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5 Chiefs stories to know: QBs in the draft, Dontari Poe and LDT doing cool things

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Here are five Chiefs stories of note from the past week:

The Chiefs are likely to stick with Alex Smith for 2017, but Mike Mayock commented on a few lesser-named QBs in the draft that the Chiefs could select (Arrowhead Pride).

The Chiefs have four picks (27, 59, 91, 104) in the first three rounds of the draft this year. If KC doesn’t use their first or second-round pick to get a QB then they need to make it a priority when round three rolls around.

Whether it’s this year or next, Smith’s days in KC are numbered. The Chiefs have been a really good team with No. 11 under center, but they’ve yet to be great. Smith isn’t going to take them to that next level, and it’s time that Dorsey tries to find the next QB in the draft. The Chiefs have a window right now to contend for a Super Bowl; it’d be a shame to see that slip away.

A few names that Mayock mentioned: Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), Brad Kaaya (Miami), Josh Dobbs (Tennessee) and Davis Webb (Cal). Webb was the MVP of the Senior Bowl. All of these guys have potential talent, but Mayock said they’ll need some development before they jump into live games. You have to wonder if these are the right guys to help the Chiefs.

The Chiefs want to keep “an open line of communication” with Dontari Poe even though they didn’t use the franchise tag (KC Star).

You shouldn’t be too upset that Dorsey didn't place the franchise tag on Poe. He’s probably going to demand a lot of money, and he wasn’t worth the tag. The Chiefs say they’re still going to fight for Poe, though.

Although it can be tough to grade a nose tackle based on stats, Poe’s have dropped considerably. In the last two seasons he’s had only 2.5 sacks and 47 tackles. Poe had 43 tackles in 2013 but just 18 in 2016. The effectiveness of nose tackles can sometimes be tough to gauge, because they make differences on the game that can’t be measured in traditional stats. But you could make the argument that Poe may have already started his career decline.

Terez Paylor (KC Star) wrote about how it was a tough decision for the Chiefs to cut Jamaal Charles.

GM John Dorsey made what was probably one of his toughest decisions in the NFL by cutting Jamaal. KC’s all-time leading rusher will always be in the hearts of Chiefs fans, but it was the right time to move on.

Jamaal’s injury history, combined with his age, made it tough for Dorsey to keep him around for $6.1 million. The Chiefs could still address the running back position in the draft. I’m not convinced that Spencer Ware in the back of the future, and C.J. Spiller hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown since 2013.

After signing his new contract, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif went right back to medical school (Adam Teicher, ESPN).

How cool is this? If the NFL were smart, they’d be doing some spotlight piece on LDT. He’s the positive PR that this league needs.

Besides that, the Chiefs are putting some serious trust in LDT on the field. He’s going to have to continue to improve in his third NFL season, and it’s not unreasonable to expect he makes a Pro Bowl within the next couple of years.

Instead of paying a player based on his past performance, the Chiefs signed LDT based on his potential. That could pay off for the Chiefs down the road, but they may end up biting a bullet if LDT doesn’t pan out.

Travis Kelce had shoulder surgery in the offseason but should be ready for camp (KC Star).

Kelce had his shoulder “cleaned up,” according to Andy Reid. He said it shouldn’t be a major injury recovery and will “probably” be ready for camp.

Some other interesting notes from this article ... Reid said he doesn’t care for Kelce’s off the field antics. “I could really do without the reality shows,” he said. But he did say he noticed Kelce’s maturity grow throughout last season and expects it to do the same this year.

Obviously this kind of stuff off the field, along with some of the on-field antics, won’t sit well with most NFL coaches. It can be a distraction for not only the player but other guys on the team. I think most fans today respect and appreciate the fact that players have lives off the field, but it does seem Kelce’s actions are a little.