2019 Chiefs post-Clark trade 7-Round Mock Draft

It's Draft Day The lead up to the draft is always more exciting than the actual draft. This is especially true for Chiefs fans, who pulled off the first major draft splash by acquiring defensive end Frank Clark from Seattle in exchange for their first round pick, number 29 overall on Tuesday. Additionally, the Chiefs swapped third round picks with the Seahawks, moving up eight spots to No. 84 overall. Seattle gets the 92nd overall pick and the lower of the Chiefs 2020 second rounders (the one acquired in the Dee Ford trade or their regular one). Clark gets a 5-year deal, worth $105 million ($63.5M guaranteed...$800,000 in 2019, $25M in 2020). It will be a boring night for Chiefs fans and their watch party at Arrowhead, unless they trade back into the first round – which they have the picks to do, but it marks the fifth significant added defensive piece for the Chiefs, who ranked No. 31 defensively in 2018. Joining Clark, who has 33 sacks in three seasons (35 starts), is safety [Read more...]

Chiefs exorcise playoff demons, will host New England in Arrowhead’s FIRST AFC Championship Game

Any Chiefs fan with a pulse knows the Chiefs postseason history…history of losing. It wasn’t always that way at first. In the year prior to coming to Kansas City, the then-Dallas Texans won the AFL Championship in 1962. Four seasons later, they were in the first Super Bowl, losing to Green Bay. They returned in the 1969 season, winning the Super Bowl three seasons later. That’s two Super Bowl’s – one win, and an AFL Championship in the franchise’s first 10 years. Since? Before Saturday, it had been dreadful. Dating back to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Chiefs were 4-16 in the postseason in 16 playoff appearances. In that span, two of the wins came in 1993, when they went to the AFC title game. The other two wins came in the Wild Card rounds (Raiders in 1991, at Texans in 2015). Making matters worse, is their four losses after a first-round bye – two as a No. 1 seed. The last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game was 25 years ago + one day ago from this one, when Joe Montana led [Read more...]

The growing legend known as Patrick Mahomes

I haven’t written a published article since August. Patrick Mahomes brought me out of my hibernation. That’s how special he is. The No. 1 defense in the NFL in points, yards and first downs allowed and yards per play and yards per pass attempt – the Baltimore Ravens, had two chances on fourth down in the fourth quarter to end the game at Arrowhead on Sunday, but both times Patrick Mahomes – the best quarterback…and maybe the best player in the NFL, and the Chiefs converted – the second a TD pass to seldom-used Damien Williams, who also had a 1-yard TD plunge in the first quarter, on 4th and 3 from the 5-yard line. The first – a 4th and 9 from the Chiefs own 46, was a superhuman throw (and his fourth down TD): It ranks up there with his left-handed throw in Denver, which led to his first game-winning drive of the season…one where he overcame a second down and 30: ...and his scramble-around TD pass against the Niners: By the way, Mahomes practices these throws. WHO DOES [Read more...]

Chiefs 53-man roster projection

With one preseason game left to play in two days, we think we have seen enough to predict the Chiefs 53-man roster. Quarterback (3): Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton Mahomes and Henne are locks, of course, but Litton, the undrafted free agent from Marshall, and Matt McGloin - the current third teamer, are in a battle for the third QB. McGloin does have NFL experience, but we like Litton here due to his higher upside. Running back (4): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams The crowded running back corps became less crowded when the Chiefs parted ways with Charcandrick West last week, but there's still some questions. Will the Chiefs keep three backs, or four? Ware made his preseason debut on Saturday, playing with both the 1's and 2's, so the possibility of Ware starting on the injured list has dwindled. In addition to Damien and Darrel Williams, there's also Kerwynn Williams, who excelled down the stretch last season in Arizona as the third down back. [Read more...]

Meet the rookies + a way too early 53-man roster projection

With the 2018 Draft concluded, there have been plenty of hot takes regarding picks, draft day trades, and moves not made. The Chiefs draft has been analyzed extremely heavily, and grades from analysts has ranged from B’s to low C’s and D’s. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but is it possible that we’re being too hard on the Chiefs? It wouldn’t seem like it listening to most analysts,  but there’s a reason the team has won the division in consecutive years, despite their some of their best players (Eric Berry, Justin Houston) missing significant time. They've also drafted FOUR Pro Bowl rookies (Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt), so maybe they're doing something right, despite their so-so draft grades. In his first run in free agency, it was clear what GM Brett Veach had in mind for the Chiefs. He wanted youth and speed, and didn’t hesitate to rid the team of bloated contracts of aging veterans. The addition of Sammy Watkins struck a surprisingly [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

It’s NFL Draft week! And, we’re less than 12 hours away from the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. For the Chiefs, however, they’ll likely have to wait until Day 2, as they do not have a first round pick this year – the price paid for Patrick Mahomes. Round 2, pick 22 (54th Overall): EDGE rusher Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) Measureables: Height - 6-5 Weight – 250 Hands - 10 3/8 Arms – 34 40 YD - 4.5 Vertical - 36 Broad - 10.1 The Chiefs lacked pass pressure last year. Dee Ford was injured, the aging Tamba Hali did play much and Justin Houston can only do so much. Carter brings a fire desperately needed opposite Houston. With the addition of Carter, the return of Ford and hopeful growth of last year’s second rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon, the Chiefs pass rush could be much improved in 2018. Carter is very good at finding and getting to the ball, contains the edge and has a good first step. He needs to put on little extra muscle and needs patience to help fight off [Read more...]

Chiefs busy as 2018 season opens for business

Wednesday marked the first official day of business for the upcoming 2018 NFL season and the Chiefs made several already announced moves official, plus made a couple more. Prior to his first free agency as Chiefs GM, Brett Veach quickly recognized the team’s to do list: get younger and rid themselves of bad contracts. They traded Alex Smith while releasing Derrick Johnson, fellow Chief great Tamba Hali and safety Ron Parker and also traded Marcus Peters signaling a culture change and a desire to get younger and faster. With a young offense with limitless potential (if Patrick Mahomes is as good as everyone says), an aging defense that ranked towards the bottom of the league in every major category would do no good. They also addressed one of their biggest needs in 25 year-old LB Anthony Hitchens to replace Derrick Johnson. At $45 million for the next five years, it would seem extensive, but a closer look at the contract shows it’s really a two-year deal (both ‘18 and ‘19 salaries are [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

With the combine over, Clark Hunt, Brett Veach and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. They've already traded Alex Smith and Marcus Peters for three draft picks and slot corner Kyle Fuller. Chiefs greats Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, along with safety Ron Parker, were salary cap casualties. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Kingdom Connection, we're taking our first dart-board shot at mocking the 2018 Chiefs Draft. Round 1 Brandon: No picks barring unforeseen crazy trade. Don't anticipate it. Devereaux: Same. Round 2, pick 22 Brandon: Edge rusher Ogbonnia Okornkwo (Oklahoma) O2, as I like to call him, would have an instant impact for Chiefs. He brings heat from the edge and gives much-needed pass rush help to Justin Houston. Devereaux: S Kyzir White (West Virginia) The Chiefs need a starting strong safety opposite Eric Berry, especially someone who plays the run better than the man he’s replacing, Ron Parker. Round 3, pick 14 Brandon: CB Levi [Read more...]

Cheap Free Agent targets for Chiefs

As the new NFL year nears, the league’s 32 teams are preparing in quest of a championship. Retooling rosters, scouting veteran free agents and the upcoming rookie class through the Scouting Combine, and making changes to coaching staffs. Coming off consecutive AFC West titles, the Kansas City Chiefs head into 2018 a much different team than last season. While it’s good to never be complacent in your standing in the league, they are slowly taking on a new look. Trades of veteran QB Alex Smith, who has started for them since 2013, and stud cornerback Marcus Peters, signal a new era. The potential of this franchise will ride heavily on the arm of Patrick Mahomes, but the rest of the roster will be essential in carrying the young gun. Over the last couple seasons, the Chiefs roster has lost depth despite riding dangerously close to the salary cap. The inability to add key defenders, along with those cap problems, helped lead to the departure of general manager John Dorsey. Now it will be [Read more...]

As the Chiefs move on from DJ, let us remember his legacy

13 seasons 1,262 tackles 182 games 40 quarterback pressures 27.5 sacks 23 forced fumbles 14 interceptions pic.twitter.com/AGc8QgZeQV — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 13, 2018 As Free Agency looms for the NFL’s 32 teams, some are already making decisions about their roster. The Raiders are cutting Sebastian Janakowksi, who’s been with the team since they drafted him in 2001. The 49ers resigned center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension. Kansas City is also one of those teams. Already moving on from Alex Smith, and there's a good chance Tamba Hali's day in KC are also over, Derrick Johnson, the leader of the defense since he took the field in 2005, will become a free agent on March 14. The linebacker has embodied everything that has made up a long line of excellent Kansas City linebackers. The 1,154 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 14 interceptions – four of which were returned for touchdowns, 40 QB pressures, 23 forced fumbles and 8 fumble recoveries in 182 games hardly [Read more...]