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Chiefs news for May 6, 2022

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Good morning AG! Today in Chiefs history Dustin Colquitt was born in 1982 and Kerry Reardon in 1949…

Mike Burton thinks this ‘special’ quality in Isiah Pacheco will help Chiefs | usatoday

When the Chiefs draft a player, they typically have a cut-up or highlights of that player that are made available for the rest of the team. In the case of Pacheco, Burton already knew exactly the type of player and person that the team was getting when they turned in their draft card.

He is a physical, hard-nosed runner, who also has great speed,” Burton said of Pacheco. “When you watch his tape, he’s running away from guys. From a physical standpoint, he has the tools, and I noticed that probably two years ago when I was at a Rutgers practice.”

AFC West draft grades: Chiefs deliver in big way; Broncos make value picks | nfl

With their division rivals making a lot more noise than the Chiefs did in free agency, the pressure was turned up on Kansas City to make good use of the rich collection of draft capital it possessed this year after parting with Tyreek Hill. General manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid did not disappoint. I identified receiver, edge rusher and cornerback as their three biggest needs entering the draft, and they addressed those positions with their top three selections, finding solid value with each pick. There was some handwringing when McDuffie’s arm measured shorter than 30 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine, but a couple draft experts didn’t sour on him: Daniel Jeremiah called him one of the safest players in the draft and Lance Zierlein likened him to Packers Pro Bowl CB Jaire Alexander. Sign me up for that. Jeremiah’s comp for Karlaftis is Ryan Kerrigan, another former Boilermaker and a guy who consistently produced double-digit sacks in his prime years. Karlaftis is not considered the biggest playmaker versus the run, but there’s no doubt about his motor and he’s here to get after passers anyway. On Day 2, finding Moore waiting for them at No. 54 was a bit of a surprise and a major boon for Kansas City. NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund locked in Moore as the best value pick of Rounds 2-3. The Chiefs added three more potential future starters on defense before the fourth round was over, nabbing a couple hard-hitting enforcer types in Cook and Chenal and a long corner with good instincts in Williams. Don’t sleep on the Chiefs’ seventh-round RB, either. Pacheco is an all-gas, no-brakes runner. Overall, it was an excellent draft weekend for a team looking to fend off some very hungry challengers to the AFC West throne.

Chiefs WR Named Biggest Steal Among Undrafted Rookies | heavy

Ross would be diagnosed with a congenital fusion in his spine in the spring of 2020, which had doctors telling him he would never play football again, per Adam Teicher of ESPN. The Clemson pass-catcher would undergo surgery that year and sat out the 2020 season.

During the 2021 season, which was his final year of collegiate football, Ross returned to football and caught 46 passes for 514 yards and 3 touchdowns. But a stress fracture in his foot hampered his play the entire season.

George Karlaftis excited to face fewer double-teams with Chiefs | usatoday

“Everyone can see the double, triple teams and the attention,” Karlaftis told reporters at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. “At the end of the day that’s just something you’ve got to take advantage of. We knew we had 1-on-1’s on the other side of the ball. Most other guys were getting 1-on-1’s and we just had to capitalize on that.”

Coming to Kansas City, playing opposite Frank Clark and Chris Jones, it seems that Karlaftis will be the one who needs to take advantage of the 1-on-1 matchups. During some behind-the-scenes video on draft night, it was revealed that it’s something he’s looking forward to.

I’m excited, I’m excited,” Karlaftis told his girlfriend on draft night. “They have a really good pass rusher on the other side and a really good defensive tackle, so no more double teams.”

Chiefs’ Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith help kick off Kansas City BBQ Festival | usatoday

Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith joined Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas for the “Pardoning of the Pig ceremony,” which kicks off the festival. A pair of pigs, who were aptly named “Chewbacon” and “Ham Solo” for Star Wars day (May 4th), were both granted clemency by Mayor Lucas with an assist from Humphrey and Smith.

Chiefs fans show gratitude to Alex Smith after seeing Ryan Tannehill’s mentor comment | yahoo

“He had a process of how he did things, how he made sure he was prepared for every situation in the game as well as every practice,” Mahomes said of Smith before the 2018 season. “For me, being able to watch that and understand what’s needed in order to have success in the NFL is probably the biggest thing he did for me.”

Brett Veach: Justyn Ross Will ‘Have a Shot’ to Make Chiefs’ 53-Man Roster |

Veach cites a combination of the aforementioned neck and foot injuries, as well as “not having time to test” adequately during the pre-draft process as reasons why Ross took such a fall in the draft. He added that Ross’ camp and the Chiefs kept in contact throughout the draft and into the post-draft UDFA period. Ross ultimately chose Kansas City, and now he’s tasked with fending off several other receivers to make the final roster.

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05/06/2022 6:10 pm

Karlaftis signed already… I always wonder why some draft picks get signed so much sooner (or later) than others.

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Reply to  hoosierchief
05/06/2022 2:48 pm

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05/06/2022 2:51 pm

EDGE Olivier VernonVernon is trying to mount a comeback after sitting out all of last season with an Achilles injury. He has familiarity with Steve Spagnuolo, who he played for with the New York Giants. His last season suiting up was 2020, where he had nine sacks with the Cleveland Browns.

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05/06/2022 2:55 pm

Karlaftis was a somewhat polarizing prospect during the leadup to the draft. While he was mocked all over the board, many experts, including the B/R Scouting Department, gave him a top-10 grade.

Reply to  zulu trader
05/06/2022 5:02 pm

If all our new edge rushers this year (not counting an Ingram redux) turned out to be those ^ three you just commented on…I wouldn’t hate that.

05/06/2022 1:14 pm

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

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05/06/2022 7:11 am

Something to start off the day

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05/06/2022 7:29 am

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05/06/2022 8:44 am

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