Round 2 - Pick 9 (41) Mock Trade from Cleveland Browns
A.J. Terrell CB
Kansas City trades down and still gets a big-play cornerback.
Round 3 - Pick 33 (97) Mock Trade from Cleveland Browns
Amik Robertson CB
Robertson is undersized but he was one of the most physical CBs in the country last season.
A.J. Terrell - CB
School: Clemson | Year: Junior
Highest-rated corner available in this simulation. Boosting the CB group creates the most value for the Chiefs overall, and Terrell’s Clemson resume projects for high value in a Steve Spagnuolo defense.
Kansas City Chiefs (Brinson): RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
Kansas City needs to upgrade their secondary and offensive line but running back is really interesting to me. They have not had a dynamic player there consistently since Priest Holmes and Jamaal Charles. Kareem Hunt was a good option short-term but this gives them a more reliable long-term fit.
Is Rams-Chiefs the greatest NFL regular season game?
There are some worthy contenders, including the aforementioned 49ers-Bills game in 1992 and the Broncos-Cowboys thriller in 2013. The Miracle at the Meadowlands II, with DeSean Jackson’s punt return touchdown on the final play capping a crazy comeback for the Eagles over the Giants in 2010, was fantastic. John Elway and Joe Montana dueling on “Monday Night Football” at Mile High Stadium in 1994 is up there. The 1985 Miami Dolphins beating the undefeated Chicago Bears is remembered fondly, and though it was not a great game (the Dolphins dominated from the start) it was memorable. Earl Campbell shredding the Miami Dolphins on “MNF” is up there. Had more people watched rookie Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson put on a high-flying show in a 2017 Texans-Seahawks thriller, it would be higher on these lists.
5. A round trip from Kansas City to Miami (non-stop)
If the Chiefs wanted to head back to South Beach to relive their Super Bowl triumph, they’d have to take a layover in Atlanta.
4. Priest Holmes, Kansas City Chiefs (2002) - 440.7 points
Holmes arguably has two of the top 10 seasons of all time, but for the sake of this article, we had to choose one season per player. Although he secured more fantasy points in 2003, it was his 2002 campaign that was truly mind boggling. Outside of Faulk, Holmes was the only other player to average more fantasy points per game than Tomlinson’s historic 2006 season. The 29-year-old produced 1,615 yards on 313 carries and 21 rushing touchdowns. Holmes was also a weapon in the passing game, hauling in 70 passes for 672 yards and an additional three touchdowns. Despite missing two games, I don’t think fantasy owners were complaining about his 31.48 fantasy points per game. Simply a historic season.
Around the NFL
1. New England Patriots
The Pats are the favorites until proven otherwise, but New England may have just gone from the division’s best quarterback situation to its worst. Brady’s move to Tampa leaves the team’s current QB depth chart in some order of Jarrett Stidham, Cody Kessler, and, once again, Brian Hoyer.
Brady struggled with an underwhelming cast of targets last season. So far, head coach and general manager Bill Belichick has done little to fix that, with Byrd as the only new face. His 32 catches last season with the Cardinals were a career high by a mile.
Whomever takes the reins at quarterback will have to hope 2019 additions N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu improve. With limited spending room thanks to the $13.5 million in dead cap Brady left behind, any major upgrades will likely have to come in the draft — where the Patriots have four of the top 100 picks, but no second-rounder due to last year’s Sanu trade.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2019 record: 8-8)
It won’t be easy to win an AFC North inhabited by the near-perfect Ravens, but I refuse to listen to wind about the Browns or Bengals until they achieve something special in a calendar month beyond August. Pairing continued growth from younger wideouts Diontae Johnson and James Washington with a healthy Roethlisberger, the Steelers — a .500 squad with the Football Gods dropping unholy fire in 2019 — make for a solid playoff entry in 2020.
Why they might stumble: Perhaps Big Ben truly has gone all Henry David Thoreau on us?
He said a return by training camp would likely be based on a model in which the country was shut down for four months.
”Now, if that happens, you’re really great,” he said. “What will those training camps look like? You know, we’re encouraging scenario planning to say no non-essential people at training camp — including crowds, for example. There’s non-essential people from the club standpoint; then the fewer people available that might be carriers of the virus.”
“It was right there in our hands, and all we had to do was squeeze it and grab it (in Super Bowl LIV), and we let up,” Day told reporters on his introductory conference call last week (via Colts.com). “So ultimately we have a chip on our shoulders and we know how to get there, and now we know what to do to overcome that shortcoming that we had.”
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Meanwhile, the salary cap reporting site OverTheCap lists the Chiefs with minus $255,452 in space — that is, more than a quarter of a million dollars over the salary cap.
The competing site Spotrac shows the team with minus $1,697,961 in space.
Our own calculation — which is based on Spotrac’s numbers, but also includes our best estimate of the contracts reported to have been signed that are not yet included in Spotrac’s total — shows the team with minus $2,240,045.
Why do these numbers vary so widely?
Some of it is that Spotrac and OverTheCap just have different numbers in their calculations. Doing a quick side-by-side comparison of them on Monday morning, I found 24 cases where the amounts they report for base salary, prorated bonus, roster and workout bonuses — and so on — differ. Some of these differences are small. Others are larger — and can add up to a significant difference in the cap space each site reports.
A tweet to make you think
Since Chiefs-Rams MNF classic on Nov. 19, 2018:— Evan Kaplan (@EpKap) March 31, 2020
52 TD, 9 Int
Chiefs are 18-6
29 TD, 24 Int
Rams are 14-10
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