Category Archives: CHIEFS

With Jeremy Maclin gone, the KC Chiefs have a big gap to fill

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The game of football is all about gaps. On offense, you’re trying to create gaps, while on defense you’re trying to close them. For the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2017 season will be all about filling the gap left with the departure of leading receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was released in June.

Maclin appeared to be a salary-cap cut victim. Cutting him when they did saved the Chiefs $10 million against this year’s cap, room they desperately needed.

Is selection of Patrick Mahomes a big gamble or great fit for KC Chiefs?

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Taking quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the NFL draft was a risky proposition for the KC Chiefs.

For every Aaron Rodgers (taken by Green Bay with the 24th overall pick of the 2005 draft), there are more busts like Akili Smith (third in 1999), JaMarcus Russell (first in 2007) and Ryan Leaf (second in 1998). Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert (10th in 2011) failed to live up to such a high pick.

While many more first-round QBs are simply competent and serviceable – like Alex Smith (picked first overall in 2005) – they are nowhere near the lofty expectations of a “franchise” signal caller.

Yet that is the tag being applied to Patrick Mahomes, for whom the Chiefs traded up 17 spots.

Chiefs: Off-season answers from Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware

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Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine caught up with the KC Chiefs Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware and discussed a variety of off-season topics including the QB position plus recent draft and contract decisions that could affect the 2017 season.

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Q: How important is it to establish that this is Alex Smith’s team coming into camp?
REID: “I think a given is that Alex [Smith] has been here, he’s done well and all the guys understand that. There’s more than just stepping back and throwing the football. That position has grown into a tough thing to pick up right away. That young kid [Patrick Mahomes] is going to learn. That’s what he’s going to do. He’s got a great room there to learn in between the players and the coaches in there. Then I expect Alex [Smith] to go in and win. That’s what he’s going to do. He doesn’t think any different than that. He’s not looking back, he’s moving forward and that’s an important thing. He’s been around it a little bit.”

Will Chiefs selection of Patrick Mahomes and other bold draft moves lead to big dividends in the future?

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They finally did it! The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, which had Chiefs Kingdom all abuzz. Then, they took quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round. The trade was the first of four the Chiefs made to improve selections in the draft. The world as we know it changed.

Biggest 1st round draft busts of the Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs Draft Busts

When it comes to the NFL Draft, there’s always possibility that not every pick made will actually pan out. For every Peyton Manning taken in the first round, there’s almost always a Jamarcus Russell taken as one of the top picks. The Chiefs are no exception. Recently, their first-round picks have been homeruns, picking up Pro Bowl-caliber players, such as Marcus Peters, Dontari Poe and Eric Berry. On the flip side, they have made some major blunders in the first round. After taking a look at the best Chiefs draft picks, now we take a look at the five biggest first-round draft busts by Kansas City.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 1st-round NFL Draft Picks

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With the the 2017 NFL draft coming up, we decided to take a look at and rank the top picks by the Kansas City Chiefs round by round, and this is easily the toughest with so many of the greatest Chiefs’ players taken in the first round. We are ranking this based on their time in Kansas City, not their overall career, and the impact they have had on the franchise. This also includes picks they had while in the AFL and the team’s brief time as the Dallas Texans. With all that said, here’s our list of the top first-round draft picks by the Kansas City Chiefs.

KC Chiefs look to fill Poe’s big shoes and fill other spots in 2017 NFL Draft

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APRIL 2017 – Unlike a year ago, the KC Chiefs entered the free agent period with far fewer question marks.

The biggest was resolved in March when All-Pro safety Eric Berry was inked to a deal which will likely make him a Chief for life.

The potential loss of Berry weighed heavily on the front office as well as the players.

“Eric Berry is the heart and soul of this defense,”

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 2nd-round NFL Draft Picks

2nd Round Chiefs Draft Picks

We are continuing our series on the Chiefs’ best draft picks, round by round, now going into the second round. Remember, this is based on their career as a Chief and the impact they have had on the franchise. Here’s our list of the top second round NFL Draft picks by Kansas City.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 3rd-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs Draft Picks 3rd Round

The Chiefs have a great history of the players they’ve selected as third round draft picks in the NFL Draft. They have made huge contributions to the franchise during their time, especially recently. Also, as a reminder, every pick the Chiefs have made, including while they were in the AFL, are in consideration. With all that said, let’s continue our series and take a look at the best third round draft picks made by the Chiefs.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 4th-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs Draft Picks 4th Round

The Chiefs haven’t had the best luck when it comes to drafting players in the fourth round of the NFL draft. There have been a few gems found in the fourth round, however, that have gone on to have good, solid careers in the NFL and have even excelled to have great careers. Remember, this countdown is based on a player’s career in Kansas City and includes AFL draft picks. Now here is our countdown of the Chiefs’ best fourth round picks.