Khalen Saunders Jersey

In the Chiefs final of three picks on day two, they selected Khalen Saunders. Saunders is a defensive lineman who is very athletic at 324 pounds. He brings a non-stop motor to the table. Along with that above average athleticism, Saunders presents a wicked first step quickness.

Saunders really shined at the Senior Bowl. His whole Senior Bowl weekend was a cool and fun story. On the first day of Senior Bowl practice, Saunders’s wife gave birth to their daughter. His wife told him to stay in Mobile to finish the week and play in the Senior Bowl game. After a strong performance, he finally got to meet his new born daughter in Chicago. Saunders says he was holding her when he got the call from the Chiefs on Friday.

Saunders playing next to Chris Jones could provide the Chiefs with major production from the inside for years to come. Kansas City has now completely rebuilt their defensive line this offseason. The Chiefs feel like they found great value with Saunders still being available at pick 84. Saunders has great production from his time at Western Illinois, and now he’s the first player to be drafted from that school in 10 years.

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The Kansas City Chiefs added six players to the roster over the course of the 2019 NFL Draft last weekend, picking up wide receiver Mecole Hardman, defensive back Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, cornerback Rashad Fenton, tailback Darwin Thompson and guard/center Nick Allegretti.

Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders could be a steal for Kansas City at No. 84. I thought he might go in the top 50. He could be a good complement to Chris Jones.

The first pick of the fourth round for our Big Blue Draft-A-Thon is in the books, and Big Blue View has selected Khalen Saunders (iDL, Western Illinois) for the New York Giants at 109th overall.

Khalen Saunders is a small-school prospect but he could well be a steal at the beginning of the fourth round. He made waves for himself at the Senior Bowl, and not just for his ability to back handsprings at 320 pounds. He is both powerful and agile (exactly the kind of defensive tackle the Giants like) and gave big-school offensive linemen a serious run for their money. He also had one of the most touching moments when he made time to go home for the birth of his daughter, and still made sure to be back in Mobile to play in the Senior Bowl, rather than just stay home because the scouts left.

After trading Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth round pick, the Giants are back on the clock with the 132nd overall selection.

The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting their exclusive Season Ticket Member draft party at Arrowhead Stadium today. There are tons of festivities going on and one of those has been shared by the Chiefs.
The voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus, hosted a Q&A session with all three of the Chiefs new rookies — Mecole Hardman, Juan Thornhill and Khalen Saunders. Fans got a glimpse into who these new players are and what they’re all about.

Each of the rookies weighs-in on different aspects of joining the Chiefs team, from playing with MVP Patrick Mahomes, to the rich tradition of great defensive play in Kansas City.

Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (6-foot, 324) has had an unconventional NFL Draft process. The opportunity to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl is an honor for most prospects. Saunders was balancing the chance to put his talents on display with welcoming his newborn daughter, Kambridge.

“I didn’t want to just leave immediately. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t have made it for the birth anyway because she came right after our first practice. If I wanted to do any of the practices, I was going to miss the birth anyway,” Saunders explained to 247Sports.

“After she had came, I wanted to see her but there wasn’t a rush to get home anyway because she already came. Whether I seen her an hour or two after she came or a day or two, she wouldn’t have remembered anyway. It was my fiancee deciding it was best for me to stay up there in Mobile and competing with everybody and raising my draft stock.”Raise his draft stock, he did. Saunders has put himself in a position to hear his name called on Day Two of the 2019 NFL Draft, which brings a four year contract.

The defensive lineman did get the chance to go back to Illinois and spend some time with his daughter after practices concluded but before returning for Saturday’s game.

“I was actually the one who made the decision to come home before the game. Everybody was getting to see her. Literally grandparents, aunties and everybody was getting to see her before I get to so I guess that was the jealous part of me.”

As if the pre-NFL Draft process has not been enough, Saunders has also been spending his time preparing to be a father.

Juan Thornhill Jersey

The Cleveland Browns have the opportunity to give themselves a knock-out safety tandem. With Damarious Randall on one side of the field, the Browns need a strong presence across from him. They could find it in Virginia’s Juan Thornhill.

The Cleveland Browns have a need in the secondary before they can really learn to fly on defense. Denzel Ward is a fine cornerback, and Damarious Randall was a breath of fresh air at the free safety position last season. Jabrill Peppers has been shipped off to New York in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr. The Browns need a plug and play strong safety and an upgrade over Morgan Burnett. Virginia’s Juan Thornhill could be their guy.

First and foremost, Thornhill is an athletic freak and perhaps the most athletic safety in this class. The 6-0, 205-pound Virginia native can jump out of the gym with an 11-foot-9 broad jump, and has fantastic, 4.42 speed. Perhaps Thornhill’s most impressive trait is just how easy he makes the safety position look.

Thornhill’s smooth movements make his game tape look more like fine art than football, and his 36 starts give scouts plenty of tape to look at. A former high school quarterback, Thornhill has the instincts to know where he needs to be, but he doesn’t use those instincts as a crutch. Thornhill is patient on his reads and will rarely get fooled. His flashiest game in 2018 came against Miami, where he posted two interceptions and six tackles.

Juan Thornhill, a safety out of UVA, became the first state college player to be taken in this year’s draft on Friday evening.

The Kansas City Chiefs used the 63rd overall pick in the second round to select Thornhill, a versatile defensive back.

Thornhill became the highest drafted player out of UVA since 2011, when the New England Patriots selected another defensive back, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, to start the second round.

Thornhill tied for third in the nation with six interceptions last season.

Thornhill played both safety and cornerback at Virginia, but most scouts project him as an over the top safety at the next level. Some teams had concerns about his tackling ability, and those teams could consider moving him out to corner.

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah is among those who believes Thornhill can play safety at the next level.

“I just love his range,” Jeremiah said. “I just like his ability to play in the middle of the field, to range around, and make a bunch of plays that way. … I think pure free safeties are hard to find right now, that can play over the top, and that’s where I’d put him.”

Tony Pauline, publisher of NFLdraftanalyst.com listed Thornhill as his fastest rising safety going into the draft, in part because of an eye opening showing at the NFL combine. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash to go with his 44-inch vertical jump and 11-foot, 9-inch broad jump.

More big news out of Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball yesterday, as sophomore guard Marco Anthony announced that he would enter the NCAA transfer portal, while junior guard Kyle Guy, who said last week that he would at least try out the professional waters, fully committed to the NBA Draft. We also found out more news about the team’s schedule next season, learning that UVA will play Vermont and UMass as a part of the Mohegan Sun’s Hall-of-Fame Classic tournament.

Check out some of the highlights from Juan Thornhill’s incredible career at UVA below. Also be sure to tune into the NFL Draft, which starts on Thursday, and Streaking The Lawn for updated coverage on where the star safety will be heading.

Sophomore Will Rock, who caused four turnovers and picked up six ground balls in the team’s wins over VMI and Marist last week, earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday.

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The Chiefs have taken Mecole Hardman, Juan Thornhill and Khalen Saunders. How did the Chiefs do? We discuss the newest team’s newest players.

The Chiefs have made their first three selections of 2019. While it is impossible to know exactly how a player’s NFL career will go based off of their college career, I am going to give my initial take away from the selections of Mecole Hardman, Juan Thornhill, and Khalen Saunders as well as a way-too-early grade, because all draft grades are too early.

My initial take away from the group as a whole is how Brett Veach is approaching this year’s draft. He is not only taking guys that have a high ceiling, but also decently high floors. All three players selected stand little chance of being complete busts, in my opinion. That being said, let us begin with Mecole Hardman.

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To me, this is the signal for the end of Tyreek Hill‘s career with the Chiefs. I don’t believe that there is any way that Hardman was the Chiefs initial guy going into the draft. When the Tyreek Hill news surfaced, Brett Veach was left with very little choice, but to draft a playmaker for Patrick Mahomes to make up for some of the production that Hill created.

Hardman is a speedy player who can burn people off of the line of scrimmage. His burst is very good and his vision with the ball in his hands is incredible. I like his vertical ability and his ability to track the ball. The Chiefs are blessed with more speed for the offense and for special teams.

Mecole Hardman has a pretty small frame and may have a smaller catch radius. Also part of his size, his downfield physicality is not great. For players that at the top of the league, being able to box out defenders and use their body to their advantage. This is where the he could use a bit of improvement.

Again, it is way too early to know how Hardman will play in the NFL; However, his talent is not as high as many of the receivers that went in round two, in my opinion. While his playmaking ability is incredible and he has been gifted with top-notch speed, he will need to improve in several parts of his game to be a true number one receiver in the NFL.

If authentic, the audio cut of Hill and his girlfriend would be quite damning to his case with the NFL, which has a track record for conducting detailed investigations in the matters of child and/or spousal abuse.

And the notion of Hill potentially lying to police authorities may be grounds for an unprecedented suspension, if not a lifetime ban with the NFL.

Which brings us back to Hardman: the lightning-fast wideout enjoyed a breakout season last year, rolling for 35 catches, 543 yards and eight total touchdowns.

Interestingly, Hardman’s athletic skill set compares favorably to that of Hill; and whether fair or not, those tie-ins will become even more prevalent, if Hardman gets vaulted into a starting role in Year 1.

Bottom line: the pressure’s on for the player (Hardman) who just joined a franchise with sky-high hopes of making the Super Bowl in 2020.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talks about how WR Mecole Hardman of Georgia and Virginia DB Juan Thornhill, the team’s first two 2019 NFL Draft picks, will fit in and help the team.

Mecole Hardman is around the same size as many of the NFL’s leading receivers including Antonio Brown, Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton, Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. His size, speed, and quickness would present problems for bigger corners.

Hardman was a high-school quarterback, and is still learning the receiver position. With that being considered, his ceiling is considerably higher as a pro than in college. He managed to find the end zone once every 4.6 plays, scoring 13 touchdowns on only 60 touches. He also managed 1,467 return yards on only 74 returns.

Mecole would be valuable in the Ravens’ offense, and would be able to take the top off, consistently winning 1-on-1 on the outside or in the slot. If the box is stacked, Hardman will score at a freakishly high rate if Lamar Jackson is able to get the ball in his hands deep.

Greg Roman would love to have him for jet sweeps/screens which are a prominent feature in his offensive game plan. Many pundits predict that Mecole will be available in the third round.

University of Georgia playmakers have excelled at the NFL level, and Hardman should follow suit. He projects somewhere between Seattle Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett and Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill. If the Ravens are able to secure Hardman with the 85th pick, they won’t regret it.

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That being said, Garrett Bradbury is a rare talent at the center position and if he’s still on the board at pick 29, it might be tough to go a different route.

Yes, the Chiefs need to focus heavily on defense, but they shouldn’t reach on a guy if they don’t have to. Picking Bradbury 29th overall wouldn’t be reaching at all. He spent time playing left guard as well during his time at NC State and that just so happens to be a position that isn’t shored up in Kansas City.

Cameron Erving is a fine player, but he’s a better backup. When given extensive work as a starter, he struggled a bit, so maybe Bradbury could be the starting left guard until Reiter’s contract is either up or he struggles enough that he’s removed as the starting center.

Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach spent last offseason adding developmental pieces along the interior of the offensive line last season, anticipating the loss of Mitch Morse.

It wasn’t an accident that the Chiefs extended contracts for Cameron Erving and Austin Reiter before the 2018 season and signed Jimmy Murray and Ryan Hunter after the draft.

Kansas City has provided ample time for two other guards Andrew Wylie and Kahlil McKenzie to develop.

While interior offensive line may not be a pressing need, there will be opportunities to address depth at those spots if the Chiefs elect to upgrade at left guard or center. Some of my favorite prospects are detailed below:

Because of his arm length (33⅝”), some teams may view Alabama’s Jonah Williams as an interior lineman instead of an offensive tackle. This is what happened to 2015 first-round pick Cameron Erving (34⅛” arms), who played left tackle at Florida State but has settled in at guard for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now, Williams is a more polished technician than Erving was as a prospect, but his ability to overpower defenders at the point of attack is similar.

“Draft him, put him at OT or OG, he will block the player in front of him,” former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz tweeted of Williams. “That’s what matters.”

The fact that Erving didn’t pan out with the Cleveland Browns shouldn’t make this a scary comparison. He’s become a terrific fit for the Chiefs, as he’s a reliable starter at guard who can fill in at tackle if needed.

They picked up 2011 first-rounder Phil Taylor’s, but cut him before the start of the 2015 season. The players they did not pick up the options for include: Trent Richardson (2012), Brandon Weeden (2012), Barkevious Mingo (2013), Justin Gilbert (2014), Johnny Manziel (2014), Danny Shelton (2015), and Cameron Erving (2015). They won’t exercise 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman‘s either, since he’s on the Giants roster now. The streak should end when it’s time to do business with 2017 first-rounder Myles Garrett.

Blowing that many premium picks is an easy way to prevent your team from being good for years to come.

The Seahawks are 0-for-2 over the same span, since they so often trade down and out of the first round.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Panthers, Texans, and Chargers are a clean 5-for-5 through the 2015 draft class, while the Falcons are 4-for-4.

We’ll continue with the fifth round, where the Chiefs currently own one pick in this year’s draft (No. 167 overall). There have been several notable players taken with that exact selection in NFL history, including Minnesota Vikings’ defensive back Bobby Bryant (No. 167 in 1967) and Miami Dolphins’ two-time All-Pro punter Reggie Roby (No. 167 in 1983).

Kansas City didn’t pick in the fifth round last year, instead choosing to trade their selection to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for offensive lineman Cameron Erving.

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As part of the Clark trade, the Chiefs swapped their original third-round pick (92nd overall) for the Seahawks’ 84th. However, Kansas City doesn’t own a fourth-round pick because of a 2017 trade to acquire Buffalo Bills LB Reggie Ragland.

With that third-round pick from Seattle, Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye would represent great value. Though he lacks elite speed, the 6-2, 205 pounder is a physical press cornerback. He was an All-Big Ten performer last season while breaking up 12 passes (to lead Penn State) and recording three interceptions and 51 tackles.

Though the obvious needs are on the defensive side, head coach Andy Reid loves drafting offensive linemen, which he did early and often with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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With C Mitch Morse having signed a four-year, $44.5 million deal, including $26.175 million guaranteed, with the Buffalo Bills, that position could also be bolstered.

Ohio State C/G Michael Jordan would have great value in the third or fifth round.

He won’t go on to have the career his namesake had in basketball, but the football version has a great frame at 6-6 and 312 pounds. Experienced and durable, Jordan impressively started every game for the Buckeyes during the last three seasons.

Alabama has had inside linebackers selected early in each of the last three drafts. Reggie Ragland went 41st overall in 2016, Reuben Foster slid to 31st in 2017, and Rashaan Evans went 21st in 2018. As such, like with other positions in Bama’s defense, younger players have to wait their turn to get on the field.

As a freshman in 2016, Wilson’s impact was mainly felt on special teams, where he produced a lot of big hits on kick coverage. When he got his chance to start in 2017, he responded by intercepting four passes. In 2018, he had two picks, and was an enforcer at times (but a shaky tackler at other times) in the middle of Bama’s imposing defense.

On Thursday, Bleacher Report revealed their selections for the worst player of the 2018 season for each NFL team. To no surprise, their choice for the Kansas City Chiefs went to someone on defense, with the unlucky recipient being linebacker Reggie Ragland.

Ragland has 80 tackles and 0.5 sacks this season for the Chiefs in 15 games. He’s currently not the lowest-rated starting player on the Chiefs defense at Pro Football Focus (that dubious distinction goes to linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who ranks as the number 89 linebacker in the NFL to Ragland’s 77), but Bleacher Report made Ragland the choice while criticizing his tackling and pass coverage.

“Ragland is a big part of why the Chiefs are easy to attack in the middle of the field,” wrote Kristopher Knox of B/R. “Many of his tackles have come as he’s chasing ball-carriers. Browns and Colts fans who watched D’Qwell Jackson rack up stats in his heyday can relate. The former Alabama standout misses far too many open-field tackles, and he’s a liability in pass coverage as well. He’s a big reason why Kansas City’s defense could cost the team in the postseason.”

The Chiefs acquired Ragland in a preseason trade with the Buffalo Bills in 2017 after he missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. He worked his way into the starting lineup last season and had enough good moments to create a strong level of optimism for his prospects in 2018. That optimism was spurred in part by Ragland seemingly having his injury problems in the past.

“I’m very comfortable now,” Ragland told reporters in April. “Offseason workouts, I did a lot of stuff as far as explosiveness and I feel like I’m getting my explosiveness back. As far as the defense, I feel like I’m more comfortable now. The verbiage, I’m spitting it out in the meetings and everything, so I’m very comfortable.”

Ragland’s path took a temporary detour in July when he was sidelined for multiple weeks after swelling flared up in his knee. He returned to action in August and was healthy enough by the opening of the season to be back in the starting lineup. He’s gone on to play 546 snaps this year (49.10 percent) and racked up a season-high ten tackles in Kansas City’s loss at Seattle in Week 16.

The title of worst Chiefs player this season is one that’s up for debate (if it’s even a debate worth having), but perhaps Ragland is among those who hasn’t flashed as much as some thought he would coming into 2018. If Ragland’s showing this season does deserve the type of criticism Bleacher Report gave, he’s certainly not alone — there’s more than enough to go around for a defense that heads into the final week ranking second-to-last in the league in yards allowed per game.

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The Kansas City Chiefs signed their remaining unsigned exclusive rights and restricted free agents at the start of the offseason program.

Jordan Lucas, Justin Hamilton and Harrison Butker all signed one-year tenders on Monday as expected, per the NFL’s transaction report.

Butker is the most significant of these three signings. He’s been the starting kicker for the Chiefs during the past two seasons. As a former exclusive rights free agent, Butker is set to earn a salary of $645,000 in 2019, though he could still be signed to a long-term contract before mid-July.

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Lucas, appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs last season. He’s been a favorite of Chiefs fans, and many thought he deserved more starting opportunities when the Chiefs struggled to find the right safety combination. He’ll have a chance to earn a more prominent role in 2019 with a new defensive coaching staff. Lucas’ tender is for significantly more because he was a restricted free agent. He was given a low-level tender based on his draft status and will earn just over $2 million on the 2019 season.

Hamilton is set to make the same salary as Butker. He is also an exclusive rights free agent. Hamilton appeared in just five NFL games with the Chiefs in 2018, but he did play a role in motivating Justin Houston during the final stretch of games to end the season. With the change to a 4-3 base defense, Hamilton’s role is unclear.

Another place that’s close to home for the Gould family: Green Bay. Could the Packers jettison Mason Crosby – who’s in the last year of his contract and has shown signs of decline the last few years – in favor of Gould? A few other teams close to Chicago either don’t need a kicker (the Colts have Adam Vinatieri, the Lions have Matt Prater, the Chiefs have Harrison Butker), don’t have the money to pull off a trade (the Vikings have just under $2 million in cap space) or don’t look ready to contend (the Bengals are…just kind of there).

The Browns could be a fit, given Gould’s proven ability to kick in poor weather and their designs on competing in 2019, though rookie Greg Joseph hit 85 percent of his kicks in 2018 and is inexpensive. So the question here: What would other teams offer for Gould? Better than a sixth-round pick? And how many teams would actually have interest?

Two generations of Kansas City Chiefs’ football collided at the Don Bosco Senior Center on Monday morning as kicker Harrison Butker and Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud helped more than 180 local seniors ring in the new year.

It marked the sixth-consecutive year that the Chiefs visited the center during the holidays and the 18th consecutive year overall.

The visit came on the heels of Kansas City’s division-clinching victory over the Oakland Raiders a day prior, but the excitement from the night before didn’t hinder Butker’s desire to show up for those in his community.

“It’s important to give back. We’re given a great platform by playing in the NFL, and I love meeting people here in Kansas City,” Butker said. “[The senior center] is a special place to come hang out and meet some people that probably don’t get the attention that they deserve. It’s fun to get to know them and celebrate the new year.”

Butker shook hands, signed autographs and took pictures with the seniors before going on stage to read Bingo numbers, but the second-year kicker wasn’t the only one garnering a palpable level of fanfare at the center.

Stenerud, who played for the Chiefs from 1967-79 and was the first pure placekicker to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991, was just as popular.

“As somebody who grew up in Kansas City as part of this generation and who has supported the Chiefs for a long time, it’s amazing to see a familiar face like Jan Stenerud,” said Anne Miller, the Senior Center Director. “Somebody even knew the answer when Jan asked what Lenny Dawson’s number was. They’re true supporters and they’re so excited for this young new group.”

Stenerud’s presence was also a welcome sight for the 23-year-old Butker, who connected on 24 of his 27 field goal attempts this season.

“I’ve met Jan a couple times. He’s obviously a Hall of Fame placekicker and just an amazing guy, both on and off the field,” Butker said. “I’m always glad to spend some time with him and to try and learn some things about kicking. The fact that he’s here made me want to be here even more.”

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When it comes to dynasty football leagues you know there is no offseason. Without the in-season worries of lineup setting and setting up waiver wire claims, dynasty league enthusiasts can focus their efforts on making trades to improve their teams and preparing for rookie drafts.

Today’s column will take a look at Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins. We will start off with an overview of the veteran and then take a look at analyzing his value in dynasty leagues. Then, to finish it off, we will propose some possible trades involving Watkins to give you some ideas for either buying or selling him.

For all discussions regarding Sammy Watkins’ dynasty value, let’s assume you are playing in a 12-team, one-quarterback dynasty league with PPR scoring. As always, player values can shift quickly in dynasty leagues so be sure to stay on top of the NFL news cycle when proposing trades.
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The Buffalo Bills traded up five spots in the 2014 NFL draft to take Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick. They paid a lot, sending the ninth overall pick and a future first and fourth to the Cleveland Browns to seal the deal. The trade looked good at first as Watkins played in 29 of 32 possible games in his first two seasons, catching 125 passes for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns. He played hurt for much of his third, and final, season in Buffalo. Watkins appeared in just eight games while playing through a foot issue.

The Bills then traded Watkins to the Rams after his third season instead of signing him to a contract extension when his rookie deal expired. Watkins was an afterthought in the Los Angeles offense, catching just 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns despite his 15 games played being the second-most of his career. Watkins was on the move again following the 2017 season, this time heading to the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year deal. Watkins again struggled with injuries in 2018, playing in just 10 games. Despite the abbreviated season, Watkins almost matched his production from the year prior, catching 40 passes for 519 yards and three scores. He also showed the best efficiency of his career, hauling in 72.7% of his targets. That came after topping a 60% target conversion rate just once in the previous four seasons.

Watkins was on his way to another offseason as a low-end WR3 in dynasty until the unsettling Tyreek Hill news broke in mid-March. Now, with the possibility that Hill may face either legal action, punishment from the league, or both, Watkins has seen his dynasty ADP on Fantasy Football Calculator raise several rounds. While no one knows what, if anything, will happen to Hill, just the possibility is causing Watkins to gain some dynasty value. If Hill were to miss extended time with the Chiefs, Watkins would be elevated to the WR1 role in one of the top offenses in the league. On the other hand, Hill may very well be cleared of any wrongdoing, leaving Watkins where he was last season.

Let’s say Tyreek Hill is suspended by the NFL for being involved in whatever happened with his child — and as of now, we don’t know anything and it’s important to stress that — the Chiefs would be low on weapons. If the Chiefs did the same thing they did to Kareem Hunt to Hill — and Hill isn’t going to get the benefit of the doubt from his prior issues — then the Chiefs are running out of weapons. They’ll still have Travis Kelce, but there isn’t much after that.

Hunt is gone and they have permanently replaced him with Damien Williams. Williams played well in the playoffs, but he’s come into some season with high expectations before — during his time in Miami — and he didn’t do much. No one knows if he can translate his playoff success to a 16 game schedule. Carlos Hyde’s best days are behind him. The receiving corps would have Sammy Watkins as their top threat. Watkins can never stay healthy and it may be time to accept that he’s never going to play up to his expectations many people had for him when he was drafted. Sammie Coates or DeMarcus Robinson would be the No. 2 wide receiver.

Sure, the Chiefs scheme is great and Mahomes does things that we’ve never seen from the quarterback position, but even the greatest quarterbacks struggle with no-name wide receivers. Tom Brady is the exception since he dragged a Patriots teams with Reche Caldwell as their best-receiving threat, but the next year they revamped the entire offense. Look at what happened with Aaron Rodgers last year when he didn’t have any receiving threats. Mahomes can fling the ball around the field all he wants, but if his receivers don’t get open, that could lead to some turnovers. Turnovers are bad things.

For all of our sake, hopefully, Hill is not involved with anything that could get him suspended or cut. We got a year of seeing what Mahomes could do with weapons. There’s no reason to raise the degree of difficulty.

As Mayock himself might say, let’s look at the tape … or, at the very least, his previous mock drafts and accompanying thoughts on previous Raiders picks.

Almost as infamously as he gave Raiders 2009 second-rounder Mike Mitchell a seventh-round grade and apologized to him for it later, Mayock also famously said he would have taken Khalil Mack first overall in 2014 (he fell to the Raiders at No. 5 after, in order, Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, Blake Bortles and Sammy Watkins).

“You talk about a kid like Clowney, who’s just got superhuman abilities, versus this kid, and if I had a choice between the two, I think I’m taking Mack,” Mayock said at the time.

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost more than just on-field talent when they decided to release linebacker Justin Houston and safety Eric Berry earlier this month. They also lost two leaders in the locker room whose presence could take some time to replace.

The answer to who will step up in a leadership role next season isn’t known quite yet, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid thinks he’s got at least a few candidates available. Among them are recently-signed safety Tyrann Mathieu, defensive lineman Chris Jones, and linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland.

“I think (Mathieu) coming in will help,” Reid said at this week’s NFL meetings in Phoenix, per Chiefs.com. “He’s got good leadership. As funny and all as Chris (Jones) is, he actually hustles and does those things in practice. He has a good way about him. He will do that. We will see how people develop. Both our inside linebackers (Hitchens, Ragland), both of those guys are good leaders. I’ve learned over time as guys leave, other guys step up. Sometimes it brings out a little different personality and you end up with good leadership from those guys.”

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Mathieu and Jones, as Reid mentioned, could be two players to watch. Both players have already shown willingness to take over the role — Jones via Twitter, and Mathieu during his introductory press conference on March 14 when he talked about stepping up in place of Berry.

“No doubt it will be huge shoes to fill, obviously,” Mathieu said. “Playing safety, coming from the SEC, I think Eric Berry was always a guy I admire. He gave me a ton of inspiration, especially all the adversity and things he’s dealt with. It would have been an honor to play with him. But ultimately I think anytime you can steer your own ship and get guys to believe in you and get guys to buy into you the way Eric did, I think that’s my plan.”

With the Chiefs undergoing a personnel and culture change on defense under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, players emerging as leaders could be an important step in turning around a unit that ranked second-to-last in the NFL last season. Mathieu is up for the task, both in terms of improving the defense and taking on the leadership void.

“That’s the challenge. I think that’s also part of the reason I’m here as well,” Mathieu said. “I think we all know what the offense can do. I think it’ll be my job to come in here, try to get some direction, try to give guys some motivation, some inspiration, and then be an everyday factor. I want to be the same guy I am in the weight room that I am in the football field. That’s what I’m really looking forward to bringing to this team, and like I said I’m going to try to do my best to do that every single day.”

“There will be really good football players that will be there at positions that you might kind of hope for,” promises COO Stephen Jones for the pick at 58.

Now it’s a matter of hitting, just as the Cowboys did with some of these guys: Connor Williams (50), Awuzie (60), Randy Gregory (60), DeMarco Murray (70), Tyrone Crawford (81), Maliek Collins (67) and Michael Gallup (81). And that’s looking back to just 2011.

In fact, let’s do this. Let’s look back at the last eight drafts. From those drafts, the Cowboys still have 27 players on their 90-man roster, and of those 27, 17 still are considered starters. In fact, the Cowboys did find 25 players from those eight drafts who started for a period of time, though some have moved on. Guys such as Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, Geoff Swaim, J.J. Wilcox, Morris Claiborne, Murray and though he didn’t start regularly, jack-of-all-trades Dwayne Harris.

Plus, those past eight drafts have produced nine Pro Bowl players: Leighton Vander Esch, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Byron Jones, Martin, Lawrence, Frederick, Smith and Murray.

That means by adding significant draft input from head coach Jason Garrett and vice president of player personnel Will McClay to the Joneses’ over the past eight drafts, the Cowboys, through mostly the draft, have built a roster capable of stringing together four winning seasons in the past five years, three NFC East titles, only one losing season and an overall record of 72-56 and 2-3 in the playoffs – arguably seconds and a no-catch ruling away from becoming significantly better.

Go ahead, add me two potential starters next Friday. Not necessarily 2019 Day Oners, but get me another Collins or Gallup or Awuzie or Lawrence or Woods.

Guys to plug into key roles who just might … just might … grow into becoming a Murray or Jaylon Smith or Anthony Brown or Sean Lee if I may be allowed to go back to 2010 or, uh, for real, a Prescott.

The Players’ Tribune often tells some of the best behind-the-scenes stories in sports from the perspective of those that have lived it, and their recent profile on Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Anthony Hitchens is no different.

Hitchens’ path from suburban Cleveland to the NFL, which The Players’ Tribune detailed in a video feature, is a complicated one that likely wouldn’t have been possible without the compassion of a local family who agreed to take him in at a young age.

“Growing up before I met the Andersons, it was different,” Hitchens explained in the feature. “My family was in and out of jail, and I wanted something more in my life.”

The video explains how Hitchens met his soon-to-be best friend, Zach Anderson, in high school and not too long after, Hitchens spent an evening at the Anderson’s home.

“One night became two nights, and the next thing you know, I had clothes there,” Hitchens said.

The Andersons went on to adopt Hitchens and his brother, James, with the intent of raising the two boys as their own.

“When we look at James and Anthony, there is no difference between when I look at those two and when I look at [my biological sons] Chad and Zach,” said Brad Anderson, Hitchens’ adoptive father. “It’s always been that way.”

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It’s no secret that the Washington Redskins are in search of their future franchise quarterback. The Redskins front office have a handful of options within the 2019 draft class, including Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones.

Even more notably, there’s Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins Jr., who is not only a projected Top 10 pick but started his journey to the NFL in the Redskins’ backyard.

Moving from New Jersey to the D.C. area to attend the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., if it wasn’t for former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, Haskins may not be where he is today.

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“He needed to play against better competition,” Springs said in NBC Sports Washington’s ‘I Am the Prospect’ feature after meeting Haskins at a young age at a passing camp in the Jersey area.

“So, one day I was just like, ‘Mr. Haskins you should come down to the Washington D.C. area and watch a football game,'” Springs said.

That football game between Good Council and Gilman included three players by the names of Stefon Diggs, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, Kendall Fuller, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Cyrus Jones, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens.

“I remember Dwayne just watching them, checking it out and he was just like,’is this college?,'”Springs said.

What built from there was a mentorship between Haskins Jr. and Springs that would last long past his days at the Bullis School.

Bunting presents an interesting player for the Chiefs because their positioning represents the bookends for his likely draft stock. Bunting is often considered one of the second-tier corners available in the draft—an unlikely first round prospect whose draft stock has soared in recent months. Consequently, Bunting could come off the board earlier in the second round. For the Chiefs, it means picking at or near the end of every round becomes problematic for a tweener value like Bunting.

The bottom line is that the Chiefs need to likely strike early if they really want Bunting. If Veach believes he’s going to provide some real talent and competition alongside Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland, Tremon Smith and Charvarius Ward, then he needs to simply be decisive and take him. Then again this could be a good time to trade back and pick up an extra pick in the draft’s middle rounds, especially if it adds a pick on Day

“When Springs came into my life, I knew he was a person that can give me the keen insight of really giving Dwayne the opportunity to be in position to have a very effective role model and a mentor to steer us in the right direction if he had the ability to play at the next level,” Haskins Jr.’s father, Dwayne Haskins Sr. said.

Haskins would also follow in Springs’ footsteps playing at Ohio State, his dream school as a kid, after previously committing to the University of Maryland. In just one year as their starter, Haskins threw 50 touchdowns and claimed the school’s records for total offense in a single season (4,831), total passing yards in a game (470) and total offensive yards in a game (477) to name a few. That was enough for him to declare for the NFL Draft.

“I just shared my experience with him,” Springs said. “That was a decision that only he could make and that he could make with his family. I told him I would support him either way, I get it. And he was mature enough to make that decision.”

All of Haskins’ hard work will pay off in a little over a week when he receives a phone call from one of the 32 general managers around the league. Whether he lands back in the D.C. area or not, Springs is confident he’ll be able to contribute in the NFL for a very long time.

“Any team or organization that draft Dwayne will realize they got a franchise quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years,” Springs added.

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to host NFL Draft prospects in anticipation of the big event at the end of April. On Wednesday, the team hosted Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting at Arrowhead Stadium for a pre-draft visit.

The Chiefs have been linked to Bunting already this offseason, not only in mock drafts done by NFL analysts, but the team has also checked him out at CMU’s pro day as one of several teams on hand.

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The Browns announced Monday afternoon that defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for safety Eric Murray. The Chiefs also announced the transaction.

Ogbah did not report Monday for the start of the Browns’ voluntary offseason workout program while the Browns actively pursued a trade partner, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier.

With Ogbah, the Chiefs land an experienced player for a retooled defensive front as the team transitions from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 front under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. In three seasons with the Browns, Ogbah started 40 games and totaled 122 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits.

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The Chiefs previously signed defensive end Alex Okafor during free agency and the additions of Okafor and Ogbah come after Kansas City parted ways with outside linebackers Justin Houston, who later signed a free-agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts, and Dee Ford, whom the Chiefs traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

Meanwhile, Cleveland gets a player Dorsey knows well. Murray entered the league in 2016 as a fourth-round draft pick with the Chiefs while Dorsey served as the general manager.

The 25-year-old Murray, a converted college cornerback, provides versatility on the back end of coverage and replaces safety Derrick Kindred, who was released earlier Monday.

On his three-year career, Murray has appeared in 45 games with 11 starts, totaling 72 tackles, a sack, an interception and seven passes defensed.

Strong safety has been interesting for the Browns this off-season. They traded Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants as part of the deal for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. At that point, the starting job was believed to be in the hands of Derrick Kindred, who was released in the days to follow. General Manager John Dorsey acquired safety Eric Murray from the Kansas City Chiefs and signed veteran Morgan Burnett. Those additions do not preclude Cleveland from taking a long-term replacement early. Murray is best known for his special teams prowess.

The team also has pressing needs at outside linebacker and cornerback. There is potential to address the tight end, running back, defensive tackle and the offensive line positions. While there are capable starters on the roster at each of those positions, the team could benefit from building depth.

The Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a trade on Monday afternoon, which will send safety Eric Murray to Cleveland and Emmanuel Ogbah to Kansas City.

This deal makes a decent amount of sense for both sides in terms of need, as the Browns recently traded starting safety Jabril Peppers to the New York Giants as a part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade and also released Derrick Kindred earlier this week. The Browns were also the worst special teams unit in the NFL last season by quite a distance, and Murray has been terrific there in the past, earning an 86.4 special teams grade as a rookie in 2016 which was worth about a fifth of a win above replacement. While Murray has mostly struggled along with the Chiefs’ defense over the past two years, allowing a 103.6 passer rating into his coverage and committing nine penalties, he’s likely to offer value as a reserve if he doesn’t end up starting.

The Chiefs, fresh off of acquiring the multi-talented safety Tyrann Mathieu early in free agency after drafting Armani Watts in the fourth round a season ago, have been in the market for new (and different) edge players in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s new scheme. They jettisoned franchise tag recipient Dee Ford last month while acquiring Alex Okafor in free agency, and while Okafor promises to be a more complete player than Ogbah, whose career has been in decline since a decent rookie year in 2016, he has had his moments during his first three years in Cleveland having mostly played on the left side of the defensive line the last two (Okafor has mostly played on the right side).

Ogbah has tallied 98 pressures and 62 stops since being selected at the top of the second round in 2016, and he will compete with two other second-rounders looking to improve on underwhelming starts to their career in Tanoh Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks. With their biggest need being cornerback in the upcoming draft, the Chiefs have put themselves in a position where they don’t have to reach and draft for bodies along the defensive line later this month, only opting for edge talent should it offer substantial value relative to when they end up selecting.

While this move will not move the needle with respect to win totals or Super Bowl odds, it’s a sign that both teams are past the phase of developing their identity as a football team during the 2019 offseason, and are focused on fortifying their depth at positions of need.

Prisco regraded all 32 draft classes from 2016 for a feature posted to CBS Sports on Monday. The Chiefs drafted nine players in 2016, and only four of them are still on the team. But two of them — Chris Jones and Tyreek Hill — have developed into high-end players. The presence of Jones and Hill as well as the successful trade the Chiefs made out of Round 1 (pick 28, pick 249 to San Francisco for pick 37, pick 105, and pick 178) pushed Prisco to upgrade his original grade of B-minus to an A.

“They traded their first-round pick to the 49ers for three picks,” wrote Prisco. “That gave them nine picks in the draft. They hit big on two of them. Second-round defensive tackle Chris Jones is a rising star. Fifth-round receiver Tyreek Hill is already a star. Fourth-round safety Eric Murray has started at times and fifth-round receiver Demarus Robinson has been a contributor. They missed on third-round corner KeiVarae Russell.”