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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/14

Good morning! Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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25 Top Prospects and 12 NCAA Head Coaches to Attend NFL Draft from The Mothership

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 28. It continues on Friday, April 29, with Rounds 2-3 and will conclude on Saturday, April 30 with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which had been held in New York from 1965-2014, returned to Chicago last year for the first time since 1964. Chicago served as the location for the NFL Draft in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, 1962-64 and 2015.

The players confirmed to attend this year's NFL Draft:

Should the Chiefs trade Jamaal Charles for a third-round pick? from ESPN

Charles' trade value will never be higher. He will turn 30 in December and backs at that age, no matter how talented, carry little value in a trade in today's NFL. And there's no guarantee he will return as the same player he was before the ACL injury.

Then there's this: The Chiefs don't have a third-round pick this year. They lost it as part of the penalty for tampering last year with Maclin, at the time a prospective free agent. The loss of a third-round pick is no small matter. The Chiefs certainly aren't looking at it that way. Some of the players on their roster drafted in the third round: Kelce, wide receiver Chris Conley, linebacker Justin Houston and, yes, Charles.

So it's tempting.

Chiefs' offseason issue: Making De'Anthony Thomas more productive from ESPN

Thomas is a talented player. He's fast and opponents have to respect his speed whether he gets the ball or not. The Chiefs have been a better offensive team with him on the field regardless of where they go with the ball.

Still, in two seasons covering 22 games, Thomas has 40 catches for 296 yards and one receiving touchdown. He also scored twice on running plays. Thomas' longest gain on offense is 36 yards.

That's not much from a player drafted to supply big plays.

Dee Ford isn't 'scared to be great' for Kansas City Chiefs from AL.com

A few days after the Kansas City Chiefs announced all-star outside linebacker Justin Houston would be sidelined from six months to a year after having surgery to fix a knee injury, Dee Ford tweeted what seemed to be a response to the NFL team's predicament.

Kansas City, which starts its offseason workout schedule on Monday, got its first extended look at Ford on the field last year. Selected out of Auburn with the 23rdpick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Ford started the final five games of the 2015 regular season for Houston and did enough to remind the Chiefs why they valued him so highly.

Sponsorships Available for HK's Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament, June 3-5 from Lake Expo

Lake Regional Health System is pleased to announce the 38th Annual HK's Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled June 3-5 at The Cove Golf Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Brothers Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs punter, and Britton Colquitt, punter for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, will serve as honorary co-chairs.

The success of this event depends on the generosity of sponsors.

"HK's is one of the lake's most beloved traditions, and we are grateful for the sponsors whose generous support makes this event possible," said Terri Hall, Lake Regional director of Fund Development. "Our community is a healthier place because of their giving."

Huskers to enshrine seven in Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame from Omaha.com

Seven distinguished Huskers will be enshrined in the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, the university announced Wednesday. The group will be the second class inducted into the hall.

The seven members of the 2016 class are Heather Brink, Phil Cahoy, Janet (Kruse) Sellon, Nicola Martial, Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf, Johnny Rodgers and Will Shields.

The true needs every NFL team must address in the draft from The Washington Post

Kansas City Chiefs

Obvious Need: Wide Receiver

Understated Need: Cornerback

Remember how badly the Chiefs secondary got torched when Sean Smith missed the first three games? That's right back where Kansas City is at after Smith bolted for Oakland in free agency. The Chiefs defense employs their dime packages as much as anyone in the league and if Marcus Cooper is forced to be their starter it could get ugly again.

Top 16 games of the 2016 NFL season: Must-see matchups from NFL.com

12) Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Here is a divisional matchup early on our list, although it's here for good reason. League analysts and Raider fans alike are excited about what this team can do following a busy offseason and a 2015 campaign in which Oakland was viable week in and week out. The one AFC West team the Raiders couldn't get past last year was Kansas City, which also looks primed to seriously contend for the division crown. With the back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back West champion Broncos still embroiled in quarterback turmoil, the division is there for the taking in 2016. Can't wait to see what Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and the boys can accomplish. If they're going to pull it off, they can't get swept by Kansas City again.

The Mystery German Who Might Be the Start of Something Big from MMQB

Next up, the vertical jump. Thirty-nine inches. That would have placed fourth at the combine. By the time Boehringer ran the 40-yard-dash, hand-timed on grass at between 4.43 and 4.5 seconds, Chiefs GM John Dorsey was on the phone with Boehringer's agent, asking to set up a pre-draft visit in Kansas City. Teams only get 30 such visits with prospects who aren't from their local area, and eight teams have allotted one of these visits to this largely unknown 22-year-old.

"I tried to get everything out of my body that was possible," Boehringer said in well-practiced English. "I was pretty tired at the end, but I think I did pretty good."

High-impact Boldin not rushing free-agent decision; possible destinations? from CBS Sports

Chiefs: Kansas City could be poised to overtake Denver in the AFC West now that the Broncos have serious questions at quarterback, but the Chiefs still need to find another threat in the passing game. And Boldin would be an excellent complement to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. His stats would clearly take a downturn playing with Alex Smith, but the Chiefs should make a playoff run this year now that the division is wide open.

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame announces 2016 honoree list from WATE

The Hall of Fame previously announced former University of Tennessee football coach and athletic director Doug Dickey as an honoree. Dickey will receive the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award. Kansas City Chiefs Eric Berry and Grizzlies Marc Gasol and U.S. Naval Academy football player Keenan Reynolds will be honored.

2013 NFL Re-Draft: Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan Taken In First Round from NESN

1. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Clemson (No. 27) Actual pick: Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan It was difficult to choose a No. 1 overall pick out of this class, but Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, improving every season. Fisher has turned into a decent left tackle, but he hasn't been worthy of the top pick.