“I am looking forward to it. I’ve been working up to it, been doing this for 12 years,” he said last week. “I’ve been going to the draft room for a long time. Certainly, it will be different as a GM. I am surrounded by a lot of great people and trust those guys.”
Chiefs’ need at the position: High. When healthy, Justin Houston and Dee Ford have the potential to be a premium edge-rush duo, and it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility for Ford to have the best season of his career in 2018: the contract year is undefeated.
Let's start here: I don't believe the Chiefs will trade into the first round.
We talked a little about this on the Border Patrol, but last year's trade made perfect sense. The Chiefs had more picks than could make the team, they knew the cap situation and Alex Smith's contract pointed toward a new quarterback in 2018, and the draft class was full of talented quarterbacks who could probably benefit from a year of watching.
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Duvernay-Tardif still hopes to be able to put the letters "DR" or "MD" behind his Chiefs jersey next season to celebrate the feat of being the first doctor to set foot on the NFL. His application filed, he is waiting for an official response from the Goodell Circuit authorities.
"We added Sammy Watkins who, I think, will bring a lot of tools and depth to our receiver group. Then Patrick Mahomes is the new star and we will see how he will develop within the organization. I am super confident after watching him play late in the season against the Broncos. He has a lot of potential, "said Chiefs number 76.
"We lost a lot of people in the line players [...] But at the same time, we went to make new acquisitions and at this point, it comes back in the hands of" coaches "to create chemistry and put together the team we want to be. I think we have the potential to travel far, "he said.
2013: Everyone knew the Chiefs would take an OT, either Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel.
KANSAS CITY ACQUIRED:
* CB KENDALL FULLER
* 2018 3rd round (78th overall): ___________________
COMMENT: The least sexy of all the QB trades, but it will be interesting to see how Kansas City ends up using this pick, given their needs on defense.
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I spoke to a source from a team that went to the playoffs last season who said they’ve done anywhere between eight to 10 scenarios. What happens is the team will do those mocks until their late pick, and based on the situations—say a quarterback-needy team did not take a quarterback in the first round—the second round was extrapolated out.
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
2. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
3. Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
4. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
5. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
6. Derwin James, S, Florida State
7. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
8. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
9. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
10. Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The 2014 NFL draft was a historic bonanza for wide receivers. Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans became instant stars. Sammy Watkins could tear apart defenses, too. Brandin Cooks turned into Drew Brees’s newest and most dangerous weapon.
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris doesn’t know how Denver will use its No. 5 overall NFL draft pick, however, he does know what position the team should not select.
“Not a quarterback,” Harris said Tuesday at Dove Valley. “We’re trying to win now, man. We’re not trying to wait.”
"The thing I would tell you about that is that we've been through a lot around here, we've grown tremendously together and all of that, and changes are inevitable," Carroll said, via The News Tribune's Gregg Bell. "Sometimes, guys can't hang with what's expected, for one reason or another -- their growth, their development and all of that.
"And the best thing I can tell you is, that they're not here."
"He is going to play for the Patriots," Rapoport explained on Tuesday's edition of NFL Total Access. "The only question is what is his salary going to be. I would expect that Gronkowski and the team are going to discuss that."
If the Cleveland Browns select a cornerback early in the draft, versatile corner Jamar Taylor is expected to be made available, a source informed of the situation told Rapoport. Cleveland signed three free-agent corners this offseason and likely would put Taylor on the trade block if they draft another cornerback in the first or second rounds.
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“I have a group of guys up there who are worried that I’m going to be too aggressive, so I’m glad I have those guys. Everyone does this, and we’ve done this the last five years, you go through mock drafts just like you see online. We kind of just play that game ourselves in regards to what do we do if, or what about if this guy slides. I think every scenario had me trading up and my guys were like, ‘We have a lot of good picks here.’ I think I’ll have a good group of guys helping me out there.”
Carter absolutely wrecked the Combine in just about every category and could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 with sideline-to-sideline range and the tools to become a productive edge rusher in sub-packages. He needs to add more bulk, but he is a future NFL starter.
Chiefs’ round two and round three picks
Round 2, pick 54 (Holmes)
Round 3, pick 78 (Lanier)
Round 3, pick 86 (Lanier)