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Fantasy Football: 23 uncertain positional groups that could get shaken up by the NFL Draft | CBS Sports

5. What if the Chiefs don’t pick a RB?

Kansas City was another popular landing spot, but the under-the-radar signing of DeAndre Washington seemed to indicate the Chiefs might be content with what they have. Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson are all still on the roster, with Damien Williams being the current presumptive starter after his second-straight impressive late-season performance in 2019. Given there are legitimate arguments for each of the other three backs on the roster, if Kansas City is indeed set with that group, Damien Williams will again be a controversial name all throughout Fantasy draft season.

Bucky Brooks 2020 NFL mock draft 4.0: Tua Tagovailoa falls to 9 | NFL.com

32. J.K. Dobbins - RB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

The Chiefs’ offense has continued to thrive with a committee backfield, but the unit could surge with a legitimate RB1 in the fold.

32 for 32: NFL Draft Predictions for the Chiefs | Roto Baller

First Selection (1.32)

A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson

With an immediate need at cornerback, the Chiefs nab Terrell to fill the position. He is long and thin but has good overall size. He plays press-man very well and should adapt his game to the next level very well. His foot agility allows him the patience to mirror the release of a receiver and ride them through the route.

He has a quick burst that can close a tight window fast but could have issues if asked to play off coverage or zone. His size and length give him the ability to hound 50/50 balls but lacks ball-hawking traits. He will be asked to be an early starter for the Chiefs and could struggle early on, but overall has the potential of being a solid pro.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins trade up for Justin Herbert; Jaguars move up, land Tua Tagovailoa | CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 32

A.J. Terrell CB

Kansas City

I’ve had the Chiefs messing around with running backs in this spot in previous mocks, but the truth is they would likely address a few needs on defense. Terrell would be more valuable to Kansas City than any of the running backs still waiting to be drafted.

2020 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings: Pro comparisons for top 10 receivers | FanSided

3. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Alabama’s wide receiver room was absolutely loaded the last couple of years with Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Ruggs may have been the alpha dog in the room. Blessed with 4.27 speed, Ruggs is the fastest prospect in the entire draft and brings rare speed that needs to be accounted for on every play. Ruggs can also help out in special teams. He won’t be a high volume receiver, but he’ll take one target and turn it into an 80-yard touchdown in nine seconds.

Pro comparison: Tyreek Hill

2020 NFL Mock Draft 15.0: Chargers Trade Ahead of Miami; Bucs, Eagles Get Aggressive | SI

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

I resolved to go cornerback for the Chiefs, with the versatile Kendall Fuller gone from the secondary, but they could not pass up Murray if he is available here (which I am skeptical will happen, despite my leaving him on the board in a mock draft that I control entirely). Adding an explosive, playmaking young linebacker to the middle of Steve Spagnuolo’s defense would lift the whole unit.

Three-round NFL mock draft: How many QBs will go in Round 1? | Yard Barker

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

The Chiefs were able to re-sign starting corner Bashaud Breeland last week, but the Chiefs still need much more depth. Johnson was a consistent contributor for Utah over the last two seasons and also recorded six interceptions over that time.

3 Trades The Kansas City Chiefs Could Make During The 2020 NFL Draft | Chat Sports

3 Potential Chiefs Draft Day Trades:

#1 Trade Chris Jones to Jacksonville

#2 Trade down from #32 pick to #34 pick with the Colts

#3 Trade for Patriots’ guard Joe Thuney

Kansas City could also beef up its offensive line by trading for Patriots guard Joe Thuney. New England has tagged Thuney but is open to trading the OG. Kansas City would have to declare Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and either Anthony Hitchens or Damien Wilson a post-June 1 cut to clear enough cap space to sign Thuney.

Brad Childress says he’s “really retired” this time | NBC Sports

“People say, ‘Is he really retired? Is he really, really retired?’” Childress said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “Yeah. Last year was my last year. I just felt like it was time to move on. It’s about time. I put my toe in the water in retirement and pretty soon you’ve got to jump in. It’s more about spending time with my family and grandkids and that type of thing.”

Five Things We Learned from New Chiefs’ TE Ricky Seals-Jones on Monday | The Mothership

2. Seals-Jones has one-career appearance at Arrowhead Stadium, doing so back in 2018. The experience stuck with him.

The six-foot-five, 243-pound Seals-Jones caught five passes for 51 yards in his lone career outing at Arrowhead during the Chiefs’ Week 9 bout with the Arizona Cardinals back in 2018, but the crowd is what he remembered the most.

“Crazy fanbase. That fanbase is, I would say, top five in the NFL,” Seals-Jones said. “Great atmosphere. I’m excited to be a part of it and not against it.”

Around the NFL

Source: Chargers’ Hunter Henry signs franchise tender | ESPN

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has signed a franchise tender, a source confirmed to ESPN. Henry will earn $10.6 million on the one-year deal, making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.

The Chargers and Henry can continue to negotiate a long-term extension until the July 15 deadline.

Zack Baun tests positive for diluted sample at combine | NFL.com

Baun’s representatives sent a letter to NFL teams, obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, noting the diluted test.

”Zack was genuinely confused, upset and embarrassed by the results given the fact that the ‘dilute’ was the result of him drinking significant amounts of water before his weigh-in (the urine test occurred immediately thereafter),” the letter read. “Zack would welcome the opportunity to speak with any of you about this directly at your convenience...in fact, he’d be excited to do so.”

Christian McCaffrey might be the league’s best RB but he’s still almost definitely not worth his new contract | CBS Sports

The Chargers employing Ekeler and Melvin Gordon last season, for example, meant doling out 428 touches, which resulted in 2,458 total yards. Would you want your team paying anywhere close to $16 million per year for those two players? The 49ers’ trio of running backs (Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Matt Breida) combined for 2,419 yards on their 451 touches. You might be willing to pay those three a combined $16 million per year; but as the Niners themselves showed, you don’t have to dole out that much to get that type of production.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

How a botched play ended a Chiefs dynasty

Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson has always maintained that the 1971 team was the best the Chiefs ever assembled. Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt agreed. “I always thought that was the peak of our best team, our ‘71 squad,” he later recalled.

But that 1971 team never got close to Super Bowl VI, where it could have cemented the Chiefs as a dynasty of the newly-merged NFL.

Head coach Hank Stram was still prowling the sideline — and the team still had most of their 1969 championship players. Len Dawson, Otis Taylor, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and Buck Buchanan were just some of the 11 Pro Bowl players (and eight future Hall of Fame members) who remained from that roster.

They had cruised to the AFC West title with a 10-3-1 record. But then on Christmas Day 1971, the team had to face the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Divisional Round playoff at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

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