Canadian Elie Bouka looks to follow in footsteps of Chiefs guard from The Kansas City Star
Bouka, a defensive back for the University of Calgary, now hopes to do it professionally. A former receiver, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder played cornerback in college but is confident in his versatility at the next level. He admires the Chiefs' Eric Berry and Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu, because of their passion, and also looks up to Charles Woodson because of his versatility.
"Guys that can play and are passionate about the game," Bouka said.
Bouka also has another connection to the Chiefs â he shares an agent with fellow Canadian Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
"I spoke to Laurent, he's a great guy very smart, somebody a lot of guys should look up to," Bouka said.
Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, emerged as a starter last season, and Bouka hopes to follow in his NFL footsteps.
Free agency, the combine and the owners meetings are in the rearview mirror and the draft is just a few days away. But it's time to get back to football on the field. Here's a quick look at the Kansas City Chiefs as they open their offseason workout program Monday:
Biggest challenge facing head coach Andy Reid: If the defense -- which lost cornerback Sean Smith to free agency and might not have rehabbing linebacker Justin Houston -- takes an expected step back, the Chiefs need to find more offense. That might be difficult.
Rating the top safeties in the 2016 NFL Draft from The Kansas City Star
1. VONN BELL, Ohio State
Measurables: 5-11, 199, 22, 4.51
Bio: Two-year starter who recorded 65 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 13 games in 2015. Did not work out at the combine. Declared after his true junior season.
Consensus: Had a formal interview with the Chiefs at the NFL combine. Posted a solid 40-yard dash time at his pro day; runs well. Has good athleticism for the position, and can cover some ground in coverage. Can play man on certain receivers and tight ends and flashes comfort in zone coverage. Occasionally flashes ball skills. Could stand to give more consistent effort as a tackler, but steps up when necessary. Is not a striker; is a drag-down type. Often finds himself around the ball.
General manager John Dorsey makes the call in the Chiefs' draft room. The Chiefs have picked at so-called premium positions (left tackle, pass-rushing outside linebacker and cornerback) in their three drafts since Dorsey took charge in 2013, so he believes in fortifying at the most important spots. -- Adam Teicher
Denver Broncos schedule predictions: Optimism seems to be overflowing in Denver from Mile High Report
Broncos' toughest game in 2016
The consensus is split between the aforementioned Christmas Day game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium and the Super Bowl 50 rematch.
Tim Lynch: Kansas City on Christmas Day. Playing in Arrowhead in December has always been a dreadful event for the Denver Broncos, but doing it in primetime on Christmas? Ouch. I'll be rooting for a win, but I am marking this one as a loss right now.
Andy Reid finally gets new knee from ProFootballTalk
Since February, Reid had a plate in the knee as doctors ensured that the infection was gone. The team said, according to Paylor, that Reid is in good health and good spirits.
TOTAL NUMBER OF PRIME-TIME GAMES PER TEAM ON THE 2016 NFL SCHEDULE from Awful Announcing
Kansas City is the only reigning playoff team with fewer than four nationally-televised games, but the Chiefs don't possess a lot of sex appeal. The Rams are intriguing in Los Angeles, especially if they have a top pick at quarterback. And Oakland and Baltimore are solid teams with strong fanbases.
The Pain of J.J. Watt from MMQB
"Do we want to be the Chiefs, Texans or Jets?" That's a question that bounced around the Rams' hierarchy over the past three months, as they decided whether to break the bank to move up to No. 1. In other words, three franchises trying to go deep into the playoffs with strong defenses and questionable quarterback situations (though I'd argue Kansas City is better than that, but I'm not the one asking the question). The quest for the quarterback gained momentum as the off-season went on, got very serious at the Ole Miss Pro Day on March 28, and was consummated because it made too much sense for the needs of both teams.