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He’s in the last year of his four-year, $6.6 million deal. An unrestricted free agent in 2020, he could cash in if he puts up big numbers for the Chiefs, particularly as a defensive end. (For example, that position had the second highest franchise tag value at $17.1 million this offseason.)
To make the big bucks, Ogbah will have to play like he did at Oklahoma State. The Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, he recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, including 12.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. As a sophomore the previous year, he had 10 sacks.
|Player & Position||School||From|
|Rock Ya-Sin CB||Temple||Pete Prisco – CBS Sports|
|Deandre Baker CB||Georgia||Eric Edholm – Yahoo Sports|
|Johnathan Abram S||Mississippi State||Connor Orr – Sports Illustrated|
|Nasir Adderley S||Delaware||Chris Trapasso – CBS Sports|
|Johnathan Abram S||Mississippi State||Adam Rank – NFL.com|
|Garrett Bradbury C||NC State||Charlie Casserly – NFL.com|
|Garrett Bradbury C||NC State||Todd McShay – ESPN|
|Marquise Brown WR||Oklahoma||Luke Easterling – Draft Wire|
|Devin Bush LB||Michigan||Charles Goldman – Chiefs Wire|
Here’s the thing about the Chiefs right now: for a team with championship hopes, they’re pretty thin all around. Right now the Chiefs have eight total picks heading into the draft. If Veach gives away a few extra—say three—the Chiefs are only coming home with a handful of prospects. That’s not good for a franchise that could use depth at multiple positions on both sides of the ball.
Right now, just on the offensive side, there’s good reason for the Chiefs to bring in more the one pick at wide receiver and tight end alone (unless you’re somehow really enamored with Blake Bell‘s recent signing). At the very least, the Chiefs would like to come home with 1 WR, 1 TE, 1 running back, a swing tackle, and an interior offensive lineman—just on the offensive side.
The team can send coaches and scouts to locations to hold private workouts with draft prospects. These are entirely separate from pre-draft visits and don’t count toward the 30 allotted to the team. They typically are used to supplement combine workouts or pro day performances.
Below you’ll find our trackers for both pre-draft visits and workouts. We’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn of more visits and workouts ahead of the 2019 NFL draft.
Round 3: Brett Rypien, Boise State
The ball placement award for the 2019 QB class goes to Rypien. He can fit a football in the smallest window with the best ball speed in this class, and he can put it where only his receiver has a chance at it. He’s also willing to hang in a collapsing pocket and deliver a strike. Making throws under pressure is one thing that translates to the NFL.
Rypien is also one of the most cerebral in this QB group because he’s been around the game his entire life. He’s the son of former Redskins Super Bowl champion QB Mark Rypien. It shows up often during his pocket presence and situational awareness. You just know that he’s been coached by a true professional.
Rypien will need refinement in the NFL and could be a good candidate to develop behind Mahomes.
Kansas City Chiefs
Second round of the 2017 draft (No. 59 overall)
Actual pick: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
Do-over pick: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
Kpassagnon contributed little in two seasons and was often a healthy scratch late last season. Had the Chiefs drafted Smith-Schuster, who went three picks later to the Steelers, they wouldn’t have needed to overpay for Sammy Watkinsin free agency the next year. Perhaps Kpassagnon’s career is revived by a switch from linebacker to his college position of defensive end this season, but he has looked like a lost pick so far. — Adam Teicher
First round of the 2017 draft (No. 4 overall)
Actual pick: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Do-over pick: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Blake Bortles was coming off a terrible season and new executive vice president of football ops Tom Coughlin could have hit the reset button on the position with the big-armed Mahomes. The Jaguars might not have made an appearance in the AFC title game that season (Fournette played a major role in that), but taking Mahomes (or Deshaun Watson) would have set up the franchise for long-term success. Plus, the Jaguars wouldn’t have signed Bortles to a four-year extension that February, a move that cost the team $16.5 million in dead money when it released him last month. Jacksonville wouldn’t have had to sign Nick Foles to a contract that averages $22.75 million a year, either. That money could have been used in free agency or to sign CB Jalen Ramsey and DE Yannick Ngakoue to extensions. — Mike DiRocco
Despite the comments by both Schneider and Wilson, the speculation has persisted. And it regained some steam earlier this month when reports surfaced that Wilson wanted a new deal by April 15 or negotiations would stop until after the season.
With less than 24 hours remaining until that deadline, Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has suddenly weighed in, claiming Wilson does in fact want to play in New York.
While Mathieu does seem like an odd source of information on this story, he has repeatedly praised Wilson and the two appear to be quite friendly, so perhaps he’s more in the know than we realize?
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