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What we learned about the Chiefs this week

Taking a look at the week of April 12 on Arrowhead Pride...

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Former Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with DWI; Chiefs release statement

On Monday — two months after a February 4 car accident in which a five-year-old child was critically injured — Jackson County, Missouri prosecutors announced in a press release that they had officially charged the former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach.

The release also notes that Reid will surrender with his attorney and be booked on Monday, with the Prosecutor’s Office requesting a $100,000/10 percent bond and that Reid be placed on GPS and alcohol monitoring.

Reid was a member of the team’s coaching staff in various roles from 2013-2020 and had most recently been the club’s outside linebackers coach. Reid did not join the team for Super Bowl LV in Tampa, and sources confirmed to ESPN that he was no longer a member of the Chiefs’ coaching staff back on February 10.

The Chiefs released their own statement Monday following the press release.

“The Kansas City Chiefs organization remains steadfast in our concern for all who have been impacted by this tragic accident. Our prayers are focused on Ariel’s continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family’s designated representative during this challenging time.”

Evaluating Brett Veach’s 4 free agency periods as Chiefs’ GM

Then Ron Kopp considered what the Chiefs had accomplished to this point during the last four offseasons — including 2021.

Immediate Offseason Goals

Rebuild the offensive line for improvement in 2021.
Add a reliable pass-catcher.

Have they met their goals?

No. After releasing both of their starting offensive tackles due to injury issues, the Chiefs signed three interior offensive linemen. Thuney and Long have played tackle in the past, but they were most likely signed to play the positions they’ve played for the majority of their careers. Tackle is a much more significant spot in terms of protecting Mahomes, and they are unlikely to be better at those spots in 2021 than they were in 2020.

No. In a very talented free agency class of wide receivers, the Chiefs failed to sign any. There was interest in Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, but he chose to re-sign with Pittsburgh. The team came away with no external signings at receiver for the second offseason in a row — but this time, they don’t have Watkins’ talent to fall back on.

Patrick Mahomes opens as 2021 NFL MVP betting favorite; two other Chiefs listed

On Tuesday, we learned that oddsmakers were once again favoring Kansas City’s star quarterback to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player this season.

A few items stand out on this list.

Besides Mahomes being the odds-on favorite ahead of the last two MVPs, two other Chiefs — tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill — made the cut, sharing 100/1 odds with in-division quarterback Drew Lock of the Denver Broncos.

Another division rival in the Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert is listed at 22/1, in the same vein as Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr checked in at 40/1.

In his fourth mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. sends a first-round EDGE to the Chiefs

The longtime draft analyst’s projections always attract a lot of attention. The one he published on Tuesday sent Penn State outside linebacker Jayson Oweh to the Chiefs at 31 — and Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little to Kansas City with the 63rd pick.

The Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad’s KC Draft Guide gives Little a third-round grade, ranking him as the 10th-best offensive tackle prospect — and given the players already taken in Kiper’s scenario, the best available tackle at 63.

In his third mock, Kiper had the Chiefs taking Eichenberg at 31. In his second, he projected Little to Kansas City in the first round. Back in January, he chose EDGE Azeez Ojulari for the Chiefs — but with the 32nd pick.

Depending on how you feel about the Chiefs’ pass rush — or whether you think the team might yet find a veteran player to become left tackle — some of Kiper’s previous projections might make more sense to you.

Report: NFLPA won’t push Chiefs, select teams into offseason boycott

On Tuesday, players for five teams announced through the NFL Players Association that they would boycott the voluntary portion of their teams’ offseason programs. By the end of the week, players from a total of 15 teams had made similar announcements. On Wednesday, we learned that players from some other teams weren’t likely to do the same.

Seeing five teams opt out in unity over the past 24 hours may lead one to believe that every team would eventually follow suit, but that is unlikely to be the case, according to a new report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the union won’t be pushing teams that have a significant number of players with workout bonuses to join in the effort.

The source specifically mentioned the Packers and Bills. Via OverTheCap.com, the Bills have 28 players with workout bonuses totaling $3.172 million. The Packers have 19 players with workout bonuses, but the total value (the highest in the league) is $5.065 million.

The Jaguars (24 players, $3.725 million) and the Chiefs (25 players, $3.053 million) also have either more than 15 players or more than $2 million in total workout bonuses.

With Chiefs’ pick, Maurice Jones-Drew’s latest mock goes with the crowd

Also on Wednesday: the former NFL running back released a mock draft that — like some others — projected Jayson Oweh to the Chiefs with the 31st pick.

In his Tuesday mock, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. also picked Oweh to go to the Chiefs in the first round — as did CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones in a new projection that dropped on Wednesday. Other mock drafts have also fallen this way for the Chiefs.

So what’s going on here? Both Kiper and Jones had the top offensive tackles off the board before the Chiefs went on the clock, so the idea that Kansas City might prioritize a defensive need in the first round (and still hope that they could snag a tackle in the second) is at least supported by the idea the team is taking the best player available. But Jones-Drew does so while one of the top tackle prospects is still on the board.

For many, it’s a head-scratcher — unless there’s a disinformation campaign being run out of an office at 1 Arrowhead Drive.

The Chiefs may trade up for an offensive tackle — but what if they trade down?

On Thursday, John Dixon analyzed some of the draft-day trades — both up and down — that other writers have been proposing the Chiefs could make with their first-round pick. Trading back with the Atlanta Falcons or Dallas Cowboys seemed to be the most sensible.

Most — if not all — of the second-tier offensive tackles will likely be on the board for Atlanta’s 35th pick. One or two could be gone by the time Dallas’ 44th selection comes up. So the Chiefs might very well be in the position to get the tackle they need — along with an extra pick or two later in the draft.

All of this is, of course, highly speculative. The two most important pieces of information we need to judge whether Kansas City will make a draft-day deal for an offensive tackle — namely, how badly they think they need a top prospect for the position, along with which tackles they grade most highly — are completely unknown to us. And it still could be that the player the Chiefs need will simply be available to them at 31.

Still... the possibility of an exciting draft-day trade is definitely there.

A ‘doomsday’ mock draft for the Kansas City Chiefs

In their Friday podcast, the Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad discussed what the Chiefs might do if the draft dominoes didn’t fall the right way.

TRADE UP!
50. OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa

The Chiefs see Forsythe come off the board in the 40s and aggressively move up to acquire the last tackle of their tier in Brown. They surrender pick 63 and 94 to move up to 50.

Coaches are likely drooling over Brown’s potential after testing through the roof at his pro day. He showed elite athleticism at over 6 feet 8 inches. There’s promise for sure, but he’s also only played right tackle in his career at a lower collegiate level than some of his counterparts.

He’s a project, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting him accustomed to the other side of the offensive line while trying to protect Patrick Mahomes’ blindside. Brown is an older prospect (redshirt senior) and those types of players aren’t normally developmental. Chiefs coaches will love him, and coaches play a significant role on the Chiefs’ board quite often. They’ll believe they can get the most out of a player like Brown.

Patrick Mahomes believes Super Bowl loss helped more than a victory

On Friday, we covered a new interview with the Chiefs’ quarterback.

Other AFC contenders may have felt better about their chances at taking down the three-time defending conference champions after the embarrassing loss. However, they may want to re-think their logic — because Mahomes told CNBC that the loss should motivate him more than a second-consecutive Super Bowl title would have.

“I think defeat helps you more than success,” he says. “I just do whatever I can to be better and learn from the mistakes.”

The words of advice are wise, and fit more than just a professional athlete’s on-field career. It’s well-known that Mahomes is involved in various extracurricular activities like business decisions, endorsements, and charity work through his foundation: 15 and the Mahomies.