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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Jets shake things up and take Justin Fields over Zach Wilson, Steelers get first-round RB | CBS Sports

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After getting run over in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs add an interior stud with their first pick. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle has freakish athleticism that he will likely lean on during the early stages of his NFL career. Along with being a solid run stopper, Barmore tallied six sacks during his final season at Alabama.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on doing business deals: ‘I watch Mark Cuban a lot’ | Make It

And while Mahomes has a financial team to help him make business decisions, the 25-year-old says he most admires billionaire Mark Cuban’s business style.

“I watch Mark Cuban a lot, just because I’ve met him a couple of times and obviously he has a TV show with ‘Shark Tank’ and stuff like that,” Mahomes tells CNBC Make It. Mahomes says he likes that Cuban is “passionate” as the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and that he is a “tremendous businessman” in the other industries, too.

“He’s someone that I watch and learn from as much as possible,” Mahomes says. “And hopefully I get to continue to talk to as I continue to learn more and more about business.”

Justin Houston is getting a closer look from Baltimore Ravens | Arrowhead Addict

Houston has been a popular name among some Chiefs fans as a potential player to bring back, a signing that could be a nice story given the reunion angle along with the fact that the Chiefs could use someone else rotating on the outside as an effective veteran opposite Frank Clark for the defensive line. The Chiefs currently have Mike Danna, Demone Harris, and Taco Charlton as edge rushers opposite Clark and it’s clear someone else will be there by the time the regular season begins.

The Baltimore Ravens will host Justin Houston for a FA visit next week.

The Chiefs have brought in Melvin Ingram for a free agent visit a few weeks back and it’s possible that a deal will still be struck there. It’s also true, however, that the team already added Jarran Reed in free agency to add further disruption along the defensive interior next to Chris Jones. The Chiefs have already lost Tanoh Kpassagnon to the New Orleans Saints and Alex Okafor also remains available in free agency.

WATCH: Chiefs WR Jody Fortson Jr. shares offseason workout video | Chiefs Wire

Even without a normal offseason program and a preseason in 2020, Fortson drew rave reviews from the practice sessions open to the media. Still, Fortson didn’t make the team and spent the entirety of the 2020 NFL season on the practice squad in Kansas City.

It seems like this is motivating him to step things up this offseason. Check out his latest workout video from his marketing team:

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

Notes:

- Twenty-nine of Kansas City’s 58 seventh-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in 1,067 total contests.

- Keyes took the field in eight games last season and made the lone start of his rookie campaign in Week 17.

- Offensive lineman and 2019 seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs in 2020, starting nine contests.

The 10 Biggest NFL Superstars To Go Undrafted | The Spun

7. Priest Holmes:

Despite having a really good career for the Texas Longhorns, Holmes was not drafted. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens where he had success as a backup on a Super Bowl winning team. In 2001, Holmes signed with the Kansas City Chiefs where he became the first undrafted player to lead the NFL in rushing. In 2003, he broke Marshall Faulk’s touchdown record and almost broke his own record in 2004 before suffering a season-ending injury. With injuries becoming more and more frequent, Holmes was eventually replaced by Larry Johnson. After over a year on the sideline, he eventually made a comeback, but retired after reactivating his neck injury in 2007.

Around the NFL

Washington Football Team releases TE Thaddeus Moss, son of Hall of Famer Randy Moss | ESPN

Tight end Thaddeus Moss arrived in Washington hoping to create his own legacy separate from his Hall of Fame father Randy. But Moss will have to do that elsewhere as Washington released him Friday.

Moss signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 draft, and the team had hoped he could develop into a complementary tight end. But Moss missed part of the summer with a foot injury. After the team waived him with an injury designation, and he went unclaimed, he reverted back to Washington’s injured reserve list.

Brain of Phillip Adams, former NFL player who killed five, to be examined for CTE | ESPN

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said in a statement issued on Friday that she had gotten approval from Adams’ family for the procedure to be included as part of his autopsy, which will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina. The hospital will be working with Boston University, whose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) center conducts research on the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes and military personnel, according to its website.

North Dakota St. QB Trey Lance set for second pro day | NFL.com

The North Dakota State signal-caller will participate in a second pro day on April 19, NFL Network’s Kim Jones reported Friday on NFL Total Access.

Lance completed his first pro day on March 12, before those conducted by BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Alabama’s Mac Jones. Wilson wowed onlookers with his various passes during his workout, which occurred almost simultaneously with the 49ers’ trade up to No. 3, while Fields dominated headlines during his first pro day, with each overtaking Lance’s performance in the football world’s recent consciousness.

NFL Draft 2021: Cowboys’ Jerry Jones reportedly infatuated with Kyle Pitts, could target him with 10th pick | CBS Sports

Owners of the 10th overall pick, the Cowboys would most likely have to trade up to land Pitts, the top-ranked tight end in the draft. And while teams typically don’t trade up to get a tight end, the Cowboys shouldn’t be ruled out from doing so.

“We’re hearing this thing about Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys and the GM, being infatuated with Kyle Pitts,” Mortensen said earlier this week, via Clint Buckley of 247Sports. “So I figure he’s gonna have to trade up to get Kyle Pitts. I think he’ll offer Emmitt Smith and Larry Allen, maybe throw in Michael Irvin. He doesn’t need Tony Romo but he has Dak Prescott, he spent $40 million a year on Dak Prescott so why not go get Kyle Pitts, or if he actually falls to 10 you couldn’t rule him out.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The hidden message in Tyrann Mathieu’s potential number change

Could Mathieu’s change to 21 be not only a nod to Woodson — but also a second act in Mathieu’s journey in becoming a Pro Football Hall of Fame player?

Iconic jersey number changes in sports history include LeBron James, Joe Montana, and of course Kobe Bryant — who has two Hall of Fame careers if you take the nine seasons he wore number eight and the 11 seasons he donned number 24.

Bryant had meaning behind his number change, considering it a fresh chapter in his career after dealing with off-court issues.

“It’s kind of a clean slate,” Bryant was quoted in an ESPN article. “I started new. Just start completely fresh, focus on the number that meant a lot to me.”

Bryant wiped that slate clean while staying with the same franchise — and Chiefs fans hope that’s the case with Mathieu as well. That said, Mathieu’s tweet saying he’s “switching to 21 in year 10” might indicate that this career change could come in 2022 — his 10th season in the NFL.

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