“I have a couple teams that I’m looking at,” McCoy said in a recent interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I’m just waiting for the right moment. This stuff is tricky right now, because there’s no visits. There’s no real activities with the teams as much as it used to be. The thing I can control is just making the right choice, going to an offense that fits. I want to go to a team that’s a winning franchise that have all the right pieces that’s waiting for me. The teams I’m looking at right now are those teams. I look forward to probably after the draft or right before the draft, signing on with a team.”
- Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson, who was drafted with the 189th overall pick in 2003, went on to play in the most games (72) in a Chiefs’ uniform of any sixth-round pick in franchise history.
- In addition to Wilkerson, Duvernay-Tardif (2014), offensive tackle Zach Fulton (2014), defensive tackles Derrick Ransom (1998) and Tom Barndt (1995), fullback James Saxon (1988) and defensive back Kerry Reardon (1971) all played in at least 50 games for Kansas City.
The AFC West wasn’t very competitive a season ago, as the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) ran away with the division by a whopping five games over the Broncos (7-9) and Raiders (7-9). William Hill Sportsbook lists the Chiefs as the -450 favorites to repeat in the latest 2020 AFC West odds. All three challengers, however, have made major moves at quarterback in an effort to close the gap.
The 2020 NFL odds show the Las Vegas Raiders at +850 in the AFC West odds after they brought in Marcus Mariota to challenge Derek Carr, while the Broncos (+1000) are turning their offense over to Drew Lock after Joe Flacco struggled in 2019. The Chargers (+1000) currently have Tyrod Taylor atop their depth chart, but could make a splash with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Before making any 2020 NFL picks, be sure to check out the 2020 AFC West predictions and best bets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
8. TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs
Pick No. 63 in 2013 NFL Draft
Travis Kelce, Jason’s brother, barely clears our criteria, as he was the first pick of the third round in 2013. However, it would have been impossible to leave him out after the way he has dominated in the past five seasons.
Kelce fell in the 2013 draft after failing a drug test in college, which led to a year-long suspension in 2010 while at Cincinnati. But in Andy Reid’s first year coaching the Kansas City Chiefs, he took a chance on Kelce’s elite receiving potential.
After not catching a pass as a rookie and only appearing in one game, Kelce emerged as a star in 2014, grabbing 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns. He followed with a similar season in 2015, but this time, he earned his first Pro Bowl berth.
From that point on, Kelce was a star. From 2016 to 2019, he averaged 1,182 yards per season and seven touchdowns. He’s made the Pro Bowl in five straight seasons and was named an All-Pro twice during that span.
Kelce was at his best during Kansas City’s Super Bowl run last season, as he caught four touchdowns in the playoffs, three of which came against the Houston Texans in the divisional round. Kelce is the league’s best receiving tight end, and with Mahomes throwing him the football, he should continue to stack several more years of elite production onto his resume.
“My answer always is, ‘It’s pretty serious,’” Duvernay-Tardif said in a phone interview Thursday from Montreal. “I don’t want to come across as a public health expert, because I’m not. But this is serious.”
“We will know more in the next couple of weeks about what the next months will look like. The more data the public-health authorities are collecting, the better model (estimate) we will get. It’s for sure a crazy time.”
As much as he wants to, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Duvernay-Tardif is unable at this time to lend medical support to those on the pandemic’s front lines, in aiding those afflicted by the coronavirus. To be sure, now is a crucial time.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Zack Baun LB
K.C. would probably like to add to its secondary here, but does get a solid edge player in Baun that Steve Spagnuolo can use in multiple ways.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Round 1 - Pick 32
The Chiefs successfully retained 20 of 22 free agents and can approach the draft with little worry, which gives great flexibility in what they can do at No. 32. They’ll ask Damien Williams to shoulder more of the load at RB — considering he’s earned it — but losing Emmanuel Ogbah in free agency means replacing his 5.5 sacks from 2019. They’ll find Weaver is more than up to the task, and is fantastic value at the end of Round 1.
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OFFENSIVE LINE U.: NOTRE DAME
In was the closest race we had in the Position U. series. Notre Dame has only put 10 offensive linemen into the NFL over the past decade, but three became All-Pros, with a combined seven first-team All-Pro nods: guards Zack Martin (four) and Quenton Nelson (two), and tackle Ronnie Stanley. Wisconsin’s program has had 14 O-linemen enter the league since 2010, second only to Ohio State (16) during that span, including four first-round picks and two All-Pros (Travis Frederick and Ryan Ramczyk). Eleven Badgers linemen have gone on to start at least 10 games in the NFL. However, all that wasn’t quite enough.
One school nowhere near the top of our rankings is Clemson. Despite appearing in four national championship games in the past five years, Dabo Swinney’s program only had two offensive linemen drafted last decade, and none since the 49ers took guard Brandon Thomas with the 100th overall pick in 2014.
We have to assume this is the end for the XFL. It took two years of behind-the-scenes work to get the league up and running, and it has now laid off all the people who could potentially get it back up and running. The league likely lost most of the money that was supposed to seed a growing fan base.
As it turns out, it is very hard to start a football league. The rosters are big; insurance for football players is expensive; fan bases are hard to grow. I still think the most likely hope for a sustainable minor football league would be if the NFL decided it was willing to spend millions of dollars on player development; the league has shown little interest in doing so since folding its European branch in 2007.
15: Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Payne: After the Cardinals surprised everyone by taking Lamb at eighth overall despite trading for Hopkins, I wasn’t sure this pick was possible, especially with the Jets and Raiders picking back-to-back. Thankfully, the Jets went offensive line, the Raiders took Jerry Jeudy, and the wild card 49ers took Javon Kinlaw at 13th overall, leaving Ruggs for the Broncos.
Ruggs gives the Broncos a much-needed deep threat for Lock and his strong arm. Pairing Ruggs with Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton and 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant gives them a very young and explosive unit to challenge their AFC West rivals Kansas City Chiefs for the division title. Add in Melvin Gordon with Phillip Lindsay in the backfield, and you have a well-rounded offense.
This is the pick I entered this draft hoping to get and we ended up getting our guy.
“It was a shock. You know, I was confused and I didn’t really expect that,” Armstead said. “Super excited and happy for him. Me and him actually have been working out for a few weeks now, so we’ve been able to hang out and talk about it. God works in mysterious ways and we both believe things happen for a reason. It’s going to be weird not playing alongside each other anymore like we have done for about eight years, but I know he’s going to do amazing things up there with the Colts. I’m super happy for him.”
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Thomas, Dawson and Shields have deservedly seen a lot of attention on the lists of my fellow writers. Thomas is one of the first players to whom I was drawn as a young kid. I remember the day he passed away. Shields is quite possibly the greatest guard in the history of the league. No list would be complete withoout Dawson, the first quarterback to lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl — and a big part of my formative years (and beyond) as I listened to him in the broadcast booth.
But with all due respect to my pals at Arrowhead Pride, how has Bobby Bell not yet made anyone’s list? He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1969 and a major figure in the only other Super Bowl in franchise history. Bell was on the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and the AFL’s All-Time Team. You cannot tell the story of the Kansas City Chiefs without Bobby Bell.
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