54. Kansas City Chiefs
Dorance Armstrong, OLB, Kansas. The Chiefs use their first pick on an upgrade for their edge rush, who should benefit from a move to 3-4 outside linebacker.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt will be honored as the Reese's Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year and St. Paul's cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis will be honored as the Reese's Senior Bowl High School Player of the Year.
Chicago Bears ($50M)
FAs: CB Prince Amukamara, QB Mark Sanchez, G Josh Sitton, DE Mitch Unrein
Advice: The receiving corps is in line for an overhaul. Kansas City's Albert Wilson might be a nice starting point given his familiarity with new coach Matt Nagy's system, but the real prize would be Allen Robinson, who would give QB Mitchell Trubisky a true No. 1 while increasing the second-year passer's confidence. CB Kyle Fuller is on the transition tag but should receive a long-term deal.
Former Panthers seventh-round pick and Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker shared a message on Twitter Wednesday congratulating him on a Pro Bowl season and thanking him for the mentoring he got in his brief time in Carolina.
The Titans have two stud first-round tackles in Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. Solid center Ben Jones has two years left on his deal. But around them, right guard Josh Kline and swing backup Brian Schwenke are free agents. With undrafted Quinton Spain playing well at left guard, the Titans should consider a replacement for Kline.
Either the Chiefs' Zach Fulton or the Colts' Jack Mewhort would do the trick. Fulton would bring the bonus of being good insurance for Jones. Mewhort has experience at right tackle, too.
Dorsey sent the Chiefs’ 2015 fifth-round pick to the saints for veteran guard Ben Grubbs. He started 120 of 122 career games and started the first seven of 2015 for the Chiefs before a neck injury ended his season. He was waived after the season.
The Chiefs let Dwayne Bowe walk (but if you’re a Browns fan, you already knew that), and signed receiver Jeremy Maclin. They also lost center Rodney Hudson in free agency.
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The Chiefs will likely use the majority of eight selections in the draft on defense. They also have the ability to make some moves in free agency to help support the defense. I think Matt Stagner did an excellent job of putting the current roster into perspective. The defense should be better next year with additions already made and the draft alone.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer had a good column Thursday on the general lack of talent in this year’s free agent crop, and toward the end he connected Kansas City with a widely known name:
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola.
The Kansas City Chiefs apparently have some interest in free agent DT Muhammad Wilkerson. According to Calvin Watkins of Newsday, the Chiefs are on Wilkerson’s free agent visit.