Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey

We’ve discussed in detail on this website about how Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif lives a good life out of football.

Whether it be completing his medical degree, trying his hand at journalism at the Winter Olympics or simply popping onto NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, the now-sixth-year Chief often finds himself in the spotlight more so than the shadows, which might be otherwise typical for an offensive lineman.

This past weekend was no different, as Duvernay-Tardif had the opportunity to meet Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi. Duvernay-Tardif was born in Montreal and grew up a Canadiens fan, and the two swapped their football and hockey jerseys, respectively.

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Thirty-five of Kansas City’s 59 sixth-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in a total of 841 total contests.Eight of the Chiefs’ nine sixth-round picks since 2014 have appeared in at least one game for Kansas City. The most productive player in that group has been offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has started 43 games in his five years with the Chiefs.

A few years ago, the Chiefs selected former Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif—a relative unknown—in the sixth round of the draft out of McGill University, which was described as about the level of junior college football.

It took Duvernay-Tardif a year of development but then he turned into one of the best guards in all of football, so it’s fair to say that late-round offensive lineman under Chiefs’ offensive line coach Andy Heck have developed nicely. We also saw it a few years ago with Zach Fulton, plus the recent quality play of a late pickup in Andrew Wylie, plus countless other guys who have improved and developed under Heck’s guidance.

It was a busy offseason for the NFL’s Canadians. Luke Willson went from Detroit to Oakland. Brett Jones re-signed with the Vikings. Long snapper L.P. LaDouceur signed a one-year deal with Dallas to return for his 15th season. LaDouceur, Tyrone Crawford and Christian Covington – who was not offered a new contract by the Houston Texans – will try to take the Cowboys deeper into the playoffs, while Kansas City’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is fully healed from his broken leg and focused on the Chiefs reaching the Super Bowl in 2019.

What will happen is still to be determined; for now, here is a list of the Canadians to keep an eye on as all 32 NFL teams get prepared to battle for the Lombardi Trophy.

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Jamaal Charles to a one-day contract to allow him to retire in red and gold.

The Chiefs said Wednesday that the four-time pro bowl running back will retire as a Kansas City Chief.Charles went on to sign a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos before jumping to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. He only played two games as a Jaguar.

Charles was released by the team in 2017, with money from his salary clearing the way for Eric Berry and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Selected by the Chiefs as a third-round pick in 2008, he became the team’s all-time leader in rushing yards with 7,260 over the course of nine years. He also averaged 5.4 yards per carry – an NFL high for running backs with a minimum of 750 carries.

The Chiefs activated Duvernay-Tardif from injured reserve (fibula) back on January 15 ahead of the AFC championship against the New England Patriots, but the Chiefs chose to start and play Andrew Wylie, instead. The expectation is that Duvernay-Tardif should be ready for offseason workouts, which begin on April 15.

Mitchell Schwartz Jersey

Normally when people think of an MVP, they think quarterback. Very rarely is an offensive lineman an MVP, if ever. While Patrick Mahomes is the league MVP, the hidden MVP of this squad is right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.

Mitchell Schwartz came over to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 as an Unrestricted Free Agent after spending his first four seasons in Cleveland, where he was a second round pick. Schwartz, the brother of former Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz, was considered one of the top Free Agents in 2016.

It also helped that he was graded as the number six tackle in his final season with the Browns and he was the first right tackle on that list. The Chiefs had had a revolving door at the position since John Alt played in Chiefs red, so this was a big get. Fans were just a little skeptical though because the last time the Chiefs landed a big time right tackle, Eric Winston, it didn’t turn out too well.

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 30: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by teammate Mitchell Schwartz #71 after throwing his fiftieth touchdown of the season during the third quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

The Schwartz signing was a necessary evil though and one that was well worth the risk. The Chiefs needed a right tackle in the worst way, with incumbent Donald Stephenson playing inconsistently since he was drafted. It was one of the final pieces of the offensive line puzzle that then Chiefs general manager John Dorsey had been trying to solve.

Geoff Schwartz played one season with the Kansas City Chiefs. During that year, he spent a week serving as the scout team version of his brother, Cleveland Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Then Kansas City pass rusher Justin Houston was going through his normal routine at practice against the opposition’s right tackle. There was one change that week, however. Houston was not fulfilling his pass rush because he was afraid of his teammate giving tips to his younger brother.

Offensive tackle isn’t a priority for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 NFL Draft. The roster has two quality starting tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

Now might be a good time if general manager Brett Veach wants to find a developmental tackle who could be ready in two to three years when the contracts of the Chiefs’ current starting tackles expire.

The Chiefs appear to prefer long-armed, athletic athletes with excellent lateral quickness who project as solid zone blockers with an ability to pull into space and pass protection adequately on the offensive line.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Offensive tackle isn’t a priority for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 NFL Draft. The roster has two quality starting tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

Now might be a good time if general manager Brett Veach wants to find a developmental tackle who could be ready in two to three years when the contracts of the Chiefs’ current starting tackles expire.

The Chiefs appear to prefer long-armed, athletic athletes with excellent lateral quickness who project as solid zone blockers with an ability to pull into space and pass protection adequately on the offensive line.

Recent history suggests that the Chiefs tend to prioritize athletic ability over technique deficiencies.

Kansas City also hasn’t acquired many offensive linemen high in the the draft. The only recent first-round investment was No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher in 2013.

Former general manager John Dorsey acquired most of the remaining line through free agency or in the sixth round or later.

Veach picked up Cameron Erving in a trade last year, but he has made most offensive line additions through free agency. Here are some of the top fits at offensive tackle:Now: Austin Reiter, Nick Allegretti, Jimmy Murray, Cam Erving, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Kahlil McKenzie, Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz, Andrew Wylie, Dino Boyd, Ryan Hunter, Pace Murphy and Justin Senior

Nick Allegretti Jersey

Nick Allegretti obviously was a little bit concerned last weekend as the seventh round of the NFL Draft was winding down.

The former Lincoln-Way East standout was a two-year captain and three-year staple on the offensive line where he had 36 consecutive starts while playing almost every snap for Illini coach Lovie Smith. Illinois has had a draft selection in 43 of the past 47 years and now has 242 all-time selections.The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp Monday, and by the sound of it, head coach Andy Reid came away pleased with what he saw.

Reid spoke with reporters following the conclusion of Monday’s session and had positive things to say about a number of players, as well as the group of prospects the Chiefs assembled as a whole. Over 70 players attended the three-day minicamp, including the six players the Chiefs selected in the 2019 NFL Draft (wide receiver Mecole Hardman, safety Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, cornerback Rashad Fenton, running back Derwin Thompson, and offensive lineman Nick Allegretti), 17 undrafted signings and a number of tryout players.

Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti, who was a standout football player and wrestler at Lincoln-Way East, played three seasons for the Illini and was drafted last week in the seventh-round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I think overall, this was the best overall group at all positions that we had, just where you could go out and really compete here and make it real,” Reid said.

Reid spoke the most about Hardman, who was making his debut after being the first player the Chiefs selected in the 2019 NFL Draft (Round 2, pick 56 overall). What Reid liked the seeing from Hardman was the improvement he showed from the start of minicamp to its conclusion.

“Every day he got a little better. These are all new — these routes are new to him,” Reid said. “He did a nice job in the red zone, which normally is the toughest place to work, but he did extremely well there. He had a good finish.”

NASHVILLE – Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday in Nashville. Allegretti was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 216th overall pick.

Allegretti is the sixth Illini drafted in Kansas City Chiefs history and the first since Jeff Allen in 2012. Allen, also an offensive lineman, helped the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game in 2019.

Allegretti was a two-time captain and finished his football career with 36 consecutive starts while playing nearly every snap on the o-line over the last three seasons. A second-team All-Big Ten selection, Allegretti was graded as the third-best offensive guard in the nation in 2018 by Pro Football Focus, allowing just one QB hit and zero sacks on the season while anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for the nation’s 12th-ranked rushing offense. PFF graded him as the No. 6 run-blocking guard and the No. 11 pass-blocking guard in the nation.

Reid said there was one route in particular Hardman had problems with in the early going of minicamp. But he quickly bounced back to show improvement, which was something that left an impression.

Dozens of drafted rookies, undrafted free agent signings and young players asked to try out came together on Saturday for opening day of a three-day rookie minicamp for the Kansas City Chiefs. It was also a time to hear from head coach Andy Reid as he updated reporters on several players.

Reid spoke about a few of the team’s six recent draftees from the 2019 Draft. He noted seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti will be working at center to start. The 6’4″, 320-pound offensive lineman played as a guard for most of his collegiate career at the University of Illinois, but he impressed at center at the Senior Bowl. The Chiefs will enjoy his versatility if he looks good in the middle.

“Nick is an offensive lineman. He can play center or guard, a dual position guy. He can probably kick out and play tackle. He’s not a small guy. We like him in those two positions, guard and center. He’ll be working center with the first group and then getting a little guard work here as we go. He’s very intelligent … he’s a two-time team captain … he’s a tough kid who moves around well.”

Running back Darwin Thompson out of Utah State was praised as a sleeper pick for the Chiefs in the sixth round. Reid provided a brief update on Thompson, saying the best comparison to a player he’s had before is former Chiefs back Charcandrick West

Darwin Thompson Jersey

When Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach sees a player he likes, he doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile to put him in a Chiefs uniform. That was almost the case with former Utah State running back Darwin Thompson, who Veach almost traded up to select in of the NFL Draft before landing him anyway at pick 214 overall in Round 6.

Veach made a move earlier in the draft for former University of Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who the Chiefs moved up five spots to select at pick 56 while sending pick 61 and a fifth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange. He liked Thompson enough to almost make a similar move after selecting cornerback Rashad Fenton of South Carolina at pick 201 in Round 6.

“He’s a really exciting player,” Veach said of Thompson Monday, per Chiefs.com. “We had him higher on that value board and when he fell there in the sixth round, [we took him]. Actually, when we took Fenton, I was trying to make some moves to get back up there and get [Thompson] because I didn’t want to lose him three or four selections before we picked. I called every team right after we took Fenton to go right back up and get this Thompson kid. We couldn’t reach a deal, but as we were kind of doing the review of the teams picking just ahead of us…and all these teams had taken a running back earlier in the draft, so I was like, ‘These teams went running back earlier, I think we might be OK here.’”

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We’ve already heard a bit from Chiefs scouts on their Day 3 draft picks, but now Brett Veach has weighed in. Area scout Trey Koziol revealed that he doesn’t have an exact comparison that he’d scouted for Chiefs new RB Darwin Thompson. Koziol said that he did remind him a bit of Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, but he was hard-pressed to commit to that comparison.

During Veach’s post-draft teleconference, he revealed a comparison for Thompson that he finds fitting. Thompson reminds Veach of Dion Lewis, though, there is one crucial difference.The Kansas City Chiefs have selected former Utah State running back Darwin Thompson with the 214th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Thompson (5-8, 200) was a second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2018 with 1,044 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns along with 23 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns. A junior college transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Thompson decided to leave Utah State for the draft after one season. At his Pro Day, Thompson was clocked at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash with a 39-inch vertical jump, a 126-inch broad jump, a 6.93-second 3-cone drill, and 23 bench press reps of 225 pounds.

The selection is the second in Day 3 for the Chiefs. Here’s a look at the other selections they’ve made so far.In Thompson, the Chiefs drafted a somewhat different type of back than they have with Carlos Hyde, Damien Williams and Darrell Williams, who are all at least 5-11 and over 220 pounds. Thompson checks in at just 5-8, 200 but is also very muscular, which gives him a unique look that makes it hard to compare him to anyone, according to national scout Trey Koziol.

“You want to think he’s a scatback, but he’s so powerful in that build that he really does have strength,” Koziol said Saturday. “So, it’s kind of a rare dynamic. I haven’t done a whole lot of guys out west that I could give you an honest comp and say, ‘Hey, when I looked at him on film he was this guy,’ because not a lot of guys are built that way. It’s kind of a unique build.”

Veach found his own comparison for Thompson — Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis.

“He has a little Dion Lewis in him,” Veach said. “Dion is a guy that has similar stature. He might be a little bit more stout than Dion, but both guys are tough runners for their size. Even though they’re small, they can do a lot of different things.”

Rashad Fenton Jersey

The Kansas City Chiefs have selected former South Carolina cornerback Rashad Fenton with the 201st overall pick (Round 6) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Fenton (5-11, 193) played in 48 games in four seasons at South Carolina (30 starts) and totaled 122 tackles, five interceptions, and 24 passes defensed. He also was a kick returner for the Gamecocks with a 24.8-yard career average and one return for a touchdown. Fenton was clocked at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine with a vertical jump of 34 inches, a broad jump of 117 inches, and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.25 seconds.

The selection of Fenton is the first in Day 3 for the Chiefs. Here’s a look at the other selections they’ve made so far.

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“I think we’re just looking to find another great player period, offense or defense,” Veach said. “I think the cool thing about having the league MVP (quarterback Patrick Mahomes) is he makes the people around him that much better, so that’s a luxury we have. And if we can get him another tool, we absolutely will. But I think in general we’re just looking to find playmakers on both sides of the football. I don’t think we’re going to be geared towards offense now because Pat is so good. But we’re also aware that Pat is so good, so if there’s someone out there that can make him even better, we’ll be all for it. But I think just in general, we just want to add playmakers, and that includes special teams too.”

Among the top needs coming into the draft for the Chiefs were cornerback, safety, wide receiver, tight end, and running back. The Chiefs had six draft picks in 2018, which was Veach’s first draft as general manager, and used them on defensive end Breeland Speaks (Round 2), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (Round 3), linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (Round 3), safety Armani Watts (Round 4), cornerback Tremon Smith (Round 6), and guard Kahlil McKenzie (Round 6).

Juan Thornhill of Virginia and Rashad Fenton of South Carolina will try to help impact the secondary.

“I want to prove that not only as a complete cornerback but as a complete athlete, just being able to bring more to the table and being a lockdown corner,” Fenton said. “I feel I was able to prove that during my time at South Carolina.”

The Chiefs have added Jamal Custis, an undrafted free agent receiver from Syracuse, to their lineup. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Curtis will receive $100,000 in guaranteed money.Juan Thornhill is expected to instantly mix in with the starting defensive backs. According to Brett Veach, he was the No. 1 ranked free safety prospect for the Chiefs. There’s a burden that comes with being regarded so highly as a rookie. Given the quarterbacks throwing at rookie camp, he could be in for a big one.

Then you have a guy like Khalen Saunders, who automatically has a lot to prove coming from Western Illinois which is an FCS school. He’ll have a chip on his shoulder coming in, but will it be enough? He’ll have to face off against fellow rookie Nick Allegretti during minicamp.

Fans didn’t like the Rashad Fenton pick, but Andy Reid seems to believe he’s a versatile piece for the team to use in the secondary. The question of readiness will certainly be looming, but Fenton could benefit from the quarterback play at camp.

Darwin Thompson is sure to be a fan favorite during the entire offseason program. His contact balance is superb, but he won’t have much of a chance to show it because of the lack of live contact periods.The Kansas City Chiefs used their initial pick on the final day of the NFL draft to select Rashad Fenton, a cornerback out of South Carolina who can play multiple positions on defense.Fenton is another piece Kansas City can use as it shifts to a 4-3 defense under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The club has been busy fixing one of the NFL’s worst defenses this offseason, and added safety Juan Thornhill and defensive tackle Khalen Saunders on Friday night.

Their biggest addition came earlier in the week, when the Chiefs packaged their first-round pick and a second-rounder next year to acquire pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks.