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Chiefs headlines for Tuesday, February 26.

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Kansas City Chiefs Are No. 1 in Computer Power Ranking Heading Into Next Season | Scout

The Chiefs 2019 season may look a lot like their 2018 season. Their neutral win percentage projects over 16 games to a similar record. The computer gives them a 16.3% chance of winning the Super Bowl making them a good value at 6/1, 14.3%. They are also a good bet to win the conference with a 27.5% chance at 3/1, 25%. The sum of all of their 2018 season money line implied probabilities (adjusted for the juice) projects to 10.1 wins.

Top 101 NFL free agents of 2019: DeMarcus Lawrence at No. 1 | NFL

5. Dee Ford

At a position where speed kills, Ford’s first step is among the best in football. TheChiefs will likely use the franchise tag on him rather than work out a long-term deal to make sure his monster breakout season is repeatable.

86. Steven Nelson

Nelson, 26, started all 16 games for the Chiefs last season, but he was often the guy who opposing quarterbacks targeted.

NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, just as competitive in ‘Call of Duty’ as on the football field | USA Today

Many NFL players bring their game consoles with them on the road during the season, Mahomes says. Not him.

”I try to make sure that I can focus on the game plan, the night before the game,” Mahomes said. “During the season, I try to have my set schedule. I do get like two hours in a week on a Monday or a Friday to kind of blow some steam and play the game, but the offseason is when I really get to grind and play for three or four hours at a time.”

3 potential free agent targets for Los Angeles Rams from Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 | Fansided

3. Jordan Lucas

Since the Lamarcus Joyner experiment of potentially earning long-term deal after playing last year under the franchise tag seems like it didn’t work out, Los Angeles is one of those teams that will be making safety one of their top priorities this offseason, whether it’s free agency or the draft.

Clearly, Lucas isn’t the kind of defender who is going to make a serious impact as a starter, but since this would seem like a low risk with a potential for a high reward, why shouldn’t the Rams give this a shot?

Robert Kraft was at spa hours before heading to KC for AFC title game: documents | Kansas City Star

On Monday, court documents say Kraft was at the spa fewer than eight hours before the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs on Jan. 20 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Around the league

Report: Raiders back to Oakland for 2019 a done deal | Silver And Black Pride

Mark Davis had backed out of the previous deal that had the Raiders playing in the Coliseum on a one-year $7.5 million lease when the City of Oakland followed through on their threats of filing an antitrust lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL. But after potential locations such as Qualcomm in San Diego and Oracle Park in San Francisco dried up, Davis went with staying in Oakland as seemed the most logical outcome all along.

Ravens release Michael Crabtree after one season | ESPN

The Baltimore Ravens released veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree after one disappointing season, the team announced Monday.

Crabtree, 31, was scheduled to receive a $2.5 million roster bonus next month and earn $7.5 million in 2019 after leading the NFL with eight dropped passes last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Baltimore will free up $4.667 million in salary-cap room by parting ways with Crabtree, who made 54 catches (his fewest in a full season since his 2009 rookie year) for 607 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

Meet the All-Bad Combine Team: 29 players who had good NFL careers anyway | SB Nation


Tom Brady, 2000

Brady ran the 40 in 5.28 seconds, tied for the fifth-worst time by a QB this century. He posted a 24.5-inch vertical, tied for sixth-worst. He did fine in agility drills, but he established himself as one of the least explosive athletes to ever participate in the combine. The greatest QB of all-time demonstrated all the athleticism of an accountant.

Cowboys’ David Irving posts to Instagram: ‘I’m not in the NFL because I’m an Eagle Scout’ | USA Today

”I’m in the NFL because I’m great what I do,” Irving wrote, beside a picture of him dressed for a Cowboys game. “I’m not in the NFL because I’m an Eagle Scout, or the perfect model citizen. I didn’t put on a mask or kiss ass to be where I am. Im (sic) here on natural ability . This is God’s plan. Not mine. Trust me, I’m adjusting to it as well.

Comp. Committee to discuss potential rule changes | NFL

Monday’s meeting is used to discuss potential rule change suggestions that the committee will bring to owners later in the offseason. Two-thirds of the 32 owners must approve a change before its adopted.

Replay review will not be the only topic of discussion on Monday. Battista also adds that the committee will look at potentially adjusting the punt play, in an effort to make it safer -- as the league did with kickoffs. The committee will also discuss the helmet rule from last year to decide if the rule change had the desired outcome.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

2019 NFL Draft prospect preview: defensive tackle Ed Oliver

Ed Oliver is an athletic phenom, and that makes him one of the most fun prospects to watch. Part of the issue with his draft evaluation is the fact that he moves like a linebacker but is the site of an EDGE player while playing defensive tackle. He is going to be one of the smallest (if not the smallest) defensive tackles in the NFL upon being drafted. Teams will be unsure where to play him and question his ability at the point of attack at the line of scrimmage.

2019 NFL Draft: complete list of Kansas City Chiefs draft picks

Here is the full list of the Chiefs’ eight picks:

First round (29) - 29th overall

Second round (29) - 61st overall

Second round (31) 63rd overall (from Los Angeles Rams - Marcus Peters)

Third round (29) - 92nd overall

Fifth round (29) - 167th overall

Sixth round (29) - 201st overall

Sixth round (42) - 214th overall (compensatory)

Seventh round (2) - 216th overall (Rod Streater trade)

Why medical exams are the most important part of the NFL’s Scouting Combine

Each player is given a preliminary medical and orthopedic grade. Every team uses a grading system that suits its needs and is specific to that team. These grades change multiple times once the result of an MRI or X-ray is known or further information is unearthed. Teams and medical staffs all have unique grading criteria, so a given condition held by a player is not always graded the same by every team.

A team’s personnel or coaching staff will often want these preliminary grades before watching the players work out. This is so they can have a frame of reference and begin the process of slotting the players where they may want to select them (if at all).

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