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Updated: 2018-04-23T14:20:26-05:00


Sean Payton: Saints would have taken Patrick Mahomes with pick 11



New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Monday morning, and Patrick asked Payton about last year’s NFL Draft.

If you remember, then-general manager John Dorsey and the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to No. 10, jumping ahead of the New Orleans Saints at No. 11.

That, as it turns out, was the right move.

“The guy we had grade very high last year was (Patrick) Mahomes,” Payton told Patrick. “He was a target at 11. He was definitely in our 11 cloud. The only thing that happened that we weren’t expecting, although you kind of aren’t surprised anytime when you’re selecting that early, when it got down to (Marshon) Lattimore, you keep this bubble right on the board in front of you, and you’re on pick 8 and you might have four in this bubble, and then one goes and another goes.

“Here it was—pick 10—and we have two players in the bubble, Lattimore and Mahomes. Kansas City traded up to 10 and took Mahomes, which pushed Lattimore to us, but once we were at pick 10 with those two players we were assured one of those two players.”

Payton said that if the Chiefs would have taken Lattimore, the Saints would have selected Mahomes. Had Kansas City taken neither of the two, Payton says the Saints would have still taken Lattimore, as they had graded him higher than Mahomes.

Payton also said that he doesn’t know if he sees a quarterback like Mahomes, Carson Wentz or Andrew Luck in the 2018 draft class.

Chiefs offseason EDGE review: do they have enough?


Offseason Need: Debatable To put it bluntly: the Chiefs’ pass rush wasn’t good enough last season. It totaled 31 sacks, compared to 46 and 47 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Too often, opposing offenses were able to neutralize the Chiefs defense by focusing on Justin Houston and daring others to win their individual matchups. It’s clear they need to be better. What isn’t clear is what they need to do this offseason to get better. They might rely upon the development of young guys in house. They might take a mid-round draft pick to develop. They could even be aggressive and try to add a top pass rusher in the draft. IF I’m running the team, I’d add at least one more very good pass rusher. I wouldn’t just rely on the hope that their own guys are better, and that level of better will be good enough. We’ll see if Brett Veach and Andy Reid agree. Returning: Justin Houston, Dee Ford, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Frank Zombo Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Justin Houston #50 One All-Pro, two guys with some upside and Frank Zombo. Don’t listen to anyone who believes Houston has fallen off. He’s still among the best EDGE players in the league, and arguably the most well-rounded. He’s a dominant player against the run, and a legit take-over-the-game threat as a pass rusher. Ford will be one to watch this season. When healthy, he’s at least a very good speed rusher who can affect offenses. He appears to finally be healthy, and he’ll be motivated to earn a big paycheck in a contract year. I could easily see another double-digit sack season in the cards for Dee Ford. Of course, I could also see him struggling to stay healthy and get passed over by a young player who is rapidly improving. Is the potential Kpassagnon possesses enough to bank on him this season? That young player may very well be Tanoh Kpassagnon. He’s got freakish physical traits and raw ability. He was well known to be a project coming out of the draft, and it was evident on the field at times. He clearly needed to improve his recognition, as he often appeared to be thinking and processing instead of just reacting. It does seem like the Chiefs love the prospects of what he could become. Now, it’s a matter of seeing if they can get the best out of him. How soon could their investment pay off? Is the potential Kpassagnon possesses enough to bank on him this season? One player with no question marks (meaning we know exactly what he brings to the table) is Frank Zombo. A veteran role player, he’s been forced into action a lot over his Chiefs career. Each season, we hope that the team has improved to the point in which they no longer need him. This season, the same hope applies going into the draft and training camp. If they move on from Zombo, it’s a great sign that they have accumulated enough young talent that they don’t need the safety net he provides any longer. Unknowns: Dadi Nicolas, Tyrone Holmes Nicolas, the former sixth-round pick, hasn’t really been able to begin his NFL career. He was thought to have some legit NFL tools, but at this point, it feels like a long shot to even see him on the field for the Chiefs. Holmes is a player many have predicted could be a sleeper on the list of Chiefs futures contracts this offseason. In 2015, he led the nation in sacks with 18, he has an outstanding athletic profile and looked the part in preseason action. Tyrone Holmes shows great lean/awareness for a preseason strip/sack. Elevated to active roster yesterday! #Browns— DLineVids (@DLineVids) November 23, 2017 If you’re Brett Veach, you have to go offensive lineman, right? [...]

The Arrowhead Pride top 100 draft prospects


The prospects are reviewed and graded. The board is set. Now it’s time to start organizing all the work done through Draftmas List articles and the AP Chiefs Draft Show into a place where it can be easily accessed this week. — Welcome to draft prep. Leading up to the big weekend in Dallas, I’ll be detailing the players I like, players I’m not a fan of (and want to be taken before Chiefs selections), identifying ranges where the Chiefs can get value. You’ll have a clear look at who I believe are fits for the Chiefs and where they should be valued. A little about the process we use. We watch at minimum three games of a prospect and assign a grade based on tape. That grade can then be adjusted for injury and athletic testing. We set our board with a positional value filter, that will give bumps to the ranking of positions of high value like quarterback and reduce the rankings of positions like running back and offensive guard. It’s impressive to see Saquon Barkley and Quenton Nelson so high even after those adjustments. Draftmas List members are in bold. You’ll see more write-ups and an organized day one, two and three Draftmas List coming up later in the week. Kent Swanson’s Top 100 Prospects RB Saquon Barkley, Penn St EDGE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State State OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame DL Daron Payne, Alabama DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama DL Vita Vea, Washington CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State QB Sam Darnold, USC QB Josh Rosen, UCLA LB Roquan Smith, Georgia RB Sony Michel, Georgia EDGE Marcus Davenport, UTSA CB Josh Jackson, Iowa DL Taven Bryan, Florida LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville S Derwin James, Florida State OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame WR D.J. Moore, Maryland WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama OT Kolton Miller, UCLA OG Will Hernandez, UTEP OT Connor Williams, Texas EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College RB Derrius Guice, LSU CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado EDGE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State OG Isaiah Wynn, Georgia WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M OG Braden Smith, Auburn QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma S Justin Reid, Stanford OT Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh RB Ronald Jones, USC C James Daniel, Iowa TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota St. CB Mike Hughes, UCF WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame S Jessie Bates III, Wake Forest EDGE Genard Avery, Memphis EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama CB Donte Jackson, LSU TE Ian Thomas, Indiana OG, Billy Price, Ohio State WR Courtland Sutton, SMU TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State LB Fred Warner, BYU EDGE Hercules Mata’afa, Washington CB Carlton Davis, Auburn OT Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan WR Michael Gallup, Colorado State WR D.J. Chark, LSU EDGE Josh Sweat, Florida State QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State EDGE Uchenna Nwosu, USC WR Deon Cain, Clemson QB Josh Allen, Wyoming EDGE Rasheem Green, USC CB Holton Hill, Texas S Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech TE Mark Andrews, Oklahoma EDGE Dorance Armstrong, Kansas S Kyzir White, West Virginia RB Kalen Ballage, Arizona State QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond DL Andrew Brown, Virginia WR Anthony Miller, Memphis CB M.J. Stewart, North Carolina DL Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State CB Isaac Yiadom, Boston College OT Tyrell Crosby, Oregon LB Jerome Baker, Ohio State TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina EDGE Arden Key, LSU CB Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State EDGE Jeff Holland, Auburn WR Cedrick Wilson, Boise State DL Tim Settle, Virginia Tech DL Trenton Thompson, Georgia DL Deadrin Senat, USF QB Luke Falk, Washington State CB Quenton Meeks, Stanford WR Allen Lazard, Iowa State DL R.J. McIntosh, Miami EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn WR James Washington, Oklahoma State RB John Kelly, Tennessee WR Simmie Cobbs, Indiana DL Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama EDGE Kylie Fitts, Utah S DeShon Elliot, Texas EDGE Kemoko Turay, Rutgers AP Chiefs [...]

Arrowheadlines: Will the Chiefs take a DL at pick No. 54?


The latest Chiefs projected NFL draft picks, mock draft, 4/21/18 | The Kansas City StarSECOND ROUND DL Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State (54th overall): There will be a learning curve here, as Shepherd played his college ball at tiny Fort Hays State. But there’s no doubting his physical traits and tape. At a solidly-built 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds, Shepherd possesses outstanding athleticism and a real drive to get better. He’ll have the benefit of playing a handful of snaps this year behind the likes of Xavier Williams, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Chris Jones and Jarvis Jenkins before earning a starting role in 2019 as a shaded nose or penetrating three-technique. By the way, I’d like to welcome Shepherd to the 2018 All-Juice Team (coming Wednesday). Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft: Defense and O-line the focus, predictions for every pick | CBS Sports2 54 Tyrell Crosby, OT/G, Oregon Here, that means taking an offensive lineman who could settle in as a starter at tackle or guard, then focusing on defensive for a few rounds before taking a big chance on receiver. With talent at the skill positions, expect the Chiefs to focus mainly on the offensive line and finding more defensive cornerstones to go along with Eric Berry and Justin Houston, who could be a cap casualty before long despite his talent (cutting him next year would save $14 million in cap space). Kansas City Chiefs' Robert Golden hosts diabetes walk at Edison High School | ABC 30About 200 people went out to take part in the two-mile walk around the track. There were also booths set up for blood sugar level testing. Robert Golden says he wanted to organize the event in Fresno to give back to the community he grew up in. "I wanted to come back to where I grew up at and let my community know we can be better if we live a healthier lifestyle," said Golden. Reggie Ragland 'getting a little sexy' in preparation for 2018 NFL season |"I'm very comfortable now," Ragland said about his knee. "Offseason workouts, I did a lot of stuff as far as explosiveness, and I feel like I'm getting my explosiveness back. ... "I feel like I am (totally back), but only time will tell. Once I get them pads on, I can show everybody how I feel like I really am." Shaun Smith says he smoked pot before every Chiefs game | The Kansas City StarShaun Smith's nine-year NFL career ended with the last of his two stints with the Chiefs. Smith, a defensive tackle, had played for the Saints, Bengals and Browns before he joined the Chiefs for the 2010 season. It was his best as a pro as he played in all 16 games for the only time and had one of his four career sacks. The surprising rankings of best and worst NFL teams at drafting | New York Post2. Chiefs (2) Pro Bowlers: 5 Best Pick: Marcus Peters (2015, first) Worst Pick: Eric Fisher (2013, first) Browns fans should be happy to see the Chiefs so high. Their new GM, John Dorsey, was in charge of all of these drafts. The 2015 draft landed five starters, and the pick of Tyreek Hill in the 2016 sixth round was a home run. 49ers history: On this day 25 years ago, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs | Niners NationOn April 21st, 1993, the San Francisco 49ers long-brewing quarterback controversy ended. Joe Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the quarterback position all to Steve Young. Ronald Jones, known as a Jamaal Charles clone, among running backs Browns could target in second round | Ohio.comLong before Ronald Jones reached the University of Southern California, he watched a fellow dreadlocked Texan excel as a running back and dreamed it could be him one day. Jamaal Charles was the player he wanted to emulate. “I love his game,” Jones said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He was one of my idols. Around the league Future of kickoff to be discussed at NFL summit | ESPNThe future of the kickoff in the NFL will be discussed at a planned summit that is being finalized to discuss player safety. Tanking in the NFL: Teams That [...]