TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State (54th overall): I know, I know. “But Terez, what about the defense,” you’re probably yelling at home. Trust me, as the man who had to watch this team all of last year, I’m well in tune with how badly the defense needs reinforcements across the board. And I do think that if any of the Chiefs’ top defense targets remain on the board, general manager Brett Veach will not hesitate to either trade up to snag a top-rated cornerback or pass rusher, or simply use this pick on the defensive side of the ball. Those are scenarios I’ll cover in mocks two and three.
**Round 2 pick 54 - Lorenzo Carter
EDGE (Georgia) Must need for the Chiefs as I have had him in 5 of 6 mocks in the second round and nationally, he is gaining steam in this spot in other mocks.
I’m not sure what an advanced reptilian solar being is, but Watkins claims to be very powerful — so powerful that even he is scared. We’re scared too, Sammy. We’re scared too.
27. CHIEFS (trade cancelled)
Actual pick: CB Tre'Davious White (by Bills)
Do-over pick: RB Dalvin Cook
Cook had 444 yards from scrimmage in four games for the Vikings as a second-round pick who won the starting job. He suffered a season-ending injury and the Vikings didn't miss a beat with Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray. The Chiefs relied heavily on rookie running back Kareem Hunt, a third-round pick in reality who already is gone by this point in the re-draft.
It was anything but a standard hospital visit for Kansas City Chiefs’ center Mitch Morse on Thursday afternoon, as the fourth-year offensive lineman hugged, laughed and chatted with a handful of young adults at the University of Kansas Health System.
It’s hard to gauge how his usage might change in 2018, under a new offensive scheme, but it was encouraging to hear new head coach Matt Nagy draw similarities between Cohen and Tyreek Hill.
Around the league
Ten weeks ago today, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski declined to commit to playing football in 2018. With the team's offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn't decided what to do.
James Harrison is retiring for the second time. This one appears to be the official end. The 39-year-old pass rusher announced on Instagram on Monday morning he is calling it a career.
Dez Bryant was irked Friday night following his release for not being named captain in Dallas. On Saturday night, Dak Prescott, one of those players donning the "C", spoke out on Bryant's departure.
This year, the Jets carried on a recent theme of teams moving into position to draft a top quarterback. Time will tell if the Jets' move will one day join the ranks of these significant trades for draft picks in NFL history.
The Browns, Giants, Jets, Broncos and Colts, like the rest of the NFL, are keeping their cards close as April 26 nears. The latest on Darnold, Mayfield, Barkley and the rest, plus sections on the Reuben Foster lesson, the Dez Bryant facts and much more.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
How many running backs the Chiefs wind up keeping is becoming just as interesting as the names in it. Williams will be among Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, Akeem Hunt and Damien Williams all fighting for roster spots in August.
If you’re wondering, that’s only seven months, four days, 12 hours, 40 minutes and 36 seconds away (at the time of this writing).
I’ve wondered if the Chiefs would select a tackle high this year so that said tackle would have time to sit and learn. That’s key because offensive linemen coming out of college these days are not as well-established in the pro game as they were a few years ago.