Chiefs GM John Dorsey Leaves Door Open for Trading Players, Picks from The Mothership
Now, heading into this draft, Dorsey is looking for any way to improve the roster, even if that means taking calls about trading players currently on the team.
"I take a lot of different phone calls, and there's a lot of different scenarios that take place," he said.
When you look at the current roster of the Chiefs, two of their superstars - running back
Jamaal Charlesand linebacker Justin Houston -were both acquired with draft picks that came from trades.
THE FACES OF ARROWHEAD STADIUM from The Mothership
Approach Arrowhead Stadium from a distance, and the sight of a "Sea of Red" in the parking lot is as striking as the cloud of barbecue-laced smoke and the pleasant aroma that comes with it.
It's the standard of the fall. Thousands of fans besiege upon One Arrowhead Drive ready for what they view as a religion.
Nothing is better than Sundays from September to December. They are seamless; they are easy.
Here's a look at some of the people that make them that way:
Chiefs Backup QB Candidates Entering Impending Battle With Class, Friendship from The Mothership
The Chiefs quarterback room is one Murray describes with words such as "amazing" and "free-flowing" due to the fact that everyone in it is given a chance to speak and weigh in. From former quarterbacks coach and now co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to Smith and on down, each player can unreservedly speak and ask questions.
On top of that, he explained that the players are not only teammates, but also friends.
Over the past two and a half weeks, Murray has been between living arrangements, and his relationship with Bray is so good that he has lived with him during the transition.
"He's about to move in to his new place, so he's staying with me for a little bit," Bray said, "him and his puppy. It's great. We played against each other in college. We knew each other from there. Now getting to take that next step and hang out? It's great."
Breaking Down the Chiefs Current Roster: How Did it Come Together? from The Mothership
As we all get set for the start of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday night, let's take a look at how the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs roster has come together up until this point.
Chiefs Kids Club Causes a "Frenzy" at Arrowhead Stadium from The Mothership
Taking over The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex, members of the Kids Club enjoyed autographs sessions, Chiefs locker room tours, a Play60 area, obstacle courses, face painting, tailgate games, and even appearances from K.C. Wolf and Chiefs cheerleaders.
Kids Club members and families ran routes with
Justin March, took photos with Kashif Mooreand practiced football drills with Chris Conley.
Chiefs.com Photo Gallery: Kids Club Football Frenzy
Chiefs sign former Bills, Bucs receiver Mike Williams from The Kansas City Star
Williams did not play in 2015, as he was suspended for the first six weeks of the season due to an undisclosed issue.
Williams will have an opportunity to compete with No. 2 receiver Albert Wilson, 2015 third-round pick Chris Conley, recent free-agent signee Rod Streater and others for playing time.
Chiefs sign WR Mike Williams to one-year deal from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs on Monday announced the signing of veteran wide receiver Mike Williams.
While the Chiefs did not disclose terms, Williams signed a one-year deal, a source confirmed Monday evening with The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com.
The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to salvage another once-productive wide receiver.
The team announced Monday it had agreed to contract terms with Mike Williams, who was out of football in 2015 but had some prolific seasons early in his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Former Raytown South star Marquise Cushon hopes to follow in John Brown's footsteps from The Kansas City Star
Cushon, who was invited to the Chiefs' local pro day in early April, said the experience went well.
"I got to meet the staff, and the GM (John Dorsey) was very excited to have us there - guys that grew up in community, living out their dream," Cushon said. "It was a fun experience."
Cushon said he's talked to some teams over the last few months, including the Jets, Steelers, Cowboys and Washington. He's not sure where the next step of his journey will take him, but he's optimistic he'll at least get a shot to show his ability in some team's rookie minicamp held the week after the draft.
The Chiefs are better off for it if Dorsey sticks to that philosophy this year and every year. Reaching for a player at a position of need can send a team to ruin. That's happened with the Chiefs in the first round in recent years with defensive end Tyson Jackson and wide receiver Jon Baldwin.
Every team talks about selecting the best available player when their turn to choose comes. Some teams actually follow that strategy.
Rating the top receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft from The Kansas City Star
1. LAQUON TREADWELL, Mississippi
Measurables: 6-2, 221, 21, 4.63
Bio: Three-year starter who caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Declared after junior season.
Consensus: Is young for a prospect. Bounced back after a broken leg suffered during his sophomore season. Has a big body, great length (33 3/8 -inch arms) and natural hands. Timed speed isn't great; didn't run at the combine, but his play speed is better than his timed speed. Is not an elite athlete but has a natural feel for the position. Has a great feel for getting open. Can win contested balls. Has a knack for going up and getting it and is courageous working over the middle. Is strong and physically tough to press at the line of scrimmage. Willing, competitive blocker who flashes some nastiness and gives great effort. Shows some burst off the line of scrimmage; solid route runner.
Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Kansas City Chiefs from HookEm.com
Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, we're taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.
Kansas City Chiefs (1960-present)
Best pick: Derrick Johnson, linebacker, 2005
Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2015 at the age of 33. He was also a first team All-Pro in 2011.
He has 820 career tackles and 26. 5 sacks.
Kansas City has the 28th pick of the NFL Draft's first round.
Here are some options for the Chiefs.
According to NFL.com, the biggest needs are outside linebacker, quarterback and safety.
* Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson - The Chiefs could be drafting Tamba Hali's future replacement, from NFL.com
* T.J. Green, DB, Clemson - The safety from Sylacauga is an electric hard-hitter who should be free here.
* Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State - He may not be the sexiest pick, but Cook was a very good college quarterback with good measurables.
Each room includes age appropriate books and a comfortable space to read.
The unveiling was extra special because one of Derrick Johnson's sons attends New Chelsea Elementary.
The critical NFL draft needs all 32 teams must address from The Washington Post
Kansas City Chiefs
GM: John Dorsey (4th year)
Head Coach: Andy Reid (4th year)
Key Acquisitions: OT Mitchell Schwartz
Positions of need: CB, OLB, WR, G
The Chiefs are as physically gifted as any team in the AFC, but need some healthy stars to return soon - Justin Houston and Jamaal Charles. However, there are holes to address in this draft. The offensive line needs some help at guard, the defense lost Sean Smith at corner and OLB Tamba Hali doesn't have a ton of gas still left in the tank.
Eighth-grade DB Mi'Quan Grace already holds two D-1 football offers from USA Today High School Sports
"In this area a lot of schools are competing with the major schools and sometimes, if you don't jump early you never get a chance to jump," said George Brown, the CEO and President of IMEC National Recruiting Magazine. "Once they see that (Grace) has a little talent on him, that he can move well, he has great hips and he has a whole future ahead of him - schools will offer early, so they can get a head start on recruiting. ... It's about building relationships and I think these schools want to build a good relationship with him real early."
Along with his magazine, Brown runs the IMEC Training Complex in Lockland. He has been working with Grace since the prospect was in grade school. A veteran of recruiting, Brown has helped hundreds of local kids - in various sports - reach the DI level. Brown's youngest son, George Brown Jr., currently plays offensive line at LSU and his nephew, Spencer Ware, currently for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs bring Mike Williams back to NFL from ProFootballTalk
Williams last played with Buffalo during the 2014 season when he caught eight passes in nine games. That followed a six-game campaign with the Bucs in 2013 as injuries and off-field issues slowed down the production that led to 193 catches in his first three years with Tampa Bay.
NFL draft 2016: How many Wisconsin Badgers will get drafted, and where will they go? from Bucky's 5th Quarter
With the 249th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select: Tanner McEvoy, ATH, Wisconsin
In this instance, the Chiefs would likely be drafting McEvoy as a flex tight end. Kansas City often employs three tight ends, and the more athletes it can put on the field while still making the defense respect the running game, the better for Andy Reid. McEvoy is very green and all potential at this point, but after a year or two in the weight room and on a practice squad, he should develop into a nice swiss army knife on offense and special teams.
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"TeamSmile and Henry Schein have been partners from the start, reflecting a shared commitment to ensuring that children in need have access to quality oral health care," saidJason Krause, Director of Group Practice, Henry Schein Dental. "Our Company is proud to work with an organization that has found a unique way to inspire, heal, and put smiles on the faces of thousands of children."