Jimmy Wilson Excited to Join "Confident" Chiefs Defense from The Mothership
Adam Teicher (ESPN): Tell me about what you see your role being here with the Chiefs.
WILSON: "I've got to go and talk with John Dorsey and Al Harris and Emmitt Thomas and all those guys, they just want guys that can go out there and play. Nowadays in the NFL, you've got to use quite a few DBs to get all the packages and stuff. Honestly, I just think the way I've been brought up and my career has gone, I'm willing to help the team any way I can, no matter where they want to put me or use me. I'm here to help. I appreciate being on the Kansas City Chiefs."
Teicher: I know you played with Sean Smith down in Miami, so did you talk to him or anyone else about what the Chiefs had going on here?
WILSON: "Yeah, I actually did. I talked to Sean, we've kept in contact ever since we'd been in Miami. We're real good friends and he only spoke highly of the organization and how it was there. Also, I played with Brandon Flowers last year at San Diego, and he just told me, you know, I'm in a great place and the way the defense is here and the way the whole team and organization treats you is going to be a good fit for me."
2016 NFL Draft Preview: Five Intriguing Defensive Linemen from The Mothership
In any case, general manager John Dorsey said back at the NFL Scouting Combine that this upcoming draft is loaded with talent along the defensive line. So whether that means there's going to be an early run on that talent in the first round, or just that you can grab quality depth later in the draft, the talent to make a difference in the trenches in this draft is there.
As we continue our series previewing five prospects at every position, let's talk about five intriguing defensive lineman available in this draft.
Behind the Lens: The Top 10 Photos of 2015 from The Mothership
"Behind the Lens" is an article series on Chiefs.com that highlighted the top 10 photos of 2015 over the last 10 weeks. The complete list is now available:
Chiefs photographer Steve Sanders, who has been with the team for more than 20 seasons, provides the commentary.
Kansas City Chiefs Hosted Local High School Students Tuesday from The Mothership
On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs, in partnership with Prep-KC, hosted 25 students from the Alta Vista Charter School for a firsthand tour and lesson on the work beyond the football field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Prep-KC is a local non-profit that aims to improve the education of Kansas City's urban students by providing resources to prepare all students for college and careers.
The handpicked 10th-grade students with interests in sports business rotated through the sport medicine, marketing and digital media departments within the Chiefs organization.
The research that really attracted Wilson was the Chiefs' recent history with veteran safeties. Husain Abdullah, Quintin Demps, Kurt Coleman and Tyvon Branch joined Kansas City on one-year contracts and revived careers that had stalled for one reason or another.
"The record is that they've signed guys to one-year deals and the guys go on to jumpstart their careers back," Wilson said. "I think it's the culture there that they they've developed. All of the guys compete. Just the young rookie, [Marcus] Peters, came in. I'm pretty sure he's a great player but if you get in the right system with the right team and teammates and your challenge can come to the front. I think that's one of the reasons he had a great year last year."
Safeties Stevie Brown, Jimmy Wilson bring versatility to Chiefs defense from Chiefs Digest
While their exact roles are still to be determined, each player offers a diverse skillset to the back end of coverage.
"In the past I've been more so a roamer, doing all the things that (Seattle Seahawks safety) Earl (Thomas) does," said Brown, who notched a career-high eight interceptions in 2012. "But every now and then I do come into the box.
"If I need to run through gaps, fit in the running game, I know how to do all that as well. It's just probably a little bit of versatility is what you'll see out of me, between breaking off the quarterback's eyes or coming down into the box and filling gaps as need be."
The recent signings of a couple of veteran backups didn't eliminate the possibility the Kansas City Chiefs would draft a safety in the first round of the upcoming draft. But it would seem unlikely, given that the Chiefs have added veterans Stevie Brown and Jimmy Wilson to a collection of safeties that includes starters Eric Berry and Ron Parker.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has the Chiefs selecting a safety, Ohio State's Vonn Bell, with their first-round choice in his latest mock. Bell seems to have good value where the Chiefs are selecting, which is 28th in the first round.
Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
Johnson protected himself by getting a $2 million skill guarantee in 2017, but if age catches up to him, he might not make it. Johnson turns 34 in November. His three-year, $21 million deal had a $5.25 million signing bonus.
Though Houston's early success in rehab doesn't necessarily mean he will suit up in 2016, it's still a positive sign for a Chiefs team that will likely need for him to return prior to the postseason.
With Houston still expected to miss a majority of the season, third-year linebacker Dee Ford was expected to fill his shoes as the team's starter opposite of Tamba Hali. Though Ford has the potential to develop into something special in an increased role, he still has yet to prove that he can consistently produce at the NFL level.
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Ford graded out as the 104th overall among the 110 eligible edge-defenders in 2015.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs don't need another developmental quarterback. They already have two in Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray. -- Adam Teicher
Over a dozen former Georgia Southern football players were looking to impress representatives and scouts from 15 different NFL teams Wednesday morning.
Georgia Southern hosting their annual Pro Day in Statesboro.
Former Utah State Football Players Perform Well at Pro Day from Utah State Aggies
Utah State had 20 former football players work out in front of 21 National Football League (NFL) Scouts Wednesday morning in its annual Pro Day.
In all, scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins were in attendance.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver, South Carolina (No. 45)
Actual pick: Poe Jeffery hasn't been as consistent as Hilton, but he's proven to have higher upside.
Gore ‘willing to do whatever it takes' to make an NFL roster from Orange and White
"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to earn a spot (on an NFL roster)," Gore said. "I'm not going to give up, I won't quit. I will literally go until I'm unable to stand. Until I physically can't move, I'm not going to stop."
There's no guarantee Gore will be drafted. He is currently ranked 286th overall by CBSSports.com among all prospects in the 2016 NFL draft, in which there are only 253 total picks. To this point, Gore has not had any official visits or private workouts with NFL teams, but he says he has received interest from the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mock draft: Florida safety Keanu Neal finds first round from Lindy's Sports
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
With Sean Smith signing with the Raiders, the Chiefs will be open to drafting a cornerback in the early rounds. Apple has the size, length and speed combination that the Chiefs covet at the position.
2010 Patriots, 2006 Packers among best big draft classes from Daily News
First, some caveats: The Chiefs' record got improbably worse in these players' collective rookie year, dropping from 4-12 in 2007 to 2-14. And Jamaal Charles is the only player still with the team, as Glenn Dorsey, Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr all eventually left for greener pastures. But all those players - along with Barry Richardson - contributed to Kansas City's 10-win 2010 campaign. Charles was a bit of a gamble, but he turned out to be a star with a 5.5 career average to date, the best back in a class that also included talent like Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Matt Forte and Ray Rice. To the extent that drafting Charles in the third round was a risk, it was blunted by the surplus of picks. No wonder Al Davis called him the steal of the draft. Dorsey might have been slightly overdrafted, but that's standard for defensive lineman. This Chiefs crop included some very good players that couldn't always make up for the franchise's quarterback troubles.