The NFLPA says it set an overall sales record for the sixth straight season, topping $1.9 billion during the 12-month period.
None more marketable than Mahomes. His jerseys have filled Arrowhead Stadium as he’s taken the league by storm over the past two seasons. The Chiefs’ third-year quarterback also appeared in national advertising campaigns for State Farm, Madden 2020, Head and Shoulder, Hunt’s Ketchup and many others.
Mahomes is the new No. 1 in retail. Brady, who has finished among the top-3 in 18 straight seasons, dropped to No. 2 for the first time in three years.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Jeff Gladney CB
Adding a cornerback here would surprise no one. It is a big need.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Even though there are already six corners off the board and the team has re-signed Bashaud Breeland since my last mock, Utah’s Jaylon Johnson is squarely in the (late) first-round mix. If they wait until later (Round 2 in this mock) for a corner, Ruiz makes sense here as the Chiefs could use an upgrade at center and left guard. A three-year starter at both center (26 games) and guard (five games), Ruiz sits atop my interior offensive rankings and has allowed just 19 pressures on 895 pass-blocking snaps since 2018, per PFF.
Kansas City Chiefs
2017 Grade: B-
The Skinny: This is the draft they traded up to land quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the best player in the NFL. It was a bold move at the time, but one that paid off in a big way, especially since the Chiefs won the Super Bowl last season. Second-round defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon is a starter and a solid player on the defense. They also took running back Kareem Hunt in the third round of this draft. Were it not for an off-field incident, he’d be their starting running back. He is now in Cleveland. So all they got out of this draft was Mahomes and one starter. Does it matter? They got the NFL’s best player.
How I did: I wrote then that I thought Mahomes was the best quarterback in the draft, so it made sense to move up to get him. I mentioned that Kpassagnon filled a need, while I really liked the pick of Hunt in the third. I closed by saying this was a draft all about Mahomes. It sure was.
New Grade: A+
32. Kansas City Chiefs: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Swanson: Brett Veach has yet to make a first-round pick as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. I anticipate this streak will continue if he can find a trade partner for the first trade back in his tenure. If the Chiefs do stick, Terrell makes perfect sense for a team that needs cornerback help for 2020 and beyond.
Terrell fits defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s profile with the length, size, and willingness to tackle. The Clemson cornerback immediately becomes the most talented player in the room for a team that has not invested significant assets in the position the last few years. They’ve been able to survive, but it could catch up to them if they don’t address it soon.
Terrell wouldn’t have to start right away, but the quicker he could earn the trust of the coaching staff, the better. He’d be desperately needed for 2021 and beyond.
32. Lloyd Cushenberry- C
School: LSU | Year: Junior (RS)
Cushenberry is a man in the middle — with a capital “M.” If the Patriots don’t pick him, then Kansas City should solidify the line in front of Mahomes without hesitation.
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerbacks
So far, Kansas City’s offseason has been about bringing back its Super Bowl squad. The Chiefs succeeded in that endeavor by re-signing starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland, but Kendall Fuller and Morris Claiborne are likely gone. Adding another young cornerback to the current group could complete what’s quickly become one of the better secondaries in the AFC.
As the 2020 NFL Draft nears, DraftKings Sportsbook has given us over/under totals on passing, receiving and rushing yards for individual players. Kelce’s over/under for receiving yards in 2020 is set at 1225.5
Kelce’s target share has stayed stable, as he had 24 percent in 2019, 26 percent in 2018, and 24 percent in 2017. That ranked him second, first, and first a for tight ends respectively. When trying to decide on a season-long wager like total yards, injury history and stability of target share are key and Kelce checks both boxes.
Last season was close, but Kelce topped the total he is set on for 2020 despite Patrick Mahomes playing at less than 100 percent for a time and being out for two games. You can see that Kelce’s numbers dipped the most when Mahomes was dealing with an ankle sprain, was out and after returning from his dislocated kneecap.
The Chiefs also haven’t added anyone this offseason who will impact Kelce’s target share. Tyreek Hill will remain the No. 2 target, as his targets vary from game to game while Kelce’s are always there. There’s also no reason for the Chiefs to change up their offense after winning the Super Bowl, giving Kelce an automatic league and team leading target share in one of the best passing offenses in the league.
Around the NFL
No NFL restricted free agents signed offer sheets with other teams before Friday’s deadline, which means players such as New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill, Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt and San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida won’t be switching teams.
Breida signed his one-year, $3.259 million tender with the 49ers on Thursday, and Hunt plans to do the same with the Browns, according to multiple sources.
The league announced last month that the NFL family donated more than $35 million, including $3.4 million from the NFL Foundation as part of the COVID-19 relief efforts. To date more than $50 million has been donated.
”We hope to be able to do much better than that over the next few weeks and to be able to do something that is going to provide really needed resources for people on the front line and that have been impacted by this,” Goodell said. “We think we can bring a lot of attention and a lot of thanks and gratitude to the people on the front line but also much needed resources.”
Releasing Burton as a post-June 1 cut will save the Bears roughly $2.8 million in cap space, as ESPN’s Field Yates pointed out. This means that Chicago can release him now and eventually free themselves of the guaranteed salary or roster bonuses, but the freeing up of salary cap does not count until after June 1. The designation likely only provides the team with additional cap space to sign their rookie class or add a cheap veteran in free agency.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
We tried to trade back from pick 32, but the San Francisco 49ers made it hard to find a market by striking a deal with the Carolina Panthers to take Patrick Queen just one selection before the Chiefs.
So instead, the Chiefs take the KC Draft Guide’s second-highest graded cornerback.
With light, patient feet, Fulton has the makings of a good man-coverage corner. He’s mentally tough, willing to battle bigger receivers and is competitive at the catch point. He boasts a quality athletic profile — and has the potential to develop into a good NFL cornerback.
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