Following the combine, the Chiefs turn their focus to their free agents. The team may not sign everyone.
The Chiefs' defense is a little different, because Marcus Peters is gone, and you can't be sure if you'll get a full season from Justin Houston or Eric Berry, but your question is whether it can be a top 15 defense which isn't a very high bar.
54. Kansas City Chiefs—James Washington WR Oklahoma State
78. Kansas City Chiefs—B.J. Hill DL N.C. State
86. Kansas City Chiefs—Marquis Haynes LB Ole Miss
122. Kansas City Chiefs—Quenton Meeks CB Stanford
124. Kansas City Chiefs—Kylie Fitts EDGE Utah
209. Kansas City Chiefs—Tray Matthews S Auburn
233. Kansas City Chiefs—K.J. Malone OG LSU
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Kareem Hunt exploded onto the scene as a rookie, posting top-four PPR numbers among backs. There's no reason to believe coach Andy Reid will get cute with his backfield (though he's been known to do that at times), so even the potential return of Spencer Ware shouldn't keep Hunt from a featured role. Charcandrick West would remain his handcuff if Ware were to suffer any setbacks.
Also standing out was Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who logged the 20th-fastest 40 time of any running back at the 2017 combine (4.62). But he recorded a top speed of 20.84 MPH during a 58-yard run against the Patriots in Week 1, good for the fourth highest among rookie running backs and the 13th-fastest running back speed overall on any given play last season.
As much as Tarik Cohen wants to believe he is to the Bears what Tyreek Hill is to the Chiefs, that may be a tad ambitious on his part.
Bears coach Matt Nagy said as much when he spoke to the media on opening day of the Combine.
"Size-wise, you see that and you say, 'OK, they're pretty similar, right?' " Nagy said of the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Hill and the 5-foot-6, 179-pound Cohen. "And then you have the speed and shiftiness and the moves; everything that they do.
The 2012 Chiefs finished 2-12, tied for the worst record in franchise history. It was their second straight losing season and the fourth time in six seasons they’d lost at least 12 games. They had eight games with at least three turnovers, and lost seven of them. Central figures in the struggle were Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, the NFL’s two lowest-rated QBs in 2012.
Alex Smith also joins Nagy in moving on from Kansas City, but Washington would be wasting its big veteran investment in Kirk Cousins' older replacement if it doesn't get him a go-to guy outside. Robinson's size and speed are perfect for Smith to trust on both short and deep routes and mixes attributes of his two favorite Kansas City targets, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Robinson has been immersed in the West Coast offense during his time with the Jaguars and would have a smooth transition into Jay Gruden and Matt Cavanaugh's scheme.
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The franchise tag deadline has come and gone. Some teams did the obvious, some had to make some difficult financial decisions that will create a major domino effect on the free agent market and some teams tried to get cute.
The Jaguars failing to tag Robinson was the most surprising decision. He's coming off a torn ACL that kept him out for almost all of 2017, and before that, he posted an erratic 2016 season, but his 1,400-yard campaign in '15 at age 22 showed a true No. 1 receiver skill set. The Jaguars have spent so freely on other teams' stars that it must be discomfiting for general manager David Caldwell to let one of his best offensive draft picks (made in the second round in 2014) walk away.
Kyle Fuller's rollercoaster career in Chicago took another unexpected turn on Tuesday when the Bears hit him with the seldom-used transition tag, giving the two sides a chance to hammer out a long-term deal in the coming months as well as providing the team with an opportunity to match any offers that Fuller generates on the free-agent market.
The Houston Texans denied a report that NFL agents have said the team isn’t interested in acquiring players who protested police brutality during the national anthem, an accusation that comes at a sensitive time with NFL free agency opening next week.
Who will be first QB drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft?
Sam Darnold 8/5
Josh Allen 11/5
Baker Mayfield 14/5
Josh Rosen 13/4
“Yeah, I don’t know,” Manning said, via ThePostGame.com. “Monday Night Football is an iconic institution; it’s received the Lamar Hunt Award. You know, I certainly enjoy listening; thinking about things. This is a second chapter for me that — I think the best advice I got was, ‘Don’t rush into something. Take your time and think about things.’ So I continue to listen and I continue to think, and at the same time staying busy and stimulated enough and having some free time to do some things that I haven’t had a chance to do in 25 years.”
"It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds," McCaffrey said. "I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock."
Triplette was expected to retire, especially after the officiating during the Titans-Chiefs playoff game was deemed questionable, at best.
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The NFL released the official 2018 NFL Draft order and the Kansas City Chiefs as of now officially have just seven draft picks. However, once the Alex Smith and Marcus Peters trades are official on March 14 the Chiefs will add a third round pick (for the Alex trade) and a fourth round pick (for the Peters trade). The Chiefs will be sending a sixth round pick -- I think the compensatory pick — to the Rams for the Peters trade.
In the midst of a wild Chiefs offseason, I felt the need to inject some optimism into the narrative.
The NFL’s free agency period is a time for rumors. A bunch of players will be hitting the market and will be available to be signed by a bunch of teams so you get a lot of NFL folks talking about different players they like and then those people talk to the media and BOOM! You have a free agency rumor.