Between the Chiefs’ first-round history with general manager John Dorsey running the draft and their depth chart at receiver, it’s unlikely they would go with a wideout with their top pick. Dorsey has habitually picked at so-called premium positions in the first round (left tackle Eric Fisher in 2013, pass-rusher Dee Ford in 2014, cornerback Marcus Peters in 2015). The Chiefs didn’t pick in the first round last year.
Payton should already be familiar with Mahomes when considering the Saints held a formal interview with Mahomes at the NFL Scouting Combine. The private workout, however, likely allowed the Saints to put Mahomes through specific drills or throws.
The interest in Tiller makes sense for the Chiefs. They recently signed their starting right guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, to a five-year, $41.25 million extension, but the left guard spot remains a tad murky.
The Star’s Terez Paylor drops in during the middle of free agency to chat with Turron Davenport of Eagles Wire to get the low down on Chiefs receivers coach Greg Lewis and defensive tackle Bennie Logan, both of whom spent 2016 in Philadelphia. The two also chat about the Senior Bowl and prospects (Josh Dobbs?) that might be nice fits for the Chiefs in this year’s draft.
Bill Parcells had rules for drafting a quarterback that have had so-so success over the past few years that I’ve looked at it. These feel a little out-dated these days (Connor Cook made the list last year) but it’s still fun to apply his rules to quarterbacks in this year’s draft, which I did for Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes.
Also, is receiver a premium position? The Chiefs first round picks so far have been left tackle, pass rusher and cornerback. The Chiefs brass hasn’t drafted a first round running back before. I could see this being more likely if wide receiver was a huge need but I think running back is probably a bigger need at this point.
The quarterback position will be represented by Ricky Stanzi, a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2011 who spent several years in the league but never played in a regular-season game. Other names that you may remember include receiver Brandon Gibson, receiver Jalen Saunders, receiver David Nelson, cornerback Ellis Lankster, defensive tackle Sam Montgomery, defensive tackle Quanterus Smith, and running back Josh Robinson.
With Poe gone, the Chiefs won’t look back on that draft as one of their best. But it did produce an anchor for their defensive line for five seasons in Poe, plus two offensive linemen who wound up starting for the Chiefs before leaving as free agents last year.