested Eric Kush. But Morse could eventually wind up at guard or even tackle.
Chiefs use Day 2 of the draft to fill voids on both sides of the ball from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey loves dropping that old cliche about selecting the "best player available" when Kansas City is on the clock in the NFL draft.
If that's true, the best players available filled some glaring holes.
The Chiefs shored up their offensive line in the second round Friday night by picking Mitch Morse from nearby Missouri, then traded with the Minnesota Vikings to move up four spots in the third round and grab speedy, athletic wide receiver Chris Conley out of Georgia.
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Mitch Morse, G, Missouri
The Chiefs needed a center to at least compete with Eric Kush, the only veteran on their roster at the position. Morse will be a solid pick if he wins the job. Even if he doesn't, he has the versatility to back up at guard or tackle, where he played his last couple of collegiate seasons. Thumbs up. -- Adam Teicher
Warner Robins native Nelson selected by Kansas City Chiefs from The Macon Telegraph
Nelson, who played at Houston County and Northside in high school, was a second-team All-Pac 12 pick in 2014. He played at the College of the Sequoias for two years and picked Oregon State and initially committing to Georgia.
Former OSU cornerback Nelson to Chiefs in third round from The Statesman Journal
Nelson, a transfer from College of the Sequoias in 2013, played two seasons for the Beavers. He tied for the Pac-12 lead with six interceptions in 2013, and was a second-team all-Pac-12 selection last season.
Yeldon soon follows Tide teammate Collins in round two from The Chattanooga Times Free Press
In the third round, Georgia receiver Chris Conley went 76th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. Conley had an excellent combine performance in February, running the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds and posting the best vertical jump of all the participants at 45 inches.
"The production wasn't off the charts," ESPN analyst Mel Kiper said of Conley's four seasons in Athens, "but he's a great talent."
At Kansas City, Conley will be reunited with former Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray.
Kansas City Chiefs Will Regret Drafting Mitch Morse from Rant Sports
Whereas Strong could have come right in and provided the team with a legitimate play making threat, Morse will likely struggle for a while before settling in. I'm not totally sold on Morse as a prospect, and I honestly think the Chiefs may have wasted their second round pick on him. In the first couple rounds, teams should add players that will fill a need and contribute right away, and I don't think Morse does either of those things.
Kornacki: Softball Graduates Reflect on Special Day from M Go Blue
The softball players were among more than 150 on 31 varsity teams attending the one-hour-long ceremony and listened to keynote speaker Jason Avant, entering his 10th season in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs after a standout academic and athletic career at Michigan. Field hockey's Leslie Smith and diver Kevin Bain also addressed their fellow graduates, before Smith led them all in a hearty rendition of "The Victors."
Tony Gonzalez scores with $6.3-million home sale in Orange County from The Los Angeles Times
Tony Gonzalez is moving on from his home field in Orange County. The former Huntington Beach High School star and retired NFL tight end has sold his Santa Barbara-inspired estate in Huntington Beach for $6.3 million.
Agents for first-round picks give inside look at NFL draft from USA Today
Moments later comes the text from another Relativity agent, CJ Laboy, in Oakland: Peters is on the phone with the
Kansas City Chiefs, who take him at No. 18. Hendrickson dishes out high fives around the table until Dogra, staring at his phone, leaves him hanging.
"Ben," Hendrickson says, hand still in the air.
"Old news," Dogra deadpans.
Hendrickson shakes his head. "He doesn't even have 20 seconds of enjoyment, man."
Sicklerville Native Gordon Hill Hopes for a Shot in NFL from SNJ Today
He started at safety for Sacred Heart University. It's an FCS school, a division down from BCS football, the kind most fans watch on TV on Saturdays. But plenty of scouts, have been watching Hill.
"Initially on my first visit, I remember, it was a little surreal for me," said Hill. "I was just like, wow, I'm here. It was the Kansas City Chiefs and I'm like wow, that's Andy Reid. Being from this area, seeing him, it was pretty amazing. But now, as I kind of got into the flow of things, it was kind of just like, this is where I'm supposed to be."
St. Joseph football coach Paul Sacco has stayed positive about the possibility of a team taking a chance on Hill.