Ogbah certainly will be motivated to perform in 2019.
He’s in the last year of his four-year, $6.6 million deal. An unrestricted free agent in 2020, he could cash in if he puts up big numbers for the Chiefs, particularly as a defensive end.
To make the big bucks, Ogbah will have to play like he did at Oklahoma State. The Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, he recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, including 12.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. As a sophomore the previous year, he had 10 sacks.
Biggest Need: Cornerback
Hidden Need: Edge Rusher
Also Looking For: Defensive Line
Who They Can Get: It’s not a top-heavy cornerback class, but it is fairly deep. Georgia’s Deandre Baker and Washington’s Byron Murphy, both undersized cover artists, could make it to the end of Round 1, and if the Chiefs would prefer a big press corner Kentucky’s Lonnie Johnson or Clemson’s Trayvon Mullen are options. If he’s still on the board, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell could fill an edge spot and upgrade the run defense.
The Chiefs could use a running back, wide receiver and tight end for the offense. Four-time pro bowler Travis Kelce turns 30 in October and Kansas City would like an apprentice to learn under Kelce’s tutelage. Here are some potential options when the pick arises:
“I don’t believe Aaron Rodgers is the most dynamic player. I think Patrick Mahomes going forward is the most dynamic player.”
While with the Chiefs, John Dorsey traded up five times. One of those, in the 2017 draft, was the trade with the Bills to move from 27 to 10 in the first round and draft quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Along with swapping first-rounders, the Bills received the Chiefs’ third-rounder (91) and 2018 first-rounder (22). Dorsey only traded down twice while with the Chiefs.
There are three active receivers who have been in the league at least three years and been top-24 PPR finishers every year of their career. Michael Thomas is one, and he’s not relevant to today’s conversation. The other two, unsurprisingly because they’re in this space, are Hill and Evans.
Prorate their careers over a single season and things are pretty similar. Each has a third- and a ninth-place finish. Evans has averaged 1,221 yards from scrimmage; Hill has averaged 1,244. Evans has averaged 79 receptions, Hill 74. Hill has the advantage in touchdowns, 9.7 to 8.0. But overall, the two have ended up in largely the same places.
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Cooper, 25, is a Stony Brook product who overcame a lot just to make it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He’s spent time in Kansas City and Indianapolis but has yet to play in an NFL game.
Around the league
The NFL and NFL Players Association have added 11 helmets to their joint list of approved equipment for 2019 while eliminating a grace period for other models that have fallen short in laboratory testing, engineers and executives representing both groups said Friday.
Adam Thielen has evolved into a go-to receiver and is about to be paid like one.
When Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace said that kicker would be a “position of emphasis,” he wasn’t joking around. The Bears are pushing their positional battle to the limit by bringing in a third kicker, this time out of the Alliance of American Football: Elliott Fry.
Chung and the Patriots have agreed to a one-year extension through the 2021 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the deal. Rapoport added Saturday that with his extension, Chung is set to make $6 million after he was set to earn a base salary of $2.4 million with bonuses taking it up to almost $3 million. It will be the safety’s fourth extension with the franchise that drafted him 10 years ago out of Oregon.
If Mayock and Gruden are smart they’ll take what’s behind door No. 1 and afford Carr one more season to try and show he can lead the silver and black back to respectability. While the 28-year-old isn’t cheap (Carr will make $20 million in 2019) and is coming off just a so-so season, building around him in advance of a deeper 2020 class at quarterback is the way to go.
Jon Gruden has three first-rounders and an itch to trade. Bill Belichick has 12 picks and could pick up more. What does this mean for the rest of the league.
Take a quick look at the sports’ top-line attributes. Football collisions have famously been compared to car crashes. There are no weight classes there, either, with 300-plus-pound players regularly crushing opponents 100 pounds lighter than them. At the same time, football players wear helmets and pads; fighters don’t. Football doesn’t have flying knees, either.
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That is why I like PFF’s suggestion that the Chiefs may be ahead of the curve — where in today’s league (based upon analytics), coverage matters much more than pass rush. That is probably why the Chiefs were willing to spend $12 million of cap space for a year of Earl Thomas.
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This year, the Arrowhead Pride draft team worked together to come up with our plan of attack. We used the KC Draft Guide to help us navigate and make our selections. The board was not kind to the Kansas City Chiefs, but we navigated it.
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