Tag:Kansas City
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:08 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 10:19 am
 

Kansas City Chiefs draft preview

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

   2010 record: 10-6, first place AFC West

2011 draft rundown

   Seven total picks (round): 21 (1), 55 (2), 86 (3), 118 (4), 135 (5), 140 (5), 199 (6), 223 (7) 

Top needs:

   Center/Guard: The Chiefs cannot rely on aging Casey Wiegmann and adequate Rudy Niswanger again this year in the middle, and veteran left guard Brian Water is aging.

   Offensive Tackle: Starting right tackle Ryan O'Callaghan is an impending free agent, Barry Richardson isn't starter-quality, and there are always questions about where former first round pick Branden Albert fits best (left tackle, right tackle, guard).

   Nose Tackle: It's an important position in the Chiefs' 3-4, and they can upgrade the solid-if-unspectacular Ron Edwards/Shaun Smith combination--both of whom may not return in 2011.

   Wide Receiver: Adding another outside playmaker with Dwayne Bowe would make quarterback Matt Cassel's life (as well as Bowe's) a lot easier.

   Outside Linebacker: The team placed the franchise tag on Tamba Hali, but depth is always crucial at this position in a 3-4.

First round focus

   21st overall

   --Head coach Todd Haley wants to run the ball with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, so finding offensive line talent is crucial. General Manager Scott Pioli would "pounce" on Florida center/guard prospect Mike Pouncey if he were available, but will settle for a strong offensive tackle. Pioli may also try to find a linebacker to play across from Tamba Hali if the value is there. A potential nose tackle could be on the radar at 21, though teams don't typically pick run-stuffers that high in the first round. A surprise pick may be a receiver capable of giving quarterback Matt Cassell another downfield target so teams cannot fully focus on Dwayne Bowe. 

Five names on the Chiefs' board

  
OG/C Mike Pouncey, Florida
   OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
   DT Phil Taylor, Baylor
   LB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
   WR Torrey Smith, Maryland

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Lions get 7th-round pick back

The Detroit Lions will still lose one pick in the 2012 draft, but have had a seventh-round pick this year reinstated following an appeal on tampering charges, the NFL Network reported.

Commissioner Roger Goodell penalized the Lions on Feb. 18 for comments defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who held the same role with Kansas City from 1995-2000, made about players still under contract with the Chiefs in February 2010.

"(Kansas City) keeps wanting to dump their players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them because I know a couple of those guys," Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press before the start of free agency last offseason.

The paper also reported the Lions were cited for impermissible contact with S Jarrad Page, or his agent. Page was still under contract with the Chiefs but had requested a trade, and was dealt to New England last year.

Instead of a pick this year, the Lions will lose a pick in 2012, and must still exchange fifth-round picks this year (Kansas City gets Detroit's 140th overall pick and the Lions receive the Chiefs' 154th overall selection).

Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor

Posted on: July 14, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Price-Brent's stock rising; Unga's 'settling'

With less than 24 hours before the NFL's annual Supplemental draft I polled various league sources to find all of the latest buzz surrounding its four applicants and the NFL teams likely to get involved.

Though BYU running back Harvey Unga has generated most of the pre-draft hype, I'm told it could be Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent who is drafted first.

There are a few clubs thought to be quite high on the former Illinois standout. There is talk that Price-Brent is earning 4th round grades from some scouts -- though I'd be surprised, quite frankly, if any player was picked this high. Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis and Green Bay are all thought to be interested. The value of the defensive tackle position, Price-Brent's size (6-2, 321) and his 20 career starts under respected coach Ron Zook were all given as reasons why the big run-stuffer is generating some late buzz.

Unga's stock, on the other hand, was characterized as "settling" by one league source.

Unga's production and strong running speak for themselves, but his 4.63-4.73 second times in the 40-yard dash at his July 8 Pro Day and lingering right ankle sprain only added to the perception that he was too slow and injury-prone to ever be a full-time back in the NFL. Few teams are willing to invest anything more than a very late pick in a running back specialist this close to training camp -- and a specialist is exactly how some scouts are characterizing the three-time Mountain West Conference honoree.

I'm hearing 6th-7th round for Unga with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Miami having all expressed some interest. There is some talk Unga could slip out of the draft, entirely. If he did so, I was assured he'd have several teams offering him a free agent contract.

The forecast doesn't appear to be as warm for the two other players eligible to be selected in Thursday's draft.

There doesn't seem to be a great deal of interest brewing for running backs Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and Quentin Castille.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:30 pm
 

KC takes Tyson Jackson, Seattle on the clock

Some will characterize Jackson as a surprise to the Chiefs, but Jackson, the preeminent 5-technique of this draft, makes sense as the Chiefs transition from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme.

The Seahawks are now on the clock. They are considering the following 4 players with this pick.

A. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
B. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
C. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
D. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

The Seahawks, like every other team this high, is hoping to trade out of the pick. Denver is a possibility. The Broncos and Redskins are possibilities.

Ultimately, if Seattle is unable to trade out, they'll likely take Curry, the safest combination of athleticism and character of this draft. Curry also fills a clear need given the trade of Julian Peterson to the Lions and the fact that current franchise-tagged linebacker Leroy Hill has yet to sign his tender with the Seahawks.
Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:44 pm
 

Solid, Unspectacular Pro Day for Freeman

 

An estimated 15-20 teams attended Kansas State's Pro Day Thursday, mostly to see junior quarterback Josh Freeman. Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, Jacksonville, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Tampa Bay, and Minnesota were among the clubs there. Quarterback coaches for the Lions, Seahawks, Bucs, and Vikings were all present.

 Scouts who viewed Freeman's Pro Day workout today described it in much the same words as I described Freeman's Combine workout.

First, the two scouts' take on today's workout:

AFC Scout "He certainly can throw the ball. He's a little wild, but you knew that going in on film. He's got tools, though. Someone's gonna take him in the first and may end up with the best one of the bunch in a few years."

NFC Scout "Ok, not great workout. Big arm, but erratic. Great tools, but needs some refining."

My comments after scouting Freeman at the Combine:

Freeman has good arm strength, but his accuracy was inconsistent. On many of his shorter and intermediate routes, he often was a bit high or wide with his throws. All in all, it was a solid performance, but not the jaw-dropping one some had projected.

 

 

 

Posted on: March 1, 2009 12:48 pm
 

Patriots preferred 2nd over 1st for Cassel?

 

Much is being made of the fact that the Patriots accepted only a second round pick, albeit the 34th overall, for quarterback Matt Cassel and versatile, veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel. Many are justifiably wondering why the Patriots were unable to wrestle away a first round pick for Cassel, especially considering Vrabel's added value. Some league insiders suggested that perhaps the Patriots valued the Chiefs' second round pick (34th overall) to their first (3rd overall).

While this initially sounds crazy -- How could they not WANT the higher pick? -- it fits with the philosophy in which the Patriots have built their dynasty. Re-stocking through "lower" picks, rather than investing tens of millions of dollars into unproven rookies.

Certainly there was talent likely to be available at #3 that would have helped New England... Aaron Curry could have stepped in at linebacker, Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe could have solidified the offensive line...

Considering the draft value (and more importantly, the cap value) of the players likely to be available at #34, however, the Patriots are in position to address their greatest areas of concern -- outside linebacker and cornerback -- at a point of supreme value, as the most teams' boards are already shaping up, there will be a run on outside linebackers and cornerbacks to end the first round and begin the second...

The tens of millions of dollars difference it will take in signing a Clint Sintim, Paul Kruger, or D.J. Moore at the top of the second rather than Curry, Smith, or Monroe at the top is one of the many reasons the Patriots continue to operate as trend-setters in the NFL.

(It is also further evidence of just how ridiculous and prohibitive the cost of high first round picks have become...)

 
 
 
 
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