2014 NFL Mock Draft: Surprising Name For Chiefs

by Ryan Jones on April 10th, 2014 at 11:21pm

Even though the Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of holes they need to fill in next month’s draft, it seems like it would be an upset if GM John Dorsey doesn’t get a wide receiver for QB Alex Smith.

And there are plenty that have been predicted to find their way to Kansas City, from USC’s Marquise Lee to LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. to Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin and several others that could work their way into the discussion. Very simply, there are a lot of guys that could be in play and few that would surprise.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay managed to find a guy that would go well beyond surprise.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

This is the big surprise pick of the first round. He might not go off the board quite this early, but I was blown away by his game when I finally got to study his tape recently. He does a great job of getting off the press, has extremely reliable hands and is a threat after the catch — three things that make him a perfect fit for a West Coast-style offense. He is dealing with a foot injury but his healing is ahead of schedule, and he recently ran in the 4.4-range at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin is another possibility here if the Chiefs are looking to go in a different direction at receiver.

If Latimer can prove to be healthy (he still couldn’t participate in drills at his pro day), he will continue to rise up draft boards. But making his way all the way to 23 is a bit too big of a jump in my mind.

With the Denver Broncos putting on a show this offseason, Dorsey and the Chiefs need to hit on their first round pick. Latimer has a ton of ability and could turn out to be a big time player, but this isn’t an offense that can afford to wait and see if he will develop.

McShay’s mock has two rounds of picks and if you’re curious, he is projecting WR Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt to the San Francisco 49ers with the pick acquired in the Smith trade.

Eric Fisher Will Move To Left Tackle

by Ryan Jones on March 25th, 2014 at 7:32am

It’s not often we get much good information from the NFL owners meetings. Usually we have to chew on typical cliches about working to get better for next season, but Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed a major question: Who will take over for Branden Albert at left tackle?EricFisherChiefs

The Chiefs aren’t long on options, with either Eric Fisher or Donald Stephenson the candidates to protect QB Alex Smith’s blindside. And it appears Kansas City is ready to give that responsibility to last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

In his rookie campaign, Fisher played exclusively on the right side after handling the left side at Central Michigan. The switch clearly bothered him, as he struggled mightily early and often. Fisher showed resolve and bounced back to show huge improvement as the season rolled along.

Stephenson filled in on both sides and it was his impressive showing filling in for Albert that made this a discussion at all. Sure, Fisher was the higher pick, but might the Chiefs consider letting Stephenson earn the bigger job?

For now, Reid is read to open camp with Fisher as his left tackle. Assuming he can get back to the comfort level he had while in college and build on his rookie season, the Chiefs should be set on the left side for the foreseeable future.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Trade For Chiefs?

by Ryan Jones on March 24th, 2014 at 7:54am

Xavier SuaFilo

The Kansas City Chiefs had a long list of needs heading into free agency and after losing far more than they’ve brought back, that list is even longer.

The area hit the hardest is the offensive line, where three linemen (including two starters) have bolted. While last year’s first overall pick Eric Fisher is set to step in for Branden Albert at tackle, there is a big question mark at guard, where starter Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah both hit the road.

Would the problems facing the Chiefs offensive line push GM John Dorsey to not only draft a guard, but actually trade up for one? SB Nation’s Matthew Fairburn seems to think so, as he projects the Chiefs will strike a deal with the Baltimore Ravens:

17. TRADE – Kansas City Chiefs (via Baltimore Ravens) – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Free agency wasn’t kind to Kansas City’s offensive line. The Chiefs now need multiple upgrades at offensive guard. With the Jets and Dolphins both possibly looking for offensive guards, the Chiefs may need to trade up to address the need. Xavier Su’a-Filo is the best guard in this class and worth trading up for. He moves well in space and has a lot of functional strength for the position.

I agree that Su’a-Filo is worth trading up for, but don’t think the Chiefs are the team to do it. Especially in this scenario, because LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. is still on the board and it’s hard to imagine Kansas City passing on the dynamic receiver.

The Chiefs will need to do some major work on the offensive line, but using their first round pick — plus the assets it would take to get a deal done — to do it doesn’t seem like a fit.

Chiefs Sign DL Cory Grissom

by Ryan Jones on March 19th, 2014 at 4:33pm

The Kansas City Chiefs have added some depth along the defensive line by coming to terms with DL Cory Grissom on a one-year deal.

Grissom caught on with the New England Patriots last season after going undrafted out of South Florida, but an ankle injury forced him onto IR for his rookie campaign. Instead of getting another look at him this offseason, the Patriots released Grissom last week.

During his five years at South Florida, Grissom played in 46 games (40 starts) and had 105 tackles (16.5 TFL), five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Though he got hurt with the Patriots and had some early injury issues at South Florida, Grissom ended up being extremely durable in college, starting every game in his final three seasons.

Chiefs Get Burned By Emmanuel Sanders’ Agent

by Ryan Jones on March 16th, 2014 at 11:02am

Emmanuel Sanders

The first week of free agency hasn’t gone well for the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Saturday night, things went from bad to worse after the agent for WR Emmanuel Sanders took their handshake deal and started shopping it around the league.

Agent Steve Weinberg, according to Ian Rapoport, accepted the deal with the Chiefs and then started to work off those numbers in negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then later did the same with the Denver Broncos and this time agreed to terms… again.

“This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations,” an executive involved told Rapoprt. “Totally wrong. This needs to be stopped.”

It turns out this isn’t the first time Weinberg has done something shady. The NFL.com report has the full story of his checkered past that shouldn’t make something like this seem so surprising.

And though to fans and executives involved this move burns, there’s a reason why a deal isn’t done until it’s done. I’ve never once negotiated a sports contract, but as simple as it is, I learned over 15 years ago taking someone’s word can be dangerous.

Another Free Agent Leaves Kansas City

by Ryan Jones on March 15th, 2014 at 11:32pm

The New York Giants signed their second Kansas City Chiefs free agent of the week Saturday, coming to terms with safety Quintin Demps. The first was starting guard Geoff Schwartz.

Demps provided some depth in the secondary, but more importantly was a dangerous returner for the Chiefs on kick offs. Losing him now means Kansas City GM John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and special teams coach Dave Toub will need to replace their punt (Dexter McCluster) and kick returner.

Besides his success on kick returns (3rd best in the NFL), it’s a bit surprising the Chiefs let Demps walk because he’s a Reid guy. The head coach drafted him with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2008 and choose to bring him to Kansas City last May. It’s no secret the Chiefs are up against the cap, but Demps isn’t a guy that will break the bank.

One way to replace both McCluster and Demps would be to bring in former Chicago Bear (and Toub favorite) Devin Hester. The jaw dropping returner could handle both jobs, but we’re left again wondering how a deal would fit under the cap while still filling the multiple holes on the Chiefs roster.

Chiefs Bolster D-Line With Vance Walker

by Ryan Jones on March 14th, 2014 at 7:00pm

The Kansas City Chiefs helped fill the void left by Tyson Jackson by coming to terms with defensive lineman Vance Walker on a three-year deal.VanceWalker

Walker’s contract is worth a maximum of $13 million, including $3.75 million guaranteed, according to Terez Paylor. That deal comes in a step below the $25 million deal former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli gave to Jackson with the Atlanta Falcons this week.

“Vance is a big, physical player that we believe can come in and contribute for us up front,” Chiefs GM John Dorsey said in a statement.

After being drafted by the Falcons in the seventh-round of the 2009 draft, Walker spent four years in Atlanta before moving on to the Oakland Raiders last season. In his career he’s appeared in 73 games (26 starts) and tallied 119 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The big man should get a chance to start at defensive end opposite Mike DeVito and next to Pro Bowler Dontari Poe.

Latest Kiper Mock Still Has Chiefs Thinking Offense

by Ryan Jones on March 14th, 2014 at 6:30am


The early days of free agency have not been kind to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Five players have bolted town, while GM John Dorsey has only been able to ink a trio of reserves that might be able to fight for a starting spot. Even with such a disappointing start to free agency, the needs of the team should still start at wide receiver, and not the positions lost since the end of the season.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his third mock draft and sees things the same way. Once again, he has Kansas City focusing on the offensive side of the ball, specifically at wide receiver.

WR Marqise Lee, USC

The Chiefs are going to be a good defense again in 2014 if they stay healthy, but there’s still uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball, and while you can question the ceiling of Alex Smith at this point in his career, the Chiefs feel they can win with him and also won’t be finding a better solution at this stage in the draft. But they can find Smith some help, and that’s Lee, who brings a lot of refinement as a route runner and the ability to turn a short catch into a big play. And if he goes this low, the chip on his shoulder could also help.

The Chiefs need to find a game breaker to line up opposite Dwayne Bowe if the offense is going to be good enough to make a return trip to the playoffs. Not only does Smith need more options, but Andy Reid has to give defensive coordinators someone to worry about other than Bowe and Jamaal Charles.

Normally a guy like Lee would (and should) go higher than 22, but a disappointing 40 at the combine could push him down some draft boards. That would be great news for the Chiefs, who would hit a home run if they could grab Lee or LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr.

Chiefs Sign LB Joe Mays, OL Jeff Linkenbach

by Ryan Jones on March 12th, 2014 at 4:21pm

The Kansas City Chiefs finally dipped their toe in the free agency pool, but it wasn’t in the way many fans were hoping. Instead bringing in big money, impact players like the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs inked role players LB Joe Mays and OL Jeff Linkenbach.

Mays signed a two-year, $6 million deal, including a $1.5 million signing bonus according to Adam Caplan.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid drafted Mays with the Eagles back in 2008 in the sixth-round out of North Dakota State and ended up playing two seasons in Philadelphia. He then spent three years with the Broncos before moving on to the Houston Texans last year where he started 13 games.

Most people in Kansas City will probably remember the linebacker for his dirty hit on Tony Moeaki in 2010 that knocked the Chiefs tight end out… literally.

He’s never been particularly impressive, but will get a chance to start at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. Mays could face a challenge for the job by second-year player Nico Johnson, who disappointed as a rookie.

Linkenbach comes to Kansas City after spending four years with the Indianapolis Colts, where he first caught on as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati. For his career, he’s played in 60 games, including 33 starts. Just five of those starts came last year for the Colts and he’s played both guard and tackle.

He didn’t look like a guy last year that could (should?) come in during training camp and win a job, but with the Chiefs losing three offensive linemen in the first 24 hours of free agency, depth is clearly an issue right now. At worst, Linkenbach will get a chance to provide Reid with a solid backup at multiple positions, which can be huge for a team as they try to optimize roster spots.

Chiefs Re-Sign Husain Abdullah

by Ryan Jones on March 11th, 2014 at 6:47pm

No, the Kansas City Chiefs will not lose all of their free agents this offseason, despite how things were looking during the opening hours of the new league year.HusainAbdullah2

After seeing five players sign with other teams, the Chiefs brought back safety Husain Abdullah on a two-year deal. Though he missed all of 2012 to make a pilgrimage to Mecca with his brother, the veteran caught on quickly with Bob Sutton’s defense and appeared in all 16 games.

Before coming to Kansas City, Abdullah spent the previous four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings where he appeared in 54 games, including 24 starts. All of those starts came in his final two seasons with the Vikings.

The Chiefs have a lot of work to do in the secondary and even though Abdullah won’t be starting next to Eric Berry, he’s a huge boost to the depth. He also provides special teams coach Dave Toub with the type of special teams player every unit needs to be special.

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