Chiefs Seven Round Mock Draft 3.0

With the compensatory picks being announced last week, Chiefs Kingdom now knows how many times John Dorsey will be picking in the upcoming draft. With four compensatory picks (3rd, two 5th's, and a 6th), the Chiefs will be picking a total of 10 times. In this post, I predict who the Chiefs will take with those 10 picks. Round One, Pick 18: Tackle La'El Collins (LSU) For the avid readers of KC SportsNation and of my work at TopSportsReport, you've learned two things about me. Firstly, I believe the solidifying of the Chiefs offensive line is critical to their future success. Secondly, I adore La'El Collins. He had a standout combine ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB-URPeh61k) and during his collegiate career he was a standout offensive lineman. While I think he has room to grow as a tackle, I believe he can be a Pro Bowl guard in year one. His toughness, power, and nastiness will serve him well at the next level. Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika may have been added to be 2015 starters, [Read more...]

Mock Draft 2.0: Chiefs solidify the Offensive Line

With the most intense part of free agency over, John Dorsey can sit back and begin to prepare for the NFL Draft. With Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant on board, the Chiefs really don't have to take a wide receiver in the first round now. However, they could use depth at linebacker, defensive end, and tight end. *** Round One: Tackle/Guard La'El Collins (LSU) While Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika may be substantial upgrades over Jeff Likenbach and Mike McGlynn, Kansas City needs to continue to improve their offensive line. Collins is a dominating run blocker and solid pass protector and could play along the entire offensive line, adding depth, youth, and talent. Round Two: WR Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) New addition Maclin may be the No. 1 wide receiver, but I can't imagine Dorsey letting Jason Avant and Albert Wilson be the second and third receivers on the depth chart. Lockett is fast with excellent hands and route running ability. Also helping his stock is his value as a return [Read more...]

Chiefs stay busy, solidify the offensive line, release Dwayne Bowe and bring back Parker + three others

The Chiefs continued their roster makeover this week, adding mammoth (6-5, 327 pounds) veteran guard Paul Fanaika on a 3-year, $8.1 million contract and trading a conditional fifth round pick to Saints for veteran, 2-time Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs. Grubbs reportedly signed a new 4-year, $24M contract with the Chiefs, bringing back safety Ron Parker on a tiered 5-year, $30M deal and resigned wide receiver Jason Avant, safety Kelcie McCray, and tight end Richard Gordon on one-year deals. Grubbs was in the middle of a five-year deal with the Saints, but his new contract has a lower cap hit, which will help the Chiefs and their current cap situation. Grubbs is one of the best linemen in the NFL, and his versatility and consistency will help a Chiefs offensive line that was putrid last season. Fanaika isn't as big of a name, but he knows Andy Reid. Fanaika was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft when Reid was with the Eagles. The Chiefs also released veteran wide receiver [Read more...]

Maclin signing highlights a couple active days for Chiefs

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey, in preparation for the 2015 season, made a flurry of moves to create cap room and, hopefully, to improve the Chiefs roster. Entering free agency with very little cap space, Dorsey has re-signed ILB Josh Mauga and released DL Vance Walker and LB Joe Mays, released wide receivers Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins, and tight end Anthony Fasano to create cap space. He placed tags on restricted free agent wide receiver Junior Hemingway and outside linebacker Dezman Moses. Business really heated up Sunday night when it reported that the Chiefs were expected to sign former Missouri Tiger wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, bringing him back to his home state followed by the announcement that outside linebacker Tamba Hali restructuring his contract to give the Chiefs an additional $3 million of cap space. Here’s what he had to say in an open letter to Chiefs fans: While Hali's restructure reduces his 2015 cap number from $9 million to $6 million in the final season [Read more...]

What will the Chiefs do with Justin Houston?

On Monday the Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Justin Houston, who recorded 22 sacks in 2014. The franchise tag for outside linebackers is $13,195,000, and not wanting him to hit the open market, John Dorsey wisely placed the tag on him. More important to know is which tag Dorsey used, because there are two franchise tag designations, the exclusive rights franchise tag, and non-exclusive rights franchise tag. Houston was tagged under the non-exclusive tag, which means that the player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the previous year, or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if the player signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, [Read more...]

Who among the early roster cuts could be a good fit for the Chiefs?

Over the past few weeks, NFL teams, in an effort to create cap space and/or improve their roster, have cut some well-established players. Among them were Falcons safety William Moore, Giants running back Peyton Hillis and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, Packers linebacker AJ Hawk and Lions running back Reggie Bush. The Chiefs have so far cut receivers Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins and just today added tight end Anthony Fasano to that list. Jacoby Jones was known for his big plays in the passing and return game, but his limited route running abilities and average hands led to his release. I don't think Jones would be a good fit in KC, despite the need at WR, given his weaknesses. While he is a good return man, the Chiefs already have two elite return men in Knile Davis and De'Anthony Thomas. The Packers released their all-time leader in tackles today, linebacker A.J Hawk. Chiefs GM John Dorsey was on the Packers staff when they drafted him, and with [Read more...]

The Chiefs release of Wide Receivers Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins is just the beginning of team’s salary dumps

  On Tuesday, the Chiefs parted ways with two under-performing receivers, Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins..in other words, 30 catches for 269 yards. The Chiefs certainly won't miss that. Avery played in 22 games (17 starts) with the Chiefs, tallying 55 receptions for 772 yards (14.0 avg.) - 40 of the catches coming in 2013 when he was a big-play, deep threat - with two touchdowns with the Kansas City Chiefs after signing a three-year, $8.55 million contract in March of 2013. He spent most of 2014 injured, and after the Chiefs Week 13 loss to the Denver Broncos, he played just one snap. A.J Jenkins, who was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for Jonathan Baldwin in a swap of first round draft picks in 2013, never panned out the way Andy Reid and John Dorsey thought it might, logging just 17 catches for 223 yards in two seasons. The moves save the Chiefs about $5 million in cap space and this extra cap space will surely be used to keep free agent linebacker Justin Houston [Read more...]

Who are the Chiefs best first round candidates for the 2015 NFL Draft and where will they take a Wide Receiver?

  With the combine approaching and the NFL Draft not far behind that, John Dorsey and the Kansas City Chiefs have work to do leading up to the 2015 NFL season. They currently hold the 18th pick in this year's draft, and coming off a 9-7 year, the Chiefs are looking to hit a home run this time around after the last two first round picks have yet to show signs for reaching his potential (Eric Fisher), or can't get on the field (Dee Ford). However, to see who are the Chiefs best first round candidates, its critical to look at the Chiefs past first rounders. I will also seek to find out where the Chiefs will take a wide receiver (or two). In 2013, the Chiefs drafted Auburn's defensive end/ 3-4 outside linebacker Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick. Ford recorded 27.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks in five years at Auburn, with 16.5 coming in the last two seasons as he earned more playing time. Ford played sparingly in his rookie, due to the presence of veteran Tamba Hali. Ford [Read more...]

2015 Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

With football season officially over, Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. With major needs at wide receiver, offensive line, and inside linebacker and with more picks this season, the Chiefs are in a better position to add to their roster this year than last year, when they had just six picks. Good for them, the 2015 draft class is stocked full of receivers and linemen. Note: This Mock Draft does not include possible supplemental draft picks. A new Mock Draft will be published when those are announced. First Round: Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia     While Amari Cooper is the top receiver prospect, it is unlikely he falls down to No. 18, where the Chiefs are picking. Louisville's DeVante Parker is another elite prospect, but the Chiefs pick after the Browns, who also need a receiver. The former Missouri Tiger, Dorial Green-Beckham, who sat out last season at Oklahoma after being dismissed from Mizzou, could [Read more...]

Should John Dorsey be afraid to open up the checkbook for Darrelle Revis?

Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Kansas City Chiefs are believed to be interested in New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, the 6-time Pro Bowler, 4-time First Team All Pro, and considered by many to be the best Cornerback in the NFL, who thanks to his coverage, abilities has earned the nickname ''Revis Island." Revis is part of the reason for the success of the Patriots defense this season, due to his incredible man-coverage abilities allowing Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick to focus on the other receivers and tight ends of the opponent's offense. Revis signed a 2-year, $32 million deal with the Patriots on March 12th, and with a $20 million contract option awaiting him in 2015, he may become a free agent in 2015. If he does, should John Dorsey be afraid to open up the checkbook for the veteran corner? The Chiefs secondary, made up of cornerbacks Sean Smith, Philip Gaines, and Jammell Fleming and safeties Husain Abdullah and Ron Parker allowed just 203.2 [Read more...]