“I honestly think it’ll be a rematch of Super Bowl LIV. I think the San Francisco 49ers are one heck of a team. They’re very, very well-coached, very disciplined in who they are and very talented in who they are,” Kelce said Thursday on ESPN’s First Take.
Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
Odds to win AFC: 2-1
Odds to make playoffs: Yes -1800, No +950
2. Brett Veach (& Andy Reid), KC
Results matter. There were other teams high on Patrick Mahomes, but Veach was the guy who banged the table for him and helped make it happen. Veach’s two drafts officially at the helm included some whiffs in 2018 and some hits in 2019 (safety Juan Thornhill and receiver Mecole Hardman) who helped bring the Chiefs a championship. Swapping Dee Ford for Frank Clark paid off and the Chiefs built a capable secondary on the cheap. Keeping Sammy Watkins at a reduced price is the type of move only strong organizations can pull off. I parenthetically listed Reid next to Veach at the top of this blurb after speaking to multiple people who believe that “Big Red” remains the biggest voice in Chiefs personnel, no matter his title.
11. Patrick Mahomes
Pick: Round 1, no. 10 overall
Pick AV: 26.9
Games started with drafting team: 31
AV with drafting team: 40
All-Pro selections: 1
Finding the right spot for Mahomes was the most challenging part of this entire endeavor. You have to balance a small sample size, a relatively high draft position, and a probable future as an all-time great quarterback. If we ran a million simulations of Mahomes’s career, I’d guess a majority of them end with him in Canton. But no matter how likely that outcome is, it’s still a projection. Even considering his unlimited potential, it’s hard to rank Mahomes ahead of guys who’ve been stars for a decade or more. But if Mahomes does follow the path we all expect him to, he’ll probably wind up as one of the best draft values ever. As the 10th overall pick, there’s already a gap between Mahomes and most top quarterbacks. And if he stays this good, the chasm in draft value between him and a player drafted three rounds later will cease to matter.
Chiefs Get Patrick Mahomes (2017)
As the Chicago Bears made a horrendous trade for Mitchell Trubisky, the Kansas City Chiefs prioritized Patrick Mahomes.
Yeah, smart choice.
Kansas City already had Alex Smith as its established starter at quarterback, yet it packaged a 2017 first-rounder, a 2017 third-rounder and a 2018 first-rounder for the Buffalo Bills’ No. 10 pick. Mahomes sat as a rookie behind Smith, who the Chiefs dealt to the Washington Redskins in the 2018 offseason.
Mahomes proceeded to record the second-ever 5,000-yard, 50-touchdown season, and Kansas City reached the AFC Championship Game. Then in 2019, he topped 4,000 yards despite missing two games and propelled the Chiefs to a triumph in Super Bowl LIV.
At least the Bills selected Tre’Davious White with the 2017 first-rounder. He’s developed into one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, earning All-Pro recognition last season.
Kansas City Chiefs
1 32 CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
2 63 C Matt Hennessy, Temple from SF
3 96 Traded to New York Giants
3 99 CB Reggie Robinson, Tulsa from NYG*
4 138 G Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
5 177 Traded to Green Bay
6 192 DE Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State from LV/GB*
7 238 DT Khalil Davis, Nebraska from NO/NYG*
7 242 RB Michael Warren II, Cincinnati from BAL/GB*
Many people are projecting the Chiefs will select Jaylon Johnson, a 6-0, 193-pound cornerback. Aggressive in press coverage, Johnson led Utah in pass breakups with 11 last year and interviewed with the Chiefs at the NFL Combine. A high character player who earned All-Academic honors, he was slated to undergo shoulder surgery after the NFL Combine.
TCU’s Jeff Gladney has similarities to Johnson. He is also an aggressive corner with an injury concern: He needed arthroscopic knee surgery. Although Gladney had an extremely productive college career (a Big 12-best 14 pass breakups as a senior), he is a bit on the small side (5-10, 190 pounds).
“To say the guy hasn’t changed is very true,” Colquitt said. “I spend a lot of time with him, and I do things with him all the time here in the city. If I text him, he always texts me back within 10 minutes.
“He always has time for people, and that’s the coolest thing about Pat is he makes it a point to go and find that person who can’t give anything to him back but he wants to give everything in an experience. It’s cool to see.”
Around the NFL
NFL star and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller has a confirmed case of COVID-19, his agent @JobyBranion of @VanguardSG tells me. The #Broncos star is at home resting and in good spirits. He plans to speak publicly tomorrow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2020
Rapoport followed up his initial tweet to add that the Broncos are aware of the situation and wish Miller a speedy recovery. One factor that may complicate the situation is Miller has had asthma his entire life. The CDC’s website states that people with moderate to severe ashma are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 as the virus can impact your respiratory tract, cause an asthma attack, and potentially lead to pnemonia and acute respiratory disease.
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Until now I haven’t address my future because I have been mulling it over for some time this offseason. I wanted to allow my body and mind to fully recover from the rigors of an NFL season, and take time with my family to see what lies ahead. After thinking long and hard about this I have come to a decision. I have decided to RETIRE... from arm wrestling. I leave behind a 2-0 record, one win against this man, and the other being against @28cgiroux and want to go out on top. It was a good run, but my drunken arm wrestling days are behind me, and it’s better to move on to a more mature future. I thank everyone along the way that has made this possible! Especially @brickandbrew for cutting me off after this debacle (which was completely warranted, love you guys) and getting me to sleep. Despite this retirement, I am fully excited for the 2020 season and will be out there with my teammates, coaches and hopefully fans this coming season. Enough media members and fans have reached out if I am playing next season, and I just wanted to make an announcement so I can stop getting asked. Can’t wait to be out there this season, can’t wait to have sports back, and I can’t wait till this lockdown is over. #GoEagles
In addition, the NFL and union reached agreement earlier this week on details of a virtual offseason for teams and players. Teams with new coaches can start contacting players on Monday while teams with returning coaches can start their programs on April 27. The offseason program is voluntary for players.
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Speaking to the media during a pre-draft videoconference on Thursday, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach had a clear message about where Mahomes stands with the team.
”Pat is a priority,” he said. “The way we look at it now — with all that’s going on — we’re going to have a lot of time to work with. Again, Pat and his agents Chris Cabbot and Leigh Steinberg know that Pat is a priority. Pat isn’t going anywhere. He’s going to be here for a long time.”
A tweet to make you think
Would you rather have the Chiefs' roster or a roster made up of the best players for the Raiders, Broncos, and Chargers?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 16, 2020
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