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Kareem Hunt on being drafted by Kansas City Chiefs: ‘I’m going to make the most of each and every carry I get’ | News-Herald

“As a quarterback, your job is to come in and just contribute to the team any way possible. If that’s just getting great practice reps, just help the team any way you can, that’s the thing I’m going to try and come in here and do.”

Incumbent quarterback Alex Smith has already reached out to Mahomes, vowing to help him any way possible. Smith is firmly entrenched as the starter this season, but beyond that is anyone’s guess.

Smith would have another year on his contract, but could be released inexpensively.

Mel Kiper's draft grades 2017: Chiefs get an average grade | Arrowhead Pride

The Kansas City Chiefs 2017 draft grades are beginning to trickle in. We saw what Chiefs fans graded each pick right here and we saw the KC Star's Terez Paylor, who follows the Chiefs and the draft as much as anyone, give the Chiefs an A.

Now let's look to the experts starting with ESPN's Mel Kiper who gave the Chiefs a C+ for their draft. Only two teams had grades worse than that! WHAT?

No Griz drafted; Kidder signs with Vikings, Nelson with Chiefs | University of Montana Grizzlies |

"I just made the best decision for me. Kansas City didn't draft any corners," explained Nelson, who said Seattle also showed interest after he'd committed to KC. "I feel good about the organization and how I fit in their scheme."

Who might replace Whaley? Here are 10 possible candidates | The Buffalo News

Brett Veach, co-director of player personnel, Kansas City Chiefs: A favorite of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, Veach has a relationship with McDermott dating to their time together in Philadelphia. He is a seven-year NFL veteran who has been in his current job the past two years.

Ladue's Chesson heads trio of Day 3 draft picks from area |

“But I’m eager to get there, I’m eager to learn, eager to get a playbook in my hands and meet the coaches and teammates,” Chesson said on a conference call with Chiefs reporters. “Its going to be a great experience, and I can’t wait to attack it with enthusiasm.’

NFL teams have revised the draft trade chart | ProFootballTalk

But that was a long time ago, before the salary cap and long before the rookie wage scale in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The old chart doesn’t really fit in a league where teams have a finite amount of cap space and have to consider how each rookie’s contract will fit under that cap. As a result, teams have developed a new trade chart.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said his team has a new chart, updated this year because this is the first year when compensatory picks can be traded. Schneider also indicated that the Seahawks know other teams around the league are valuing picks the same way.

Mark Podolski: NFL Draft historic for Lake County with picks of Mitchell Trubisky, Kareem Hunt | News-Herald

Not far behind was Hunt, who ripped through the opposition — some might say toyed with them — for a Lake County single-season record of 2,685 yards and 48 total touchdowns.

When the domination was complete, the combined stats for Trubisky and Hunt were staggering.

Against D-I competition in two seasons, Trubisky and Hunt amassed 14,641 total yards and were responsible for a combined 203 touchdowns.

Big 12 has fewest NFL Draft picks in its conference history |

The Big 12 ranked a distant last among Power Five conferences in players drafted. In fact, the Big 12 had one fewer player selected (14) than the American Athletic Conference (15). According to Sports Illustrated, it was the Big 12’s fewest draft picks since the conference was formed.

SFU Clan’s Jordan Herdman says he’ll leave it all on field at Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp | Varsity Letters

“My mom, dad, brother (fellow SFU linebacker Justin) and I all watched the draft today right to very end,” the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Herdman said Saturday evening from his hometown of Winnipeg. “It was disappointing because I thought I was going to get picked up. There were a lot of calls leading up to the draft, so yeah, it was disappointing.
“But soon after, my agent called me and said I was going to Kansas City. It’s exciting, and I feel grateful. It’s nice to see all of the hard work paying off.”

Villanova’s Kpassagnon goes in second round to Kansas City Chiefs |

“They want to see if guys are willing to compete,” Kpassagnon said during the scouting process. “That’s a big thing. I feel like a lot of guys have made it to the league or made it to this step, the combine or something like that, but there’s always something you can improve on and you just want to show that you love this. So everything I did, I wanted to show that I loved it.”

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