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NFL insider notes: AFC rivals haven’t closed gap on Chiefs, despite giving it their best shot this offseason | CBS Sports

The Chiefs have vastly upgraded both the quality and quantity of options along their offensive line, clearly had a limited amount of first-round grades on tackles (as did most of the league as there was no wave on them in the final eight of the opening round, and believed Brown to be far superior to whatever was available to them there. And now they have seven legit options to sort through the three starting linemen to the right of Brown and Thuney, which is bad news for the rest of the AFC.

Disregard any draft grades that rip them for lack of selections. They went all-in to repair their one glaring need, and ownership showed a willingness to dig far deeper in its pockets than many rivals (you know who you are) including almost landing Trent Williams, the highest-paid left tackle in the game. Those draft grades don’t include the 24-year old tackle they just landed who has already gone to the Pro Bowl at two different positions already, and if you aren’t giving Andy Reid an ‘A’ for the totality of his offseason transactions, you aren’t paying very close attention.

NFL Power Rankings: Bears, 49ers on the rise after 2021 draft | NFL.com

2 - Kansas City Chiefs

Previous rank: No. 2

The Chiefs couldn’t protect Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl, and they’ve spent this offseason determined never to let that happen again. They gave huge money to guard Joe Thuney, then pulled off a brilliant trade in the lead-up to the draft to land Orlando Brown Jr., who has the potential to be Mahomes’ sturdy blindside protector for a decade. Kansas City continued to invest up front through the draft, selecting Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey with the 63rd overall pick. Last year, the Chiefs paid Mahomes. This year, they protected him. Smart team does smart things.

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Lions, Washington, Raiders target passers in a wide-open quarterback class | CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 32

Justyn Ross WR

CLEMSON • JR • 6’4” / 205 LBS

Ross missed the 2020 season because of a neck injury but he was on track to be a first-round pick. Instead, he returned to school, has been cleared to play football, and hopefully he can stay healthy because he has special talents.

The way-too-early 2022 NFL mock draft | YardBarker

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M

Finding Travis Kelce’s long-term replacement could be on the agenda at some point for the Chiefs. Wydermyer has been highly productive as a receiver in two seasons for the Aggies, totals 78 catches for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns.

6 NFL bets to make now that the draft is complete | Fox Sports

Chiefs to win the Super Bowl

+550; bet $10 to win $55, plus your $10 back

Why not? Kansas City had one weakness in the Super Bowl – offensive line. Both of its tackles were sidelined by injuries, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive line ate them alive.

In response, the Chiefs completely overhauled the hogs by trading for Orlando Brown and signing Joe Thuney, Austin Blythe and Kyle Long. That’ll do.

No team in the league has more offensive weapons than Kansas City, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best player in the universe. I will gladly risk $100 right now at +550 because that price will only drop as the season rolls along. Remember, Andy Reid’s bunch was +175 when last year’s playoffs started. Always bet the right team at the right price.

Assuming the Chiefs are a top-two team in the AFC, they’ll likely be favored in every playoff game in the conference. Having that futures ticket in your back pocket would allow you to hedge in the AFC Championship or Super Bowl if need be.

9 Free Agents Who Can Fill Remaining Holes After 2021 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report

OT Mitchell Schwartz

Schwartz could end up pairing with the newly acquired Orlando Brown Jr., replace him in Baltimore (if the Ravens don’t sign Villanueva) or head to Seattle, where he could replace Brandon Shell as the starting right tackle. Russell Wilson would surely love Schwartz’s playoff pedigree and consistent play at the position.

Potential Suitors: Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks

Around the NFL

Bills exercise fifth-year options on QB Josh Allen and LB Tremaine Edmunds | NFL.com

Buffalo GM Brandon Beane explained last month that carrying both Allen and Edmunds on their fifth-year options, totaling more than $35 million, isn’t an ideal circumstance.

“The hard part of this year is going to be, the cap has gone down, (we) don’t know exactly where it’s going to be next year, probably not a huge increase,” Beane said at the time. “Josh’s number is in the 20s because of a Pro Bowl. Tremaine has made a couple Pro Bowls, he’s pushing 13. You can’t really be flexible with those cap numbers, so we got to make sure if we pick them both up that we’re going to have close to 35 million space in next year’s cap. It’s not an ideal scenario from that to pick them both up and not extend them, so we just got to figure out how to make that work in our system. But we’ll have that answer once the draft is over.”

The Eight Biggest Questions Coming Out of the 2021 NFL Draft | The Ringer

Is Davis Mills the Quarterback of the Future in Houston?

Houston drafted Stanford’s Davis Mills in the third round over the weekend, and he’ll probably have an opportunity to compete at some point this season. Deshaun Watson is currently facing more than 20 sexual assault and sexual misconduct lawsuits that both the NFL and law enforcement agencies are looking into. And even before news of the lawsuits was made public, it seemed like Watson and the Texans were heading for a split. Now Houston has Mills—a former five-star recruit in high school—as well as Tyrod Taylor, whom the team signed in late March. Taylor is the presumed starter and should provide a baseline of competency—which would be a relief in such a moribund organization.

Washington Football Team agrees with record-tying RB Jaret Patterson, former HS teammate of Chase Young | ESPN

Record-tying running back Jaret Patterson will be reunited with former high school teammate Chase Young as he agreed to terms with the Washington Football Team, the organization announced Monday.

Patterson rushed for an NCAA-record tying eight touchdowns and 409 yards during Buffalo’s 70-41 win over Kent State this past season. In six games last fall, he rushed for 1,072 yards and 19 touchdowns. In a game vs. Bowling Green, Patterson rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns.

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The Chiefs are hoping Cornell Powell will be worth the wait

His experiences in Clemson should put him in good stead for what is to come in Kansas City, with both teams now known for their stacked wide receiver rooms.

“Being at Clemson, you have great players around you,” said Powell. “You just have to learn how to prove yourself each and every day. I had so much more to show to everyone. What I displayed this season was not even scratching the surface yet. I’m ready to come to Kansas City and just grind. Many of my brothers are in the NFL that I played with in that wide receiver room, and I’m so proud of them. I learned a lot from them at Clemson. We just had this Clemson mindset to just dominate everything, every play, every possession. I’m looking to continue that and just bring this winning attitude to Kansas City, which they already have, so it’s the perfect fit for me.”

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