Cornerback: Six corners played a significant number of snaps last season, but only one -- Steven Nelson -- is back. The Chiefs traded for Kendall Fuller and signed David Amerson but still don’t have the depth they would prefer, so it’ll be an upset if they don’t draft at least one corner.
He's trying to bounce back from a ruptured Achilles suffered in October, with his fit in Kansas City questionable alongside Watkins and Tyreek Hill, both of whom primarily work outside. The Chiefs previously used Hill and Conley outside, with Albert Wilson -- now a Miami Dolphin -- getting most of the slot work. The team probably prefers to have a No. 3 receiver who is more comfortable in the slot, but it isn't entirely out of the question that Conley pushes for the role if he's healthy for the start of training camp.
Chiefs Team Need No. 1: Pass Rusher
Last year’s Chiefs finished 30th in quarterback hits (70) and 25th in sacks (31). 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford has been an injury-riddled disappointment and is entering his contract year. Edge pass rush is the top priority, but another interior disruptor would be a welcomed addition.
The NFL's transformation into a passing league has made tight end one of the game's marquee positions. Offensive coordinators covet big, athletic pass catchers with basketball-like movement skills at the position. Over the past several years, we've seen the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Travis Kelce, Jordan Reed and others dominate between the hashes as "jumbo" wide receivers with spectacular playmaking ability.
(Shannon) Sharpe does know this: Tight ends are taking over offenses. He points to Gronkowski, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen and even Jimmy Graham, even though he is in the twilight of his career.
“If they’re rated high, they’re going to go high,” (Mel) Kiper said. “They’re not getting forced up. These guys were all highly rated players coming out, so there weren’t any surprises. The surprises were like the third-round pick of Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara, based on where they went. They played like top-10 guys. That’s why I always say, ‘Running backs, you can find.’
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With Cleveland selecting at Nos. 1 and 4 and in need of a quarterback, Mayfield is the first of the quartet to visit GM John Dorsey and the rest of the staff. The other three -- Allen, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold -- will meet with the Browns at their Berea, Ohio, facility later this week, per The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
“He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored. He’s a millennial. He wants to know why,” (Jim) Mora, who was fired as UCLA coach in November, told Sports Illustrated on Monday. “Millennials, once they know why, they’re good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid.”
Clive Walford is going from a crowded tight end room to one in need of a veteran. Less than a week after being released by the Raiders, the fourth-year pass-catcher has been claimed by the Jets.
That's stupid. That's stupid, man," Green told NFL Network at rapper Quavo's celebrity flag football game in Lilburn, Georgia, on Sunday. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime, or once-in-a-generation talent, man, and you've got to be ready. I think he'll get paid. They not that crazy."
“I just want to show how fast I am, how quick I can move, how strong I am, every aspect of the game I’m an NFL player,” Jenkins said at a morning workout prior to his pro day last week.
On Monday, fighting the rain and cold weather, Jenkins showed what he had to offer for NFL scouts at his pro day at Southeast Missouri State.
A 2016 car crash ended Isaiah Pead's NFL dream, but he said that winning three gold medals in the Paralympics “sounds like a hell of a career."
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The best way for the Chiefs moving up in this year's draft is to dangle one of their 2019 second-round picks. There are a few teams that make sense as dancing partners in the early second round (possibly even the late first), but unless a team is willing to defer a significant part of the return until 2019's draft, I don’t foresee the Chiefs realistically being able to get into the first round.
“I think what you will see is he’ll be more familiar then what he was because he’s constantly studying, coach or no coach,” Reid said. “He’s going to be going back through all the tape, that’s just how he is, through all the calls. So I’d expect to hit the ground running. It’s not one of these situations where you’re going to have to back up and go, okay he’s a rookie and you got to start from scratch. That’s not where you’re at with him.”
We don’t know all the details on what that exactly means yet, but it is fascinating to me given King being one of the better punters in the league and a former All-Pro.
Gruden has already been quoted saying he wants to “throw the game back to 1998” this offseason, so perhaps Leo Araguz is back in the mix?