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2020 NFL Draft: Grading every current general manager’s best, worst, and greatest value picks | CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs — GM Brett Veach

Best pick: Mecole Hardman, WR, No. 56 in 2019

Worst pick: Breeland Speaks, EDGE, No. 46 in 2018

Best value: Juan Thornhill, S, No. 63 in 2019

His best pick is Mecole Hardman at No. 56 last year, an example of drafting a good player who is also a perfect fit. Hardman’s speed is perfectly weaponized in Kansas City. As a rookie, he recorded 555 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage. Expect those numbers to climb in Year 2. His worst pick was Breeland Speaks at No. 46 in 2018. Speaks was the Chiefs’ first pick in the 2018 draft. He notched only 1.5 sacks in 2018 and missed all of the 2019 season. Best value went to Juan Thornhill at No. 63 last year. Thornhill was really developing nicely until an injury ended his season before the playoffs.

A Historical Look at the Chiefs’ Third-Round Draft Picks | The Mothership

The Chiefs have found a tremendous amount of success in the third round over the years, selecting All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce (2013), the franchise’s all-time leading rusher in Jamaal Charles (2008), two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt (2005), Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields, two-time All-Pro defensive back Albert Lewis and linebacker Gary Spani - who has the second-most tackles in team history - to name a few.

The NFL Mock Draft for The People | SI

32. Kansas City: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

He doesn’t necessarily fix the Chiefs’ coverage woes among their linebacking corps, but Murray is an electric blitzer, which Steve Spagnuolo will put to good use.

NFL Mock Draft 2020: Patriots trade up, grab Tom Brady’s heir apparent in quarterback Jordan Love | CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 32

Cesar Ruiz OL

Kansas City

The Super Bowl champs acquire a talented interior lineman in Ruiz, a two-time All-Big 10 performer who totaled 26 starts at center and another five starts at right guard.

Why Patrick Mahomes will top his yardage and TD total in 2020 | Draft Kings

As the 2020 NFL Draft nears, DraftKings Sportsbook has given us over/under totals on passing, receiving and rushing yards for individual players. Mahomes’ over/under for receiving yards in 2020 is set at 4550.5 and passing TDs at 35.5.

Prediction: Over 4550.5 yards, Over 35.5 TDs

If we look at 2019 games in which Mahomes was fully healthy, or seemingly so, he easily beats his 2020 totals for yards and touchdowns. Before his injury in Week 7, he was on pace for 5,611 yards and 37 touchdowns. For this wager, we are mostly betting on if Mahomes stays healthy along with some key offensive pieces for Kansas City.

Most would rather have Chiefs than a best-of-rest-of-AFC-West team | NBC Sports

Simms and I argued about it on Thursday; I prefer the Chiefs, and he’d take the Broncharders. When Peter King joined PFT Live on Friday, after the poll results were final, King agreed that the quarterback seals the deal.

Even though the three-headed franchise would have a highly-talented defense (Joey Bosa, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Melvin Ingram, Linval Joseph, Derwin James, Chris Harris Jr., etc. etc.), the quarterback would be Derek Carr or Drew Lock. Lock has superstar potential, but for now Mahomes is clearly the better option. Carr by all appearances has reached his ceiling, and it’s not high enough to end constant speculation that the Raiders are looking to upgrade.

What an A+ draft looks like for every AFC team | YardBarker

Kansas City Chiefs: Defense, defense and more defense

QB Patrick Mahomes is a get-out-of-jail free card for a poor play call or a defensive lapse. And when it comes to the draft, he affords Kansas City the opportunity to patch major defensive holes. The Chiefs should take advantage of plenty of cornerback depth in the draft by trading out of the 32nd spot and into the second round. There, Kansas CIty should grab the best remaining cornerback on the board, Jaylon Johnson (Utah), Kristian Fulton (LSU) or Noah Igbinoghene (Auburn). Then they can rebuild a terrible linebacking corps on the fly, with both Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray and Appalachian State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither. And for a late-round developmental weapon for Mahomes, how about Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson?

Super Bowl MVP Mahomes reminds TCU star to savor every moment. Future teammates? | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Madden NFL 20 Celebrity Tournament picks and players to watch | ESPN

Snoop Dogg vs. Travis Kelce

Champion: Snoop Dogg

I’m going with the D-O-Double-G for this one. He’s the best and most involved celebrity Madden player out there today. He has been playing the video game series since the very beginning (before most of the field in this tournament was even alive), and he genuinely loves the game. He has schemes for days and knows all the high-level tricks to give him an advantage. Oh, by the way, he’s also in the game in Superstar KO mode and also dropped a title track for the game. Yeah, it’s Uncle Snoop all day for me. I also hope he goes far because he has 30 years of songs we can reference on broadcast.

Around the NFL

Best fantasy football season ever? It’s ‘06 Tomlinson vs. ‘13 Manning for the all-time crown | Yahoo Sports

2013 Peyton Manning vs. 2006 LaDainian Tomlinson

It’s the greatest passing campaign in NFL history against the highest-scoring season ever produced by a running back. All Manning had to do to reach this point was knock off Tom Brady (‘07), Patrick Mahomes (‘18) and Marshall Faulk (‘00). No big deal. Tomlinson, meanwhile, steamrolled O.J. Simpson (‘75), Christian McCaffrey (‘19) and Jerry Rice (‘95). And here we are.

Melvin Gordon ‘looking forward’ to playing Bolts twice | NFL.com

“It’s gonna be exciting,” Gordon said. “I still hang out with them, they talk trash to me.

”It is what it is, I’ll seem them boys on Sunday.”

Sources: Jaguars have had trade talks about Leonard Fournette | ESPN

The Jaguars have until May 4 to exercise their fifth-year option on Fournette, who is scheduled to make $4.16 million in base salary in 2020.

Fournette ran for a career-high 1,152 yards and caught a team-high 76 passes last season while scoring only three touchdowns. His 1,674 yards from scrimmage ranked sixth in the NFL in 2019.

After missing 11 games in his first two campaigns, Fournette proved last season he could stay on the field, missing only Week 17 because of an illness.

2020 NFL Draft: Trent Williams, Yannick Ngakoue among 17 veterans who could be traded on draft day | CBS Sports

Albert Wilson MIA • WR • 15

A relatively big investment back in 2018 free agency, the former Chiefs speedster is due almost $11 million in 2020 despite missing 12 games and never topping 400 receiving yards in two years with Miami. The Dolphins could just cut Wilson to save big bucks, but they might also be able to squeeze a late-round pick out of a team that isn’t satisfied with WR depth during/after the draft. With a whopping 14 picks of their own, they’ll have plenty of chances to replace Wilson, who’s been explosive at times when healthy.

Potential fits: Eagles, Jets, Vikings

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Does “running it back” work? A historical look

A lot has recently been made about the fact that the Chiefs have managed to retain most of their starters from the Super Bowl. To be precise 20 of the 22 players that started the Super Bowl are returning to Kansas City in 2020, with Stefan Wisniewski and Reggie Ragland as the exceptions.

Knowing that the Chiefs have retained such a high number of starters from the Super Bowl, I decided to go back to 1999 to see how much roster turnover the previous Super Bowl champion had to deal with, and then, more importantly — answer the question of whether continuity has led to more success?

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