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Drafting Patrick Mahomes: How the Chiefs outmaneuvered the NFL | ESPN

If the NFL were to do the 2017 draft over, Mahomes would be the No. 1 overall pick. In his first season as a starter in 2018, Mahomes became the second quarterback in league history to throw for 50 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards. The Chiefs advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time in 25 years, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Chad Reuter 2019 seven-round NFL mock draft: Round 1 | NFL

29) Kansas City Chiefs| Garrett Bradbury - C | School: N.C. State | Year: Senior (RS)

Replacing Mitch Morse won’t be easy, but Bradbury is an experienced and agile lineman worthy of the challenge.

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs choose Nasir Adderley | Bleeding Green Nation

Kansas City got the ball rolling by signing CB Bashaud Breeland and S Tyrann Mathieu, which immediately boosts the secondary. But they need more. Enter Nasir Adderley. Together with Mathieu, the two-headed monster brings a big upgrade in talent along with a new attitude mixed with a batch of swagger to the secondary.

Entering NFL draft, Chiefs’ offseason already defined by radical defensive changes | Kansas City Star

With Mahomes now a known and infinitely promising commodity, the rejuvenating part of this offseason is how they went all-in on trying to maximize his potential. They purged defensive staff, with Steve Spagnuolo taking over for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, churned out aging favorites Justin Houston and Eric Berry and ushered in a galvanizing force in safety Tyrann Mathieu.

NFL draft: Ranking every quarterback class of this millennium | NFL

7) 2017 | Round 1: Mitchell Trubisky (No. 2), Patrick Mahomes (No. 10), Deshaun Watson (No. 12)

A rising class that could wind up near the top of this list before long. Patrick Mahomes is a raging star as the league’s reigning MVP, while Deshaun Watson just earned his first Pro Bowl bid. These are the faces of pro football’s future, while Mitchell Trubisky showed moments of promise under Bears coach Matt Nagy. All three tugged their teams into January and should be expected to do the same in 2019.

First-round trades that have worked out in the past | Pro Football Focus

With Alex Smith about to enter his 13th NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs targeted Texas Tech signal caller Patrick Mahomes as the heir apparent and the team took their shot by trading the 27th overall pick, a third-round pick, and their 2018 first-round pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the 10th overall selection.

The returns thus far have been priceless. After sitting behind Smith during his rookie year, Mahomes lit the league on fire in 2018, completing 383-of-580 regular-season attempts for 5097 passing yards, a league-leading 50 touchdown passes, a league-leading 46 big-time throws, a league-leading 8.8 yards per attempt, a league-leading 134.2 passer rating from a clean pocket, and the league’s second-best overall grade (92.9).

Around the league

NFL Draft 2019 Rumors: Kyler Murray Won’t Be Taken at No. 1 by Cardinals | Bleacher Report’s Pete Prisco reported Sunday that Cardinals ownership wanted to float the idea of selecting Murray as a way to excite the fanbase and sell tickets. However, Arizona is now “pulling back” on its interest in the Heisman Trophy winner.

Source: Seahawks want 1st-rounder for DE Clark | ESPN

The Seattle Seahawks are still considering trading defensive end Frank Clark, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

In return, the Seahawks would want any package to include at least a first-round pick in next week’s NFL draft, the source said.

Ben Watson having second thoughts about retirement | NBC Sports

Watson, who indicated at the end of last season that it would be his last, is thinking he might play this year after all, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

A free agent who spent last season with the Saints, Watson would apparently play if he gets the right offer from the right team.

Kareem Jackson plays safety during Broncos camp | NFL

”We played him at safety in this camp, for the reason that there’s more to learn at safety than there is at corner,” Fangio said. “He’s played much more corner in his career, so I wanted him to get more work in this camp -- all of his work -- at the safety position, to feel comfortable there.”

Niners LT Joe Staley ‘not worried’ about contract year | NFL

“I’ve made it very clear to everybody that I want to play as long as I can,” Staley said this week, per the Sacramento Bee. “I still love the game, still feel like I can play at a high level. Still feel like I’m valued on the football team. I know it’s my last year under contract, but I’m not worried about that. I’m just going to go out there and try and do everything I can to help us win games with this team.”

The Eight Most-Telling NFL Team Draft Tendencies | The Ringer

Every front office has its own predictable set of patterns and traits that it seeks out year after year: the Vikings and their early-round cornerbacks, the Steelers and highly skilled wideouts. What could those preferences tell us about the 2019 draft?

Five NFL General Managers Under the Most Pressure on Draft Day | Sports Illustrated

General managers can, generally, survive handing out a few bad contracts. What eventually catches up to most every GM that gets fired are bad draft classes that pile up.

With a hard salary cap, there’s virtually no way to compete in the NFL without drafting well and getting quality players on relatively cheap deals. Because of that, let’s look at the five NFL GMs feeling the most pressure heading into Thursday night.

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One-sentence scouting report: Freak athlete with wildly long arms that can use his strength to beat offensive tackles in run defense and rushing the passer.

Report: The Raiders are obsessing over security prior to this week’s NFL draft

Head coach Jon Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock don’t know who they can trust

Selecting the pool of players from which the Chiefs might draft

We did a snake-style draft of 44 players we think could be selected by the Chiefs. Whoever has the most chosen next week will be the winner. If they’re lucky, the winner will only have two or three players picked.

NFL Mock Draft: a scenario in which the Chiefs go offense first

This scenario isn’t simply taking an offensive player to help keep the talent level high but rather emphasizing offense while expecting some needs on the defensive side of the ball to improve through moves already made.

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