8) WR Demarcus Robinson (25)
Robinson was suspended four times during his college career at Florida, but he has seemingly kept out of trouble in his first four years in the NFL. Back in 2016, the Eagles brought in Robinson for a pre-draft visit, but the Chiefs snagged him in the fourth round of that draft. Of course, the Eagles had a limited number of early picks in that draft, as a result of trading up to grab Carson Wentz.
Kansas City Chiefs
Overall cap space: $13,215,224
Special teams: $6,815,000
Analysis: The Chiefs can fit the franchise tag for defensive tackle Chris Jones under their cap and have about $1 million to spare. From there, they’ll have to trim by restructuring contracts or releasing or trading players. The most obvious candidate is receiver Sammy Watkins. GM Brett Veach indicated recently the Chiefs likely would be unable to keep Watkins under his current deal, which costs the team $21 million against the cap. Once that’s resolved, the Chiefs can begin to move on to other plans. — Adam Teicher
Jonathan Taylor - RB
School: Wisconsin | Year: Junior
This spot could easily be filled by a corner (LSU’s Kristian Fulton?). Remember, Chiefs RB1 Damien Williams, who could have been the Super Bowl MVP, was an undrafted free agent. But in this scenario, Kansas City can’t pass on Taylor, who ran a very impressive 4.39 40 at the combine. He showed he can handle the full run game at 226 pounds and would fit K.C.’s offense well.
32. Kansas City (12-4) — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama, Sr.
Both Beshaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller are set to become free agents. Diggs (Stefon’s little brother) is still raw, but he features elite size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) and a physicality that burdens receivers. Top needs: CB, RB, OG
Even if the Bears drafted Mahomes, which nobody expected at the time, would he have been this type of player for the Monsters of the Midway? Though Mahomes has the best right arm in football, he landed in the perfect situation like Kansas City and play for an incredible offensive mind as his head coach in Andy Reid.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the answer is. The Bears didn’t draft Mahomes. They took Trubisky. They have to live with the choice.
To be fair to Love, he showed far more than Allen when it came to actual college production. But most of it came in the middle of the 2018 season, and he struggled just as much as Allen against power conference defenses. (In three games against P5s, he threw eight interceptions and produced just a 117.7 passer rating.) Still, his sophomore season in 2018 was, in terms of raw numbers, pretty comparable to Mahomes’ sophomore season at Texas Tech.
Around the NFL
Philip Rivers, QB: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3.6 wins)
During Rivers’ final season with the Chargers, his wide receivers averaged just 2.4 yards of separation at the time of pass arrival, which ranked second-to-last in the NFL, according to NGS. This means the passes Rivers threw had to be incredibly precise — and it also helps explain his uptick in interceptions in 2019, when he threw 20 picks, from 2018 (when he had 12, and Bolts WRs averaged 2.6 yards of separation) and ‘17 (when he had 10, and they ranked sixth with 2.9), as less separation typically leads to more turnovers. Further, injuries to tight ends and offensive linemen have hamstrung Rivers over the past several seasons. Tampa Bay’s receivers averaged 13.9 air yards per target last season (best in the NFL, per NGS). One way to read my model here is that the data says it’s more probable the 38-year-old Rivers will execute a high-volume passing game with fewer turnovers in Bruce Arians’ system in Tampa. Upgrading the 24th-ranked run game — which the Bucs should be able to do, given they currently have the fourth-most projected cap space at $79.9 million — would help any potential quarterback.
The NFL said Thursday it has “no plans to move the start of the league year” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The league, however, canceled its annual meeting that was scheduled to be held in West Palm Beach, Florida, from March 29 through April 1.
The league said “full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters” will take place at the spring meeting scheduled for May 19-20 in Marina Del Ray, California. Head coaches and general managers will participate in the meeting, the league said.
3. Chicago Bears
The Bears are looking for a veteran quarterback to challenge Mitchell Trubisky this offseason. There isn’t a better option that can get the best out of Trubisky, and provide a legitimate challenge for him, than Foles. There is familiarity with Foles and Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who was the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator the year Foles was with the Chiefs (2016). Nagy is brought some variations of the Chiefs offense with him to Chicago — the same concepts Foles succeeded with in Kansas City and Philadelphia.
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