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Arrowheadlines: Mock drafts continue to show Chiefs addressing secondary with first pick in April’s NFL Draft

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Charles Davis 2019 NFL mock draft 2.0: Bengals, Broncos go QB | NFL.com

No. 29 - Kansas City Chiefs - Greedy Williams - CB School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Tremendous blend of size, speed and length with good ball skills. He will be counted on to start from the moment his name is called in Nashville.

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Giants trade up with Jets to take Dwayne Haskins, Packers pounce as Quinnen Williams falls | CBS Sports

29 team logo CHIEFS Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Chiefs could go a lot of directions here, but I think they’ll address their defense before anything. Thompson is a talented player that could replace Eric Berry and give them a solid piece for the future of the defense.

NFL Draft needs: Chiefs | Yahoo! Sports

Defense: Especially with Steve Spagnuolo changing schemes from Bob Sutton, every position on Kansas City’s defense could use upgrades. The Chiefs lost top pass rusher Dee Ford (49ers), top CB Steven Nelson (Steelers), nine-sack edge rusher Justin Houston and SS Eric Berry this offseason. Since Spagnuolo’s defenses have succeeded only with stacked decks of exterior and interior disruptors, pass rush should be an obvious emphasis in Kansas City’s draft. Spagnuolo’s best defenses also emphasized speed and smarts over size at off-ball linebacker. Adding Ogbah is likely just the start.

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes launches foundation aimed at improving lives of children | CBS News

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he’s launching a foundation aimed at improving lives of children called “15 and the Mahomies.” The reigning NFL MVP made his announcement during an appearance Monday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Complete NFL Draft Grades for all 31* hats | SB Nation

I know it’s the city flag, but I have to dock points for reminding me of driving on a busy highway.

Draft Hat Grade: B-

Ask an expert: Browns Wire breaks down Emmanuel Ogbah’s fit with Chiefs | Chiefs Wire

“Ogbah is a tough player to project because he does several things well, but the one thing most teams will want him to do the most — rushing the passer — is the weakest part of his game,” Risdon explained.

NFL Draft 2019: Missouri’s Drew Lock better than Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins? Under the radar like Patrick Mahomes? | NJ.com

Forget the Pro Bowl. In his second season and first as a starter, Mahomes won 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player and was one drive away from ending a 50-year Super Bowl drought. Could history repeat in 2019?

With Gronk retired, who is the No. 1 tight end in the NFL? | ESPN In$ider

Defensive-minded head coach: “My mind immediately goes to which one is the hardest to guard. Kelce is a little longer, a little faster [than Ertz].”

Mark Donovan: “Days like this would make Lamar proud” | Chiefs.com (VIDEO)

Mark Donovan previews the upcoming soccer game at Arrowhead Stadium between FC Bayern and AC Milan on July 23rd, 2019

How Does Cleveland Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah fit with the Kansas City Chiefs defense? | Carrington Harrison (VIDEO)

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to retool their defense and make moves after trading S Eric Murray to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for DE Emmanuel Ogbah.

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AAF suspends football operations with two weeks left in regular season | USA Today

The Alliance of American Football League is suspending football operations as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a person familiar with majority investor Tom Dundon’s plans. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the development.

As AAF suspends operations, let’s take a look at 10 players who’ve earned an NFL shot | CBS Sports

Keith Reaser, CB, Orlando Apollos

Other than Summers, Reaser has been the best corner in the AAF. Orlando is considered an offensive-minded team, but Reaser is a big reason why the Apollos rank second in passing defense and points allowed. He has three interceptions, two of which he’s taken back for touchdowns. He’s been one of the highest-graded corners from PFF, having allowed just a 21.2 passer rating through seven weeks.

The Value of NFL Veterans Falls, Replay Expansion is Good and Why Does Gronk Get a Pass? | Sports Illustrated

Players such as Michael Bennett, Robert Quinn, DeSean Jackson, Marcus Gilbert and Jordan Howard have been traded in the last couple of weeks for low round draft picks, some of which won’t even convey until 2020. Other recently productive and highly paid veterans such as Malik Jackson, Justin Houston, Dwayne Allen, Isaiah Crowell and Vinny Curry could not even muster a low draft pick, as each were released before signing with new teams. These players are being released or offered as part of “ham sandwich” trades, with teams getting anything they can rather than releasing them outright. Why is this happening?

Chris Harris will not report on first day of workouts | NFL.com

The Denver Broncos will begin offseason workouts without top corner Chris Harris Jr. The cornerback skipped the first day of offseason workouts on Tuesday, NFL Network’s James Palmer reported, per a source informed of the situation.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson wants new deal by April 15 | NFL.com

When it comes to securing a record-breaking contract extension, Russell Wilson is hoping a deadline will spur action.

Wilson has made it clear to the Seattle Seahawks that he wants a new deal by April 15, when Seattle begins its offseason program, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. The Seattle Times first reported the news.

Browns listening to offers for RB Duke Johnson | NFL.com

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson wants to be traded, but whether it happens sooner than later remains to be seen. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that the Browns are listening to offers, while NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero pointed out a potential trade has been in the works for weeks.

Nashville begins prep work to remove 10 cherry trees downtown for NFL Draft | The Tennessean

Metro Parks and Recreation officials are downtown on the Nashville waterfront and have begun prep work in anticipation of removing 10 Yoshino Cherry trees to make way for a giant stage for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Randall Lantz, a Metro Parks horticulturist, said crews were watering trees along the circle drive at Riverfront Park they plan to remove as early as Wednesday.

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Chiefs sign potential depth tight end, retain wide receiver Marcus Kemp

But like Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce, Bell is big — 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds. Also, like Kelce, Bell was a college quarterback before becoming a tight end. Through his junior year with the Sooners, he completed 150 passes on 253 attempts for 1763 yards, 12 touchdowns and only six interceptions — good for a passer rating of 128.7. He also rushed for 24 touchdowns as a quarterback before converting to tight end his senior year.

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