DL Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State (54th overall): There will be a learning curve here, as Shepherd played his college ball at tiny Fort Hays State. But there’s no doubting his physical traits and tape. At a solidly-built 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds, Shepherd possesses outstanding athleticism and a real drive to get better. He’ll have the benefit of playing a handful of snaps this year behind the likes of Xavier Williams, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Chris Jones and Jarvis Jenkins before earning a starting role in 2019 as a shaded nose or penetrating three-technique. By the way, I’d like to welcome Shepherd to the 2018 All-Juice Team (coming Wednesday).
Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft: Defense and O-line the focus, predictions for every pick | CBS Sports
2 54 Tyrell Crosby, OT/G, Oregon
Here, that means taking an offensive lineman who could settle in as a starter at tackle or guard, then focusing on defensive for a few rounds before taking a big chance on receiver. With talent at the skill positions, expect the Chiefs to focus mainly on the offensive line and finding more defensive cornerstones to go along with Eric Berry and Justin Houston, who could be a cap casualty before long despite his talent (cutting him next year would save $14 million in cap space).
Kansas City Chiefs' Robert Golden hosts diabetes walk at Edison High School | ABC 30
About 200 people went out to take part in the two-mile walk around the track.
There were also booths set up for blood sugar level testing.
Robert Golden says he wanted to organize the event in Fresno to give back to the community he grew up in.
"I wanted to come back to where I grew up at and let my community know we can be better if we live a healthier lifestyle," said Golden.
Reggie Ragland 'getting a little sexy' in preparation for 2018 NFL season | AL.com
"I'm very comfortable now," Ragland said about his knee. "Offseason workouts, I did a lot of stuff as far as explosiveness, and I feel like I'm getting my explosiveness back. ...
"I feel like I am (totally back), but only time will tell. Once I get them pads on, I can show everybody how I feel like I really am."
Shaun Smith says he smoked pot before every Chiefs game | The Kansas City Star
Shaun Smith's nine-year NFL career ended with the last of his two stints with the Chiefs.
Smith, a defensive tackle, had played for the Saints, Bengals and Browns before he joined the Chiefs for the 2010 season. It was his best as a pro as he played in all 16 games for the only time and had one of his four career sacks.
Pro Bowlers: 5
Best Pick: Marcus Peters (2015, first)
Worst Pick: Eric Fisher (2013, first)
Browns fans should be happy to see the Chiefs so high. Their new GM, John Dorsey, was in charge of all of these drafts. The 2015 draft landed five starters, and the pick of Tyreek Hill in the 2016 sixth round was a home run.
49ers history: On this day 25 years ago, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs | Niners Nation
On April 21st, 1993, the San Francisco 49ers long-brewing quarterback controversy ended. Joe Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the quarterback position all to Steve Young.
Ronald Jones, known as a Jamaal Charles clone, among running backs Browns could target in second round | Ohio.com
Long before Ronald Jones reached the University of Southern California, he watched a fellow dreadlocked Texan excel as a running back and dreamed it could be him one day.
Jamaal Charles was the player he wanted to emulate.
“I love his game,” Jones said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He was one of my idols.
Around the league
Future of kickoff to be discussed at NFL summit | ESPN
The future of the kickoff in the NFL will be discussed at a planned summit that is being finalized to discuss player safety.
Tanking in the NFL: Teams That Should Have Lost Week 17 | Sports Illustrated
Because draft week is finally upon us—and because Derek Jeter called Bryant Gumbel “mentally weak” over (true) accusations of tanking—let us look at how NFL teams could stand to be better when it comes to tanking.
Jeter’s Miami Marlins, as we all know, won’t be competitive this year or in coming years after trading away all their decent-to-great players and loading up on cheap prospects. Baseball and basketball teams have this tanking thing down. The NFL…not so much.
Nick Foles, Eagles agree to revised deal with '19 option | NFL.com
The Philadelphia Eagles and backup quarterback Nick Foles have agreed to a revised contract for the 2018 season that includes a mutual option for 2019.
Patriots host Lamar Jackson, 'impressed' with Louisville QB | NFL.com
The New England Patriots "relatively quietly" played host to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson two weeks ago, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Aaron Rodgers named minority owner of NBA's Bucks | NFL.com
"I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here," Rodgers said in a statement released by the Bucks. "I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Finan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach’s big pre-draft update: 10 takeaways
Do not rule the Chiefs out of trading into the first round on Thursday night.
The Chiefs currently do not have a first-round pick. But that doesn’t mean you should rule them out, according to Veach.