Chiefs won’t ignore offense this year
The Chiefs will have a more balanced draft than last year, when they took defensive players with their top five picks. They have too many needs, now and in the future, on the offensive side of the ball. The Chiefs can use help at wide receiver, running back, tight end and on the offensive line. -- Adam Teicher
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Well things certainly changed for the 1019 draft with the trade for Frank Clark so it takes away the Chiefs 1st round pick. They also give up a 2nd rounder next year and swap with the Seahawks in the third round.
Even without much action on Thursday, the first night of the draft, the Chiefs have managed to bring in some decent players with their second-round picks and the compensation from those first-round trades.
Las Vegas will host the 2020 draft, a way to jump-start the arrival of the Raiders to the city. That’s fine, but after that, the NFL should avoid glamorous locales and focus on putting this in the markets that have served it, places where something like a draft would be a huge deal.
Cleveland. Buffalo. Detroit. Denver. Pittsburgh. Kansas City. Green Bay. Baltimore. And so on.
Kansas City Chiefs: QB Todd Blackledge
The former Penn State star completed 49.1 percent of his passes in five disappointing seasons with the Chiefs before he finished his career as a backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The worst part? When Blackledge was drafted, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino remained on the board.
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Financials of the deal have yet to be reported. Roethlisberger was set to enter the 2019 campaign on the final year of a four-year, $87.6 million extension signed in 2015. The new extension now locks Big Ben in Pittsburgh through 2021.
According to Redskins beat writer Grant Paulsen, team owner Daniel Snyder has”taken over the first round of the draft” for Washington, which means things could get crazy. The last time Snyder decided to take things into his own hands came in 2012, when the Redskins mortgaged their future to trade up and grab Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. In that deal, Washington sent three first-round selections (2012, 2013 and 2014) to the Rams, along with a 2012 second-round selection, so they could move up and get RG3.
With the three-day NFL draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.
Harris has requested a new contract or a trade, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. While the Broncos aren’t obligated to do anything, it’s an interesting wrinkle to draft week.
The most accurate kicker in NFL history is now the highest-paid one. Justin Tucker signed a four-year extension Wednesday that will keep him with the Baltimore Ravens through the 2023 season, the team announced.
Four times in the past six seasons, Spielman has spent a first or second-round pick on a cornerback. Three of those corners have been first-rounders, including Mike Hughes in 2018.
“Everybody has angst [this time of year],” Spielman said Tuesday, via the team’s official website. “My wife ... she said, ‘If you draft another corner, don’t come home. You can just stay at the office.’”
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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Johnson County District attorney Steve Howe announced that no criminal charges will be filed against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee Crystal Espinal.
The Chiefs traded the 29th overall pick and a 2020 second-rounder for defensive end Frank Clark. Let’s talk about how that impacts the draft.
Barnwell thinks the Chiefs gave up too much in the deal that brings Clark to Kansas City.
One-sentence bio: Started three out of four years at Maryland showing his versatility by playing all over the secondary before being voted the practice player of the week at the Senior Bowl for defensive backs.
One-sentence scouting report: Highly instinctive, versatile missile that flies all around the field playing much bigger than his size shows.
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