Chiefs’ need at the position: High. The offseason trade of Marcus Peters creates a hole the Chiefs are confident can be filled by third-year pro Kendall Fuller, who was the jewel of the Alex Smith trade. The Chiefs are also banking on a big contract season by fourth-year pro Steven Nelson and a comeback season by David Amerson, who is working on a one-year prove-it deal.
Chiefs’ need at the position: High. The Chiefs let their best interior run stopper, Bennie Logan, walk this offseason due to injury concerns, leaving Chris Jones, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Allen Bailey, Jarvis Jenkins and newly signed nose tackle Xavier Williams as their top guys for 2018. Problem is, Nunez-Roches, Bailey, Jenkins and Williams are all slated to be free agents after the season.
“It speaks to the process and really understanding and having a great deal of information on every player,” Veach said. “It goes back to know where the pockets of players are and what direction you can go. John did a great job of laying down the blueprint for that.”
6 Consecutive NFL drafts have included at least one Alabama linebacker. In the current streak, Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower, Nico Johnson, C.J. Mosley, Xzavier Dickson, Reggie Ragland, Reuben Foster, Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams have been drafted. The Crimson Tide's linebacker streak is expected to reach seven this year with Rashaan Evans considered a likely first-rounder and Shaun Dion Hamilton thought to be a possibility.
Who Is Going No. 1?
We still don’t know.
The Browns have the top pick and have not revealed which way they will go. That’s unusual.
“You usually know,” said Walter Cherepinsky of the mock draft site Walter Football. “The last time we really had no clue was in 2013,” when the Chiefs were undecided between tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. (They took Fisher.)
Around the league
"Hey, it wasn't just Georgia, it was a couple of years, early on, when I saw him play," said Namath, tracing his affinity for Mayfield. "I saw him a couple of years back. I never saw him look bad. I don't know how tall he is. I still don't know big he is. Size can be a major asset, yes, size can be an asset in today's game. But Drew Brees, his size was questioned many times and he's one of the greatest players who's ever played."
General manager John Lynch said the San Francisco 49ers will be patient as linebacker Reuben Foster deals with domestic violence charges but stressed "if these charges are proven true, if Reuben indeed hit this young lady, he won't be a part of our organization."
"This is going to be totally different than anything I've ever done," Gruden said. "It's not going to be what everybody thinks it is. It's not going to be anything but teaching. It's going to be letting our players wrap their arms around a system of offense, a system of defense, a system of special teams."
The Raiders have made their feelings clear on Amari Cooper. The team on Monday exercised the fifth-year option on their lead wideout, putting to bed a brief rash of hemming and hawing over Cooper's future in Oakland.
He doesn’t have the biggest arm. He didn’t play under the brightest lights. But Lauletta could be an ideal QB prospect for the right team.
The team announced Monday that Zsa Zsa, a parrot from the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, will reveal its fourth-round pick Saturday from aboard the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium. The bird will be joined by caretaker Stephanie Dripps.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
If you remember, then-general manager John Dorsey and the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to No. 10, jumping ahead of the New Orleans Saints at No. 11.
That, as it turns out, was the right move.
The Chiefs are thin at corner, people are worried, and Nelson is a guy who most fans (including myself) don’t really know what to think of at this point. He’s been with the Chiefs for three years now and has earned a reputation as a tough, if not necessarily dominant player.
This is a long-term view of the Chiefs pass rush. Somehow, in the weird world of the NFL, 29 is old(er) and they need to start thinking about what life looks like without Justin Houston. Dee Ford is in a contract year so I think he could have a strong year in 2018 but right now I would predict he is not a Chief in 2019. Tanoh Kpassagnon still looks like he has a ways to go, or maybe he’ll have a breakout year. We just don’t know.