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2019 NFL Draft: Ideal top two picks for all 32 teams | NFL

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

» Round 1: No. 29 overall -- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

» Round 2: No. 61 -- D’Andre Walker, edge, Georgia

Ya-Sin is a hard-nosed cornerback with agile feet and football character that will permeate the building. After parting with Dee Ford (who played at Auburn) and Justin Houston (Georgia), the Chiefs could go back to the SEC well for an explosive edge rusher with plus upside in Walker.

The NFL’s best red-zone quarterbacks in 2018 | Pro Football Focus

4. PATRICK MAHOMES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – 79.1 RED-ZONE GRADE

Mahomes’ ascendence to the big time wasn’t just underlined by the litany of beautifully thrown deep passes and highlight-reel ‘no-look’ throws, it was also propped up from some great red-zone play. On a league-leading 126 red-zone dropbacks, Mahomes completed 70-of-108 attempts for 514 yards, 37 touchdowns, and just one interception, while his 111.7 red-zone passer rating was good for fourth among players at the position.

Top 19 NFL games of 2019: Cowboys, Chiefs, Pats dominate list | NFL

2) Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots: K.C. will no longer have to account for Rob Gronkowski, which will actually make a huge difference in the run game -- that’s where New England produced much of its damage in the 2018 postseason. Meanwhile, the Chiefs will be trying to pass-rush by committee, which means they’ll probably play numbers on the back end most of the game. Both losses to the Pats last year came because of the pass rush -- the first on a phantom-sack-turned-Brady-touchdown-toss, the second on a neutral-zone infraction. This season’s version should be another close deal.

Pat Mahomes has been everywhere lately. How he’s keeping his image and brand on track | Kansas City Star

“I’ve surrounded myself with a lot of great people in my agency and in this facility and we know what kind of person I want to be seen as, the kind of person I actually am,” Mahomes said. “I want to make sure I align myself with the people that are on the same page.

“It’s a great match. We’re all together and we all have the same vision.”

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Bold Trade by Broncos Shakes Up First Round | Bleacher Report

29. Kansas City Chiefs | DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

This would be something of a nightmare scenario for the Chiefs, who traded Dee Ford and released Justin Houston in the offseason—a first round filled with edge-rushers who all get snatched up before the team picks at No. 29...Rather than reach for a pass-rusher here, the Chiefs should instead add a piece to a defensive backfield that needs help every bit as much as the pass rush.

As D. Orlando Ledbetter reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker has an opinion about who serves as the best player at his position in this draft class: Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker.

Tyrann Mathieu Says Russell Wilson ‘Wants New York’ Amid Trade Rumors | Complex

When the Chiefs traded for Tyrann Mathieu they were hoping to add more personality and star power to their struggling secondary. Although he has yet to play a down of football in Arrowhead, Mathieu has been using social media to help fulfill his purpose.

On Sunday, the talented safety added his two cents to the ongoing commotion surrounding Russell Wilson’s future with the Seattle Seahawks. In a quote tweet, Mathieu fueled speculations that the Seahawks’ franchise quarterback wants out to exchange Seattle’s small market limitations for the glitz and glamour of the Big Apple.

”Russ wants New York,” Mathieu stated. “But you ain’t hear that from T.”

Nick Jacobs: Best interior offensive line fits for Chiefs in 2019 NFL Draft | 41 KSHB

Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach spent last offseason adding developmental pieces along the interior of the offensive line last season, anticipating the loss of Mitch Morse.

It wasn’t an accident that the Chiefs extended contracts for Cameron Erving and Austin Reiter before the 2018 season and signed Jimmy Murray and Ryan Hunter after the draft.

Kansas City has provided ample time for two other guards Andrew Wylie and Kahlil McKenzie to develop.

Around the league

Eli Manning figures Giants will draft QB of future | ESPN

“Yeah, I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback. So I understand that,” Manning said Monday, on a day when Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making his top-30 visit at the team’s facility and the Giants began their offseason workout program. “I still have to do my job, and I’ll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games. That is what I’ll do.”

Russell Wilson’s agent negotiating as deadline looms | NFL

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, has been on the ground in Seattle for the last three days to negotiate with team management, per a source informed of the situation. Sides continue to work with the deadline looming.

Report: Julio Jones Not at Falcons Workouts, ‘Not a Concern’ amid Contract Talks | Bleacher Report

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not at the team’s offseason training program Monday as the two sides continue negotiating a long-term contract.

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reported Jones’ absence is “not a concern.” The veteran did not attend voluntary sessions last offseason, either, and told McClure he plans to report when workouts become mandatory.

Marcus Peters, Dante Fowler absent from start of Rams’ offseason workouts | NBC Sports

“Certainly, it is voluntary and we understand that,” McVay said. “But as long as we just know they’re in a good place or what’s going on with them. . . . [Fowler and Peters will] be here once they get some of those things taken care of that they had to do.”

Andrew Luck says this is ‘probably the best offseason I’ve ever had’ | Yahoo! Sports

That should be welcome news for Colts fans, who constantly worried about the state of Luck’s shoulder last offseason.

Luck was able to put those fears to rest during the year, throwing 39 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. Luck also threw for 4,593 yards on a career-high 639 passing attempts in 2018. That was enough to earn him another trip to the Pro Bowl as well as the AP Comeback Player of the Year award.

Report: Raiders expected to pass on QB in first round | NBC Sports

The Raiders, though, are not expected to use a first-day choice on a quarterback, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“Behind the scenes, the option [of drafting a quarterback in the first round] has appeared remote at best. Today, the outcome would be considered a shocking pivot if it develops,” Gehlken writes.

Gehlken said it’s “conceivable” the Raiders could use a third-day choice on a quarterback.

Eagles’ Wentz says stress fracture is still healing | ESPN

“It’s still getting there. It’s still getting there,” Wentz said Monday at the start of the team’s offseason training program, when asked if the bone is fully healed. “Some of this stuff just takes time, but that’s not really the main concern. It’s just kind of how I feel, and I feel pretty good with where I’m at.”

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Could Seahawks DE Frank Clark be traded to the Chiefs?

After a report a couple of days ago from The Athletic’s Jay Glazer that said trade talks for Clark had “died down,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk essentially said not so fast on Sunday night.

Andy Reid responds to reporters’ questions about Tyreek Hill

“I know you’re going to potentially ask about Tyreek,” Reid said to reporters. “Tyreek is here. I don’t have anything further to tell you from the statement we put out. There’s been no new news on it and so I’m going to leave it at that. I have had a chance to say hello to him. I have done that, and again, see him in the meeting.”

Travis Kelce doesn’t know when he’ll be 100% back from ankle surgery — but can’t wait

”The ankle’s getting there,” he reported. “It feels good. I finally got the boot off on Friday. Everything feels good, and we’re on track.”

A year later, Chiefs may be getting a better version of cornerback Bashaud Breeland

“I like to be in your face and create turnovers,” Breeland said. “They’ve [the Chiefs] got a young group on defense that’s growing, and I feel like I can come here and help propel us to [being] a top defense.”

Andy Reid likes what he sees in Austin Reiter and Demarcus Robinson

Kansas City lost Mitch Morse and Chris Conley to free agency this offseason, but the Chiefs head coach didn’t seem all that worried on Monday.

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