Pick 29 — Chiefs
Record: 12-4 (.480) Biggest needs: DL, LB, CB, S, OL
The front seven is going to have to be retooled as they transition to a 4-3 defense under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and replace Dee Ford and Justin Houston. There’s clearly a need for pass rushers, but they might need help up the middle, too. The addition of Tyrann Mathieu is a nice start to the work that will continue on a secondary that was beleaguered last season, and there’s a hole to fill at center following the departure of Mitch Morse.
What are the current odds and predictions on who will have the most 2019 interceptions, Mathieu or Collins?
This is an interesting bet, because it pits two professional athletes against each other using the category that neither is likely to lead the league in. Last season Collins had no interceptions and Mathieu had two, but the season before both players had two picks apiece. As we like to say, don’t bet what you don’t have, but if you’re going to pull some change out of your betting kitty for this one, looks like Mathieu is favored to win.
Caveat: Both players must play in game one for action to commence.
Most interceptions in the 2019 Regular Season
Tyrann Mathieu -150
Landon Collins +120
The Chiefs being the team to introduce this rule change might make them come across as salty over the way their season ended, but they do have a point. If the NFL continues to place such a heavy emphasis on offense — and that’s not going anywhere — it’s logical to give both teams an opportunity to score a touchdown.
How many Hawaiian shirts will Andy Reid wear?
Every year, Andy Reid always shows up cosplaying as Tommy Bahama. FWIW, last year he was spotted wearing three different Hawaiian shirts.
What rules do teams want to change in 2019?
While those motions came from the competition committee, a pair of proposals from teams will also spark debate in Arizona.
Kansas City wants guaranteed possessions in overtime
A motion from the Chiefs aims to change overtime rules to ensure both teams possess the ball at least once in the extra period — a proposal that comes months after Kansas City didn’t get a chance to field its offense as the Patriots ran away with a 37-31 overtime win in the AFC title game.
Round 1 – No. 29 overall-Rock Ya-Sin corner Temple-Corner Temple-Tough corner will play nicely with the Honey Badger behind him. 47 tackles, 2 for loss and 12 passes defended. One thing that has been missing is toughness on this defense. Matt Miller who I highly respect is moving him up to the first round and I feel this is right. My friends at Arrowheadpride.com that watched him at the Senior Bowl came away impressed. I love his toughness and would be a perfect fit into what Spags is trying to do.
Lock is a very talented passer who has an excellent ability to create plays when things break down. These abilities warrant investigation by any club, even if they have a suitable starter at quarterback.
Just look at the Chiefs two years ago. Head coach Andy Reid had a very reliable passer in Alex Smith who went 41-20 in his first four seasons in Kansas City. Smith’s presence did not stop them from drafting Patrick Mahomes when they recognized him as a transcendent talent. Mahomes backed Smith up for his rookie season and when the Chiefs officially plateaued with Smith under center, Mahomes took over became the NFL MVP in his first year starting.
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“Yeah. He’s going to be our quarterback,” Gruden told the NFL Network’s Jim Trotter at the Annual League Meeting. “I’m not going to address all the rumors. I could care less about the rumors. He threw for 4,100 yards. Threw for almost 70 percent in a very dire, tough circumstance. So I’ve got a lot of confidence in Carr; what he can do with Antonio Brown, with Tyrell Williams, with Trent Brown coming in here to help our offensive line.”
The Browns are seeking an exception for Kareem Hunt, hoping to work out an agreement with the NFL so the running back can remain with the team during his suspension, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
It is finally official: The Raiders will play at the Oakland Coliseum this season and have the option to return in 2020 should the team’s $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas not be ready.
NFL owners voted unanimously to approve the team’s lease at the league’s meetings here on Monday.
”It was unanimous. There was almost an abstention,” cracked Raiders owner Mark Davis.
Long story short: The pecking order below is the marriage of various assessments on the talent and depth at each position. And No. 1’s a surprise to nobody who’s been following this draft class ...
1) Interior defensive line: Defensive tackle has been held up as this draft’s strong suit, and for good reason -- the position could produce as many as seven or eight of the top 50 players selected in this year’s draft. Guys like Quinnen Williams, Christian Wilkins, Ed Oliver, Dexter Lawrence and Jeffery Simmons have received plenty of attention as first-round candidates, and the position’s riches will spill into Day 2 of the draft.
2) Edge: Allen and Montez Sweat have huge upside, but Nick Bosa might be the safer (though less explosive) option. Depending on whether or not teams reach for rushers, the strength of this position should be from about pick No. 24 until the end of the third round.
Peter King of NBC Sports reported Monday that Rosenhaus received a call from Pats head coach Bill Belichick to check on Gronk’s status Thursday, and Rosenhaus urged the three-time Super Bowl champion to make a final decision. The result was an Instagram post Sunday announcing his retirement.
”It’s time. I just won another championship. I’m going out on top,” Gronkowski told Rosenhaus, according to King. “I just want to do nothing for a while. I just want to be me. I just want to have fun.”
The Buffalo Bills made another move Monday to solidify their depth at cornerback by signing E.J. Gaines, the team announced.
Gaines, who spent 2017 with the Bills and 2018 with Cleveland, agreed to a one-year deal. He’s the second veteran free-agent cornerback added this month, joining former No. 1 draft choice Kevin Johnson, signed away from the Houston Texans on a one-year contract.
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The Browns have also been a landing spot for former Chiefs since Dorsey arrived in Cleveland back in 2017. Kareem Hunt, Demetrius Harris, Terrance Mitchell, Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann are all examples of former Chiefs who are currently listed on the Browns’ roster.
The Browns could also use a safety, and bringing in Berry may make sense if they can come to a fair agreement. Yahoo! Sports indicated last week that it is too early in the process to expect Berry to accept a “bargain deal.”
The National Football League has announced its opening-night game for the 2019 season, and it is a departure from the norm. The opening game won’t feature the Super Bowl champions as is typical but rather the Green Bay Packers taking on the Chicago Bears as part of a celebration of the NFL’s 100th season. The Packers and Bears were among the league’s first franchises dating back to 1920-21.
SCHRAGER: “There’s obviously reason for concern here. Dee Ford led the league in forced fumbles last year, and Eric Berry was not only the defensive leader but he was the locker room guy and you’re losing important players both on and off the field. I will say this—Brett Veach, their general manager—and I talked to him for a long time in the lobby [Sunday], they might not be done. This guy is a riverboat gambler in every sense of the word, and you mentioned the (Patrick) Mahomes deal. Everybody was raising their eyebrows at the Super Bowl two years ago when they traded Alex Smith, and think about to the draft before when they drafted Mahomes and traded up to 10th overall after Alex Smith had that year. I don’t think the offseason is done and I don’t think the Kansas City Chiefs are done.”
UPDATE: Monday, 11:38 a.m. Arrowhead Time
The Chiefs make the signing of fullback Anthony Sherman official, via their Twitter account. Another year of the fullback position for Andy Reid in Kansas City.
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