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Chiefs headlines for Thursday, April 15

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KC Chiefs: Four players who need to step up in 2021 | Arrowhead Addict

Frank Clark

Jones was among the most double-teamed lineman in all of football last year and the fact Clark did nothing to really change that is significant. Luckily, the Chiefs did acquire former teammate of Clark in Jarran Reed who should help out the pass rush, but that doesn’t change the fact Clark needs to win in one-on-one situations and prove he’s worth his contract.

One major reason why the Chiefs lost the Super Bowl was likely because they got zero pressure on Tom Brady all night and a lot of that falls on Clark. Let’s all hope Clark can put together a regular season like his last one in Seattle, because K.C. has seen nothing close to that since he’s arrived. Otherwise, that contract will continue to look like an albatross.

Mock draft 3.0: Last of the big movers | Touchdown Wire

25. Kansas City Chiefs (from Jacksonville Jaguars): Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Jacksonville gets: Kansas City’s 31st and 63rd overall picks in the 2021 draft.

Kansas City gets: Jacksonville’s 25th pick in the 2021 draft.

The Chiefs were laid bare in Super Bowl LV with the injuries to left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, and even more so with the releases of both players to create cap space for other additions in free agency. The addition of former Patriots guard Joe Thuney helps the interior offensive line, but when your projected starting tackles are Mike Remmers and Lucas Niang, there’s work to be done. Cosmi, who allowed just three sacks and 23 total pressures on 1,529 pass-blocking reps over three seasons for the Longhorns, is going to need some coaching to match his acumen with his athleticism, but he’s got all the tools to be a special pass-protector, and there are few teams known for better O-line coaching than the Chiefs.

A Draft Do-over for Every NFL Team over the Past 5 Years | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: CB KeiVarae Russell, No. 74 Overall 2016

The Chiefs haven’t had many early draft picks in the last five years, selecting just twice in the first round since 2016. Both picks have been great for the organization, with one being among the best selections of all time in quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the other being up-and-coming running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Kansas City has had some mid-round busts in that span though, the most notable being cornerback KeiVarae Russell. The defensive back had a few red flags coming into the 2016 draft. He was suspended from Notre Dame for academic dishonesty and then fractured his tibia after being readmitted for the 2015 season.

Despite the injury, the Chiefs still felt Russell was worth a gamble in the third round that year. The move did not pan out for either party, as the corner simply struggled to grasp Kansas City’s defensive schemes and failed to show he was worth a spot on the team’s final roster.

With his release, Russell became the first player selected within the first four rounds of the 2016 draft to be cut. He caught on with Cincinnati that offseason, playing 20 games over three years with the club. He most recently landed in Green Bay, where he has played in just one regular-season contest.

2021 NFL mock draft: Patriots trade up to No. 4, creating an unprecedented run on quarterbacks | CBS Sports

Jayson Oweh EDGE

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Zero sacks in 171 pass-rush snaps last season scares me on Oweh, but it’s really hard to turn away from his remarkable pro day. You don’t want to get too caught up in the athletic testing but … my goodness. Perhaps Steve Spagnuolo can unlock his potential and unleash him on the AFC West.

Ranking the best QB classes in NFL Draft history | YardBarker

20. 2017

The 2017 quarterback class has a chance to be elite depending on how the careers of first-round picks Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Mitchell Trubisky pan out. Mahomes is off an incredible start, winning an MVP and appearing in two Super Bowls in his first three years as a starter. Watson has also made three Pro Bowls, but off-field allegations cloud his future. Trubisky had an up and down first four seasons in Chicago, though he did make the Pro Bowl in 2018.

Around the NFL

Julian Edelman doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, and that’s okay | SB Nation

In that 2013 season Edelman finished with over 1,000 receiving yards and six touchdowns. However, Edelman’s career isn’t really defined by what he did in the regular season. Yes, it’s important, but where the receiver really made his mark was as a pivotal part of the Patriots’ postseason offense.

The best descriptor for how Edelman played is “annoying,” and that’s a compliment. A key player in helping define slot receiver play in the mid 2010s, Edelman leveraging his natural athleticism with a toughness that allowed him to get under defender’s skin. Here’s a guy who on paper should have been laid out with a big shot over the middle by a linebacker or safety, but he never really was. A player who was always hungry to get better, Edelman corrected his ball security issues after the 2014 season, fumbling only eight times in five years. Considering his stature, and the punishment he took that’s incredible. But it’s a testament to the player he is.

Jadeveon Clowney, Cleveland Browns reach one-year deal worth up to $10M, source says | ESPN

The deal is worth up to $10 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Clowney will have an opportunity to thrive playing opposite fellow former No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett.

“We’re excited to add Jadeveon to our defensive line,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said in a statement. He’s a disruptive force that will help us against the run and the pass. We’ve been able to make some nice additions to our defense throughout free agency and we are looking forward to getting to work, so we can improve our team.”

Attorney seeks assault charges against Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald | ESPN

Attorney Todd Hollis said his client, DeVincent Spriggs, needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone, a broken nose and a sprained or broken arm. The alleged attack occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday, Hollis said, and the attorney released a photo that showed Spriggs with facial injuries and swelling.

“We believe there was a misunderstanding that Mr. Spriggs bumped into Mr. Donald and Mr. Donald escalated the matter, leading to my client’s assault moments later,’’ Hollis told The Associated Press.

The Ugly Narratives Surrounding Justin Fields’s Tumbling Draft Stock | The Ringer

Fields’s tumble is strange. He was the 2018 class’s no. 2 prospect (behind only Lawrence, per the 247Sports Composite), more than lived up to his lofty billing, and led his Buckeyes to a national championship appearance. Yet, he’s not the consensus no. 2 passer. Credit Wilson and Jones for their respective rises, but the fact that Fields amassed such a fantastic college career as a high-pedigree recruit and finds himself jockeying for draft positioning with players who were barely on the radar a year ago is puzzling. The drop raises questions about what’s caused his tumble, how Fields’s race influences critiques of his play, and why narratives—even unfair ones—are so hard to shake.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Tennessee wideout Josh Palmer: an ideal ‘X’ — and possible special teams ace

How he fits in Kansas City: Palmer seems like a player that both Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and special teams coordinator Dave Toub would love. He’s a strong, physical receiver who can beat press coverage and play with strength through contact; he’s a player who wins above the rim with exceptional body control and strong hands. In between making catches, he also does all the dirty work; Palmer gives outstanding effort and clearly takes pride in his ability to block. Whether the play is away from him or he’s actively involved in it, Palmers’ consistent effort displays his football character.

The little things are what could endear him both to the coach and the coordinator. As a blocker, Palmer could quickly earn trust — and opportunities on the field. He’s a perfect complimentary piece to tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill — a player with more upside than former Kansas City receiver Chris Conley who does some of the things the Chiefs liked about his game. The same could be true for Palmer on special teams, where the “hidden third” of a player’s evaluation is often based on effort and attention to detail.

If the Chiefs want a high-character, high-effort player with some promise as a receiver, Palmer could very well be in the mix as early as Day 2.

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