Experts grade the best and worst teams coming out of the 2018 NFL Draft
Kansas City Chiefs
Consensus grade: C
High grade/Low grade: B (NFL) / D- (Yahoo)
Players drafted: DT Breeland Speaks (2); DT Derrick Nnadi (3); OLB Dorian O’Daniel (3); S Armani Watts (4); CB Tremon Smith (6); G Kahlil McKenzie (6)
One thing to know: The Chiefs immediately invested in their front seven at the top of their 2018 draft, improving what has been the weakest part of their past two seasons.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2017 RECORD: 10-6) -1.5 WINS
The Chiefs are banking on a quarterback with one start under his belt. And they lost their best defensive player. Andy Reid is still here, so Kansas City won’t fall too far.
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Nearly half of the teams that made the fantasy football championship game in ESPN standard leagues in 2017 had Alvin Kamara on their roster; 29 percent of teams owned fellow rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Fantasy championships often stem from finding diamonds in the running back rough, and fantasy diamonds are formed when talent meets opportunity. Now that the 2018 NFL draft is over, we can start looking for the rookie rushers with the best odds of becoming fantasy stars.
11. Eric Fisher, 2013 - The Worst First Overall Picks Since 2000 | Complex
11. Eric Fisher, 2013
Eric Fisher is obviously not an ideal No. 1 overall selection. But in the Chiefs’ defense, the 2013 NFL Draft was one of the weakest classes in league history—only three players drafted in the top 17 have become Pro Bowlers. Unsurprisingly, Fisher wasn’t one of them: The tackle has played adequately for the Chiefs, but has hardly been the next Orlando Pace.
Ex-Chiefs player gets reminder from team to cash paycheck from 2010 | CBS Sports.com
For most people, if someone wrote you a check for $1,000, you would probably make sure to cash that thing as soon as you possibly could. However, NFL players aren't most people, which is why the Kansas City Chiefs currently have an uncashed check for $1,238.11 on their books.
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Around the league
Brady on Butler benching: 'Wish he would have played' | NFL.com
"Well, I don't make those decisions. I wish he would've played, but the coach didn't play him and we still had a chance to win," Brady said at the Milken Institute Global Conference, via Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com.
First one-handed NFL player shares motto that kept him from quitting | CNBC
"We had a couple of stacks of cinder blocks with a stick across the top, like a hurdle," he writes. "And when we would run routes, we would have to jump over the hurdle and do other obstacles mid-route. Then my dad would throw us the ball, and he'd throw it hard, right at our chest. And every time we dropped it, he would say, 'Nothing comes easy.'"
Harbaugh: Ozzie Newsome's last draft might be finest | NFL.com
"This is my 11th draft with Ozzie, and Eric, and [director of college scouting] Joe [Hortiz], and I told Ozzie just as we finished this thing up I feel like this is his best draft since I've been here," Harbaugh said, via the team's website. "Heck, maybe the best ever."
'Boys wouldn't send second-rounder for Earl Thomas | NFL.com
Had Seattle considered letting Thomas go for less than first-round value, it would have been a concession. They had reportedly set the price tag at first- and third-round picks in the weeks leading up to the draft.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach said he didn’t go into draft thinking all defense
“I can’t sit here and say that I just wanted to go into the draft and draft defense, defense, defense,” Veach explained. “I knew we had to get better on defense; I knew we had to get tougher and I kind of said that the night before. I knew one thing that I really wanted to make sure I left the draft with someone that can affect the passer, and that’s where Breeland (Speaks) came into play.”
When does Brett Veach expect each Kansas City Chiefs draft pick to play in 2018?
Round 2 - No. 46 - Mississippi LB Breeland Speaks: potential defensive starter
“We think Breeland (Speaks) is a guy that could come in and play and help us on all three downs.”
Chiefs draft picks 2018: Grades, quotes and reactions to every pick
“You can imagine how I’m doing," O' Daniel said. "I literally was shutting down my draft party. I had no idea. I was literally heading to the exit of the clubhouse and my phone started ringing and I was like this can’t be happening and then it was Kansas City. It was crazy because I met with Kansas City at the Combine and the energy and the vibe I felt wasn’t as strong in the moment. I got Kendall Fuller with me right now, we were best friends in high school and now we’re back together doing it. It’s live. I can’t even put it in words.”