Sometimes the Word document opens and the fingers just go. The story is clear in the mind and before too long it’s clear on the page, too. It’s not easy, necessarily. But it’s simple.
This is one of the other times.
Yesterday, Tyreek Hill was a football superstar on the verge of signing a massive contract. Today, he is an American tragedy.
The Chiefs are left embarrassed, their reputation as a place where second chances go to die now undeniable. The organization promotes itself as community focused. Now that reads like an awful joke.
One position priority was filled for the Chiefs with this week’s trade for defensive end Frank Clark. Another one remains on the defensive side.
And perhaps now at wide receiver as the Tyreek Hill drama continues to unfold.
Look for the Chiefs to strongly consider the secondary when they likely enter the draft in the second round on Friday.
Potential fallout with the Chiefs and NFL
There is no urgency for the NFL to act, however, since training camp is a few months away. The NFL can take its time to collect facts, interview witnesses and make sure its conclusions are as accurate as possible. Particularly in the wake of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson off-field conduct issues (Rice dragged his fiancée and Peterson beat his four-year-old son with a tree branch), the league knows that its image with fans and sponsors is affected by perceptions of players committing violent crimes.
DG: I assume you were a video game fan growing up. Be honest, did you prefer NCAA or Madden?
PM: I went back and forth, honestly. I was a big NCAA fan but I was better at Madden when I was growing up. I was a thing where NCAA was kind of a trendy thing at some points, and then it was Madden that we were all-in on at some points.
With the pick the Seahawks acquired in a trade for defensive end Frank Clark, the Seahawks added a defensive end to their defense, picking TCU defensive end L.J. Collier.
Collier, who is 6-foot-2, 291 pounds, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior, recording six sacks, 42 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss, and four pass breakups.
The Seahawks wanted to pick up more draft picks, and they picked up a big one when they got the Chiefs’ first-round pick in the Frank Clark trade. But in a demonstration of just how low on draft picks the Seahawks were heading into this week, they’re still in the bottom half of the league in draft capital.
René Bugner calculated the total value of all draft picks for all 32 teams, using both the point value on Jimmy Johnson’s famous draft chart, and on the updated chart that Chase Stuart developed in 2012. Both charts show the Seahawks in the bottom half of the league: 21st in the former and 22nd in the latter.
In a recent interview with Sirius XM radio, Lock discussed his hopes for playing for the Chiefs one day.
“I remember where I was at when they picked Patrick and I was pretty upset,” said Lock. “You know, you grow up liking a team, you wanna go play for them. Like you said, the only thing left to do is hopefully play them and hopefully beat them in Kansas City … It’d be crazy to go back home and play them. That’d be awesome.”
Around the league
Missouri QB Drew Lock is one of the key storylines to follow on Day 2 of the draft.
Here are the best players available at the start of the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft:
After months of subterfuge, wielding a smoke screen as thick as pea soup in an attempt to convince the football sphere they weren’t going to do what everyone thought they were going to do, the Cardinals made the presumptive first pick a quarterback believed to fit perfectly into Kingsbury’s Air Raid system.
Jacobs ranked as NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s eighth-best draft prospect of the league’s annual selection process, easily topping the 2019 class of running backs.
New general manager Mike Mayock has thrown the draft’s first curveball, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport predicted earlier this week.
The 6-foot-5, 221-pound Jones has a connection to Manning through Duke coach David Cutcliff, who coached both Eli and Peyton Manning in college and still remains tight with the brothers. Jones has developed a relationship with Eli and Peyton through Cutcliff and having attended the Manning Passing Academy multiple times.
Pete Prisco grades the first 32 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft
The first round of this NFL Draft is over. It is several years too soon to know which teams made out well and which failed miserably. But this is America, so we’re not going to wait for players’ careers to unfold before passing judgments on them and the teams that picked them. The following is a non-exhaustive collection of winners and non-winners.
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Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach announced that wide receiver Tyreek Hill would “not partake in any team activities” for the “foreseeable future” in a statement after round one of the NFL Draft late Thursday night.
The network explained this was new information the Johnson County District Attorney did not have prior to his Wednesday press conference.
The reigning MVP becomes the first current Chiefs player in franchise history to earn the cover.
Clark’s contract has many of the same characteristics found in other contracts negotiated by Brett Veach
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