Alex Smith Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey Writes a Classy Goodbye Letter to Kansas City

Smith wrote an article for The Players Tribune looking back at his five years with the Chiefs

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the last things Alex Smith did as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs was demonstrate a level of class that epitomized everything he has always been about.

Forget wins, losses, touchdown passes and quarterback rating—Smith was the quintessential leader and professional.

It’s something his teammates often spoke of without hesitation, and even as he leaves now for the Washington Redskins, where he was officially traded to Wednesday afternoon for cornerback Kendall Fuller and an undisclosed draft pick, Smith took the time to write an article for The Players’ Tribune titled, “Thank you, Kansas City.”

It’s exactly the kind of thing Smith would do, and it’s one last reminder of the man who helped lead the Chiefs to their winningest stretch of football in a five-year span in franchise history.

Here are a few excerpts from that Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  article, which can be read in its entirety by following this link.

“There was a sense of pride for what we had accomplished in Kansas City, and the disappointment that, despite all our successes, we didn’t reach our final goal. There was the sadness of closing a chapter of my life — and my  Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap family’s life — in a place we loved calling home…

“Thank you, Coach Reid, for putting your trust in me and always reminding me to be myself. I appreciate everything you’ve  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap done for me…

“Thank you, Clark Hunt,  Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey the Hunt family, and the Chiefs organization, for giving me an opportunity…

“Thank you to the people in the organization who don’t get nearly the credit they deserve — the assistant Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  coaches, the trainers, the equipment guys, and on down the l Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey ine. Everybody in the organization, top to bottom. You guys each played a role in all the success that we achieved…

“Thank you to the Chiefs Kingdom for being some of the craziest, most dedicated fans in the country.

“And thank you to the Kansas City community and all the friends my family and I have made during our time with you. To see all the farewell donations that have been made to the Alex Smith Foundation — all in increments of 11 — has been really special. It’s a tremendous gesture that my family and I have been very touched by. We appreciate you. We’re better people because we were fortunate enough to spend the last five years with you.”

For more information on the Alex Smith Foundation, check out “The Side of Alex Smith That Many Don’t Know,” and if you’re interested in donating to this nationally-recognized program, please follow this link.

12 Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey Things We Learned from Brett Veach’s Press Conference on Wednesday

Veach spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon regarding the Chiefs’ recent moves

There hasn’t been a lack of action on the part of Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach over the past few days.

The roster is turning over and his stamp on what this team will look like in the future is quickly coming into picture. And to be fair, none of this should come as a surprise because as we’ve seen since he took over the job last summer, Veach isn’t afraid to be aggressive.

As evidenced by the fact that the Chiefs have made multiple trades and came to terms with multiple key free agents over the past 24 hours, it’s obvious that trend has continued.

Veach had the opportunity to talk with the media about those moves on Wednesday afternoon.

Here are 12 things we learned:

1. Veach spoke about the move to trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick:

“We’re really extremely excited about Kendall. He’s an ascending player with a tremendous amount of potential, I mean this kid’s got versatility, instincts, and ball skills…We knew exactly what we wanted and we wanted Kendall Fuller, and we wanted compensation for a quarterback.”

2. Veach gave an update on veteran free agent punter Dustin Colquitt:

“I feel like [Colquitt] is something that’s moving in a positive direction, and that should be announced soon.”

3. Veach spoke about the opportunity to go through free agency for the first time as general manager with coach Reid:

“We speak the same language. We have a bunch of differences, we see players differently a lot of times but we have trust. We know at the end of the day what’s best for the team and we have a plan, a vision, and we know how to attack it and we know how to be aggressive about it.”

4. Veach spoke about the confidence he has in second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes:

“We made a move to go up and get him for a reason because his talent is unique and special. He’s a special person. We’re excited to give him some tools to work with and it’s going to be a lot of fun next year. You have an innovative head coach and an innovative staff. You have a bunch of weapons and we’re looking to have fun. This is something for the fans, too. We have the best fans in the NFL and we want to go out there and put on a show. We want them to be excited and watch the scoreboard light up.”

5. Veach admitted to trying to trade for linebacker Anthony Hitchens and receiver Sammy Watkins last year during training camp:

“When I took over in July, I got with (Director of Player Personnel) Mike Borgonzi and the first call I made was to Dallas about Anthony Hitchens. We went into the last camp and there is only so much you can do once you get to July. There is Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  not a lot of space and rosters are set. I knew that Derrick [Johnson] was coming off another injury and just knew that we would have some potential depth issues. We went through all the teams that had linebackers with one year left on their deal. Those are teams that if they haven’t reached a deal with their player, they are in their last year so maybe they will move them…They said they weren’t going to move [Hitchens]. Then we went on and a month later when it was made aware that Sammy was going to be dealt from Buffalo, I talked to (Bills’ general manager) Brandon Beane about doing a trade. Problem is, he wanted a (second-round pick), and being a first-year GM, then going into the draft without a (first-round pick) or a (second-round pick) I would have put myself in a bind. We offered a (third-round pick) and it didn’t get it done.”

6. Veach spoke about what they’re getting in Watkins:

“Don’t let the production fool you. If you watch the tape, the guy is open all the time. Literally, open all the time. You are talking about 6’0” tall and change, a 4.38 (40-yard dash), tremendous hands, ball skills, really a refined player. There really isn’t anything you can’t do. Now, he had some injuries and bounced around a couple different places, and sometimes it takes some time to develop a cohesive deal with the quarterback and the offensive and the rhythm and the timing. You talk about a full offseason with this guy, it is going to be exciting. From a skill standpoint, he was the best player on our board in free agency.”

7. Veach spoke about the fact that the Chiefs have just one quarterback on their roster right now and the importance of a quality backup:

“It’s extremely important. We’ve always had that here. We’ve had that with Nick Foles and Chase Daniel, and I’m sure we’ll get something done soon.”

8. Veach spoke about going younger, considering all the new guys they signed to the roster are 25 years old or younger:

“You have your philosophies in the draft and certainly you have your core philosophies and principles in the free agency period. One of those is the guys that are young, the guys that can grow and develop within your culture and with your vision for this team. This is a tough, violent league, and the more wear and tear you have the harder it is to produce and play. The younger you are the more juice you have. Those guys, like you said, would the level of interest have been the same if they were 30 years old? No, for sure.”

9. Veach gave an update on linebacker Dee Ford, w Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap ho ended his season last year on IR (back):

“Dee’s doing very well. He had the back and I spoke to Rick (Burkholder) last week and I think he’s going to be 100 percent come April 1st so we should see him out there at OTAs. I actually saw him today in the locker room. He looks great and I think he’s going to have a big year. I really do.”

10. Veach spoke about his overall philosophy for building the Chiefs’ roster right now:

“Just to win a Super Bowl. We’re doing everything we can to win a Super Bowl. We’re not trying to win a Super Bowl four years from now, we’re going out there and we’re trying to win a Super Bowl next year. Whether that happens I don’t know but I know that we’re going to do everything we can to put our team and our roster in a position to do so. If we have shortcomings we’ll continue to work on those things. We have a lot of talent here. It’s a lot of young talent which is exciting for the fans, but we realize there may be some growing pains, but we have guys that can straight-up play football and they’re exciting. I think our fans are going to love the product we produce.”

11. Veach spoke about what’s next:

“I’m excited to get back on the road and h Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey it some pro days up and I’m excited about the draft. Who knows maybe we’ll get back in the first round before it’s all said and done.”

12. Veach ended with a follow-up about what he thinks Watkins could do with an entire offseason to prepare to play in Reid’s offense:

“Sammy went to LA and helped them achieve great things, and keep in mind that he got there a few weeks before the season started. There’s a lot of dialogue, a lot of verbiages, a lot of intricacies of an offense that you throw someone out there it’s hard. Yet he was still able to go out there, produce and do some great things. Imagine him coming here and we have the whole offseason and he can just absorb everything and go out there and play fast. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think the sky’s the limit with this and that’s the way we kind of viewed it.”

O Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey ver Thirty Soldiers from Fort Riley Enjoy the Ultimate Tour of Arrowhead Stadium

The soldiers met numerous players and front office executives during a tour of the stadium and practice facility on Friday

There’s no telling what a pair of teams can learn from one another when they work together.

That was the goal on Friday as more than 30 servicemen from nearby Fort Riley visited the Chiefs’ offices in order to learn more about the organizational dynamics at One Arrowhead Drive.

“One of the marks of a great team is to foster organizational learning,” said Emmet Gariepy, the Chiefs Military Liaison. “It is a great thing for these Warrant Officers to see how the Chiefs and the civilian sector prepares their team.”

The visit encompassed a full day, providing the sol Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey diers with a thorough tour of Arrowhead Stadium and The University of Kansas Heath System Training Complex all the while meeting Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, Head Coach Andy Reid, General Manager Brett Veach, Strength and Conditioning Coach Barry Rubin and a handful of players along the way.

“Our battalion wanted to do a professional development with Warrant Officers, so we decided to give the local professional football team a call,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Seneca Newkirk. “The biggest thing is just learning about teamwork. We have to have a pretty cohesive team in the military, and it’s the same thing here for a professional football team.”

The soldiers in attendance on Friday, many of whom recently returned from Afghanistan, are all members of Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division, Combat Aviation Bridge. Some of the members have been deployed as many as six times to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The Chiefs have a dedicated history of supporting the military throughout the years, illustrated through nu Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey merous base visits, scholarships for Gold Star families, the annual Pros vs. GI Joes event and more than 50 years of supporting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection at a home game. 

Friday’s visit was the next chapter of that commitment, beginning with a tour of Arrowhead that culminat Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap ed in an appearance from defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches and center Mitch Morse.  

“It was cool because they really have the same dynamic as a football team,” Morse said. “Their job is much more intense, but it’s pretty exciting just to talk to these guys. We all rely on each other in football, no matter what we’re doing, and it’s the same with them.”

The soldiers came prepared, presenting both Nunez-Roches and Morse with plaques and actual U.S. flags used in combat.

The shock on each of the players’ faces lit up the room.

“Today meant everything,” Nunez-Roches said. “That’s family…it just hits so close to home. You forget when they’re out there fighting for us that they’re human just like you and me. It just felt good to give back.”

From there it was on to The University of Kansas Heath System Training Complex, where the contingent visited with Hunt, Reid and Veach along with defensive tackle Chris Jones and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Following those interactions, the troops enjoyed lunch at the facility before attending a panel hosted by Ambassador Jan Stenerud, Rubin and wide receiver Chris Conley. Rubin’s practices, which keep the Chiefs in peak physical condition over the course of a grueling season, were of significant interest to the group.

“Just as professional athletes are in peak shape, we have to be in pretty decent shape to do what we do, too,” Newkirk explained.

The panel also discussed the basic values required on the field, s Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap uch as leadership and mental preparation, which similarly apply for those in the line of duty.

The discussion was particularly meaningful for Conley, who was raised in a military family.

“I know firsthand what happens to military families and the sacrifices that they have to make to live their lives on the road,” Conley said. “It’s difficult, so any reprieve that we can give them is valuable, and they’re also great guys. I think it breaks down some of the stigmas of what a professional athlete is and what a solider is. We get to connect and it’s beneficial for everyone.”

It was that connection that continued the Chiefs’ tradition of honoring those in uniform, which is as old as the franchise itself.

“There’s so many parallels between football and life,” Conley said. “Obviously, it’s life and death for them as they protect this country, but there’s so many things that people from different backgrounds can learn from each other, and it’s no different for active military and athletes.”

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Brett Veach spoke to the media on Wednesday

GENERAL MANAGER BRETT VEACH

OPENING STATEMENT: “Had a lot of information here obviously transpire in the last couple of days. Just like to hit on a few points and then leave it open for questions. First off, I want to start off by acknowledging Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali. It’s been an honor and privilege to come to work every day and see two iconic players work at their craft, develop the young guys and really leave the gas tank empty on Sunday. I’m not sure if they’ll continue to p Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap lay, I’m not sure if they’re going to retire, but the one thing I am sure of is that they’ll always be a part of the Chiefs Kingdom. I want to thank Ron Parker for the last five years of his service to the team. Just seems like yesterday that we were upstairs in the draft room going through our first waiver wire and Ron was a guy that was an athletic corner/safety, wasn’t sure what he was going to be but he developed into a really dependable player for us and he was a big part of our success. Two trades that were made official today, the first trade was with the Washington Redskins. In that deal we sent Alex Smith to them in return for 2018 third-round selection and Kendall Fuller. Obviously we’re really extremely excited about Kendall. He’s an ascending player with a tremendous amount of potential, I mean this kid’s got versatility, instincts, ball skills and again we’re really excited to add Kendall to our roster. The second trade that was made official today was the deal that sent Marcus Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick in return for a 2018 fourth-round and a 2019 second-round. With regards to the Marcus Peters trade, I’d like to hit on a few things. First, Coach (Andy Reid) and I, we work for a great owner, a great organization. Clark (Hunt) has complete trust in Coach and I, our vision for this team and for the future. Certainly, there was never a mandate given to Coach and I, and certainly the anthem was never brought up in those discussions. I think at the end of the year what we do is Coach and I get together and we talk about our roster, players on our roster and whether it was Alex or Derrick or Marcus, we just trust our vision and there are tough decisions to be made. At the end of the day it was something that I thought was best for the football team. With that being said, I’m extremely excited to talk about the progress that we’ve made over the last three days. As you guys know we’ve agreed to terms with Anthony Sherman, Jarvis Jenkins, De’Anthony Thomas. Tenured Terrance Smith and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. I feel like Dustin Colquitt is something that’s moving in a positive direction and that should be announced soon. And obviously we’re really excited to announce we’ve agreed to terms with Sammy Watkins and Anthony Hitchens, both players are on their way to Kansas City tonight. Look forward to meeting them and their families tomorrow and then they will be introduced to the media. We look forward to the future, we feel, Coach and I both feel that we’ve plotted course to turn a new chapter for this organization and we’re excited for OTA’s and we’re excited for the Draft and with that I’ll take your questions.”

Q: You said trading Marcus Peters was in the best interest of the Chiefs – why?

VEACH: “I think with every player, whether they’re here for a month, a year or two years, you just look at the full body of work, both on the field and off the field. What your goal is for the short and long term and there’s a lot of things. In this job, it’s not just the gamedays on Sundays. There’s a lot of information that we use in these decisions, they’re tough decisions. But you have to look into the mirror and make the decisions that are in the best interest of the team.”

Q: The trade would have happened if Marcus (Peters) stood for every anthem?

VEACH: “Yes absolutely. This was a football decision. Again, dialogue that Coach and I had. This wasn’t just one game, wasn’t a month, this was three years of body of work and we look for consistency. We felt that this was in the best interest of the team. When you process all the information, they’re tough decisions but what you do is you just go. There’s no second guessing. You make a decision you believe in, you have foundations and core philosophies that you believe that yield success. You take all the information and then you go in that direction and you don’t look back.”

Q: How much do you think about Marcus (Peters) being eligible for the extension and if you want to pay him or not?

VEACH: “You think of everything. You think of games, practices, certainly cap. We’re all aware that he was one year, 1.7 an option of 9. That’s two years, 10.7, potential of a franchise tag. All those factors. I think the moves that we’ve made over the last year shows that we’re very cap conscious and we know what we want to do in regards to building a roster and maintain flexibility throughout the course of a year, two years, three years. I think everything we do isn’t done for just one year. Even the deals we’ve done I think if you really look into the structure, everything provides flexibility. Every factor is taken into consideration.”

Q: With the trouble Marcus (Peters) had with coaches, does it feel like a failure that you weren’t able corral that in because he was very good on the field?

VEACH: “Yeah excellent player. I’ve had a lot of dialogue with Marcus. I’ve talked to Marcus many times throughout the course of the season, spoke to him after the trade. We joked about getting together when we play the (Los Angeles) Rams. It’s a learning experience for everybody and look we’ve had a lot of success with him. He’s done a lot of great things. Kid made two Pro Bowls, he’s going to do great things in L.A., happy for him, happy for his family. Again I think at the end of the day, I think everyone is where they need to be.”

Q: Was there a final straw with him, the rumors on the bus in New York with coaches?

VEACH: “Again, it’s a cumulative deal where you just process all the information and it’s not one thing, it’s not a final straw, it’s really Coach and I sitting back and looking at everything. We do this with all players, it’s not just Marcus. With Alex (Smith), tough decision. Derrick Johnson, tough decision. We just analyze the whole body of work for how long, the duration they were here and then we say okay, this is where we’re going and this is wha Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey t needs to be done and you just go.”

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Q: What was it like going through this process with Coach (Reid) for the first time?

VEACH: “I was in an enviable position because I had worked with Coach so we speak the same language. We have a bunch of differences, we see players differently a lot but we have trust. We know at the end of the day what’s best for the team and we have a plan, a vision and we know how to attack it and we know how to be aggressive about it.”

Q: How would you describe the relationship between Marcus (Peters) and Bob Sutton?

VEACH: “Can’t get into the details of it and honestly I didn’t sit in the meeting room with them for me to sit there and say exactly what it was. They made it work and every player is different and unique. I don’t think any coach comes into a staff room and everyone communicates the same way but they made it work and it was productive.”

Q: Will you change the way you deal with difficult personalities in the future?

VEACH: “I think, positive or negative, you are going to learn something. You are going to put that in your back pocket and you are going to remember certain—and this isn’t just about Marcus, it is about any player. You are going to have experiences during the draft process, during the acquisition process, during the free agency process. Processing background, injury history, all that kind of stuff. Every player is unique, every player is unique. You continue to learn and develop and that is what we will do.”

Q: What gives you confidence that Patrick Mahomes is ready for this moment?

VEACH: “And just to backtrack, what can you say about Alex Smith? You talk about a pro’s pro. The guy comes in here, 53 wins and back-to-back AFC West titles. Been around a long time in this game at all levels and he is a special person. Like you said, this was really more about Patrick. The kid has immense talent. I have said it before, I have said what I think about him after watching him on tape. They give you signs and signals that they are ready. Sure, there will be bumps along the road and there will be some growing pains. We made a move to go up and get him for a reason because his talent is unique and special. He is a special person.  We are excited to give him some tools to work with and it is going to be a lot of fun next year. You have an innovative head coach and an innovative staff. You have a bunch of weapons and we are looking to have fun. And this is something for the fans, too. We have the best fans in the NFL and we want to go out there and put on a show. We want them to be excited and watch the scoreboard light up.”

Q: Was it important to get out ahead of the QB market with the Alex Smith trade?

VEACH: “I think our approach was we were decisive. We knew what we wanted to do. Kendall Fuller comes into play because we made a commitment to go in that direction. I don’t know if we necessarily wanted to get ahead of the market, but it was more in line that we knew exactly what we wanted and we wanted Kendall Fuller, and we wanted compensation for a quarterback. We knew what we wanted for Marcus, and we brought in Amerson, we brought in Fuller. We didn’t know that Sammy (Watkins) wasn’t going to get tagged. We flipped the script and when you are in this position, it is just contingency plan after contingency plan and you adapt and adjust and that is what we did. But we always know the direction we are going.”

Q: Were you one of the first teams to call Sammy Watkins?

VEACH: “I don’t know if we were the first team. We can’t talk to the representation until Monday, today is Wednesday. When that window opened up and we were allowed to reach his agent, they got a call right when the clock struck 11:01, maybe before that. If they did get a call, it is because someone called in 30 seconds before we did, but we were certainly one of the first for sure.”

Q: Would have you still signed Sammy Watkins if Alex Smith was your quarterback?

VEACH: “Well, I don’t know if we could afford him.”

Q: That issue aside?

VEACH: “It is interesting. And we will talk about this tomorrow, but when I took over in July, I got with Mike Borgonzi and the first call I made was to Dallas about Anthony Hitchens. We went into last camp and there is only so much you can do once you get to July. It is here. What can you do? There is not a lot of space and rosters are set. I knew that Derrick was coming off another injury and just knew that we would have some potential depth issues and some issues up there. We went through all the teams that had linebackers with one year left on their deal. Those are teams that if they haven’t reached a deal with their player, they are on their last year so maybe they will move them. You have to resign them and it is always dangerous in free agency. So we identified the Christian Kirkseys, the Preston Browns, the Anthony Hitchens. But the first call we made as a new staff was to Dallas, Will McClay, and we wanted Anthony Hitchens, but they said they weren’t going to move him. Then we went on and a month later when it was made aware that Sammy was going to be dealt from Buffalo, I talked to Brandon Beane about doing a trade. I remember being at St. Joe’s calling Brandon trying to get him there. Problem is, he wanted a (second round pick), and being a first year GM, then going into the draft without a (first round pick) or a (second round pick) I would have put myself in a bind. We offered a (third round pick) and it didn’t get it done. The Rams offered a (second round pick), but here we are full circle and the guys we signed were the guys, Anthony Hitchens who we called about first week on the job and then one of the first trade calls I made was to Brandon about Sammy. So, yeah, long winded answer, yeah. We would have liked to have had Sammy last year.”

Q: He seems like a good fit, particularly for Mahomes.

VEACH: “The thing about Sammy Watkins is he is a good fit for anybody. And don’t let the production fool you, if you watch the tape, the guy is open all the time. Literally, open on the time. You are talking about 6’0 and change, 4.38 (40-yard dash), tremendous hands, ball skills, really a refined player. There really isn’t anything you can’t do. Now, he had some injuries and bounced around a couple different places and sometimes it takes some time to develop a cohesive deal with the quarterback and the offense and the rhythm and the timing. You talk about a full offseason with this guy, it is going to be exciting. From a skill standpoint, he was the best player on our board in free agency. We felt when the free agency period, and it is still going on, but when we left that first down, leaving with all the information we had, we feel like we are leaving with the best player that was on the board overall. The best receiver, obviously. And on defense, Anthony Hitchens was a straight stud.”

Q: Was anything uncomfortable with Alex Smith this year with him knowing it was probably his last year?

VEACH: “That was the beauty of having a guy like Alex Smith. One of the things Coach and I talked about during the process and trading up for Patrick was a lot of teams go after—and there are a lot of ways you can attack this—but a lot of teams go to the end and then bring in a new quarterback. One of the values of Alex was, obviously a great player, all of the wins during his time here. But he is such a great teacher and a mentor. And because Alex was here was even more motivation to go up and get a young guy. Look, it is going to be a great situation. He is going to come into a franchise that knows how to win, a head coach that has coached a lot of good quarterbacks and then you are going to have the perfect mentor. I can’t speak for Alex, I know the competitor in all of us would have, but every day he was a pro’s pro. They had a great relationship and if you ask Alex or Pat, they still talk all the time today. That was unique and it was special. And that is what made Alex special.  A lot of quarterbacks would tune the rookie out and make them take their own notes and not share information with them but that was not the case at all.”

Q: Patrick is the only quarterback you have on contract right now. What to you is the value of having a more experienced backup along with Patrick?

VEACH: “It’s extremely important. We’ve always had that here. We’ve had that with Nick Foles and Chase Daniel and I’m sure we’ll get something done soon.”

Q: You guys haven’t particularly valued inside linebackers very highly since Andy Reid got here, and maybe that had to do with John, but you guys are paying Hitchens more than you have paid an inside linebacker before. What is it about Hitchens that makes the value worth it for that position?

VEACH: “That linebacker market is a little weird. It’s one of the markets that has sort of remained stagnant over the years. You see all of these other positions kind of trend upwards but the linebacker has sort of remained stagnant. I think when you find and identify a young guy and a guy that can play on all three downs you need to be willing to commit to him. In his skillset a lot of guys are great dime, sub package linebackers that can run cover but they give up a little in regards to their overall size and ability to stack shed and play downhill. Then conversely, there are a lot of guys that are bigger, stronger, more stout but they’re a little limited in their ability to drop in coverage and play at a high level. But I think with Hitchens, he’s a guy that we thought he could do everything. If people say ‘No he’s a plugger like Reggie (Ragland)’ just watch him on tape. The guy can cover ground and he can flip hips and run.”

Q: How intriguing was the age of those players when deciding to give them the money you did. Watkins is only 24, Hitchens is only 25, next year or two years ago these guys still wouldn’t have hit their prime yet. When you’re making the decision to commit a lot of money how much does that go into it?

VEACH: “Yeah that’s certainly a big deal. It goes back to core philosophies and you have philosophies at every transactional period. So you have your philosophies in the draft and certainly you have your core philosophies and principles in the free agency period. One of those is the guys that are young, the guys that can grow and develop with your culture and with your vision for this team. This is a tough league and the more wear and tear you have the harder it is to produce and play. The younger you are the more juice you have. Those guys, like you said, would the level of interest have been the same if they were 30 years old? No for sure.”

Q: Back to the backup quarterback thing. Are there still options out there at this point? Did you put in a call to Chase Daniel?

VEACH: “Listen. We fully vet every situation and I can say that the quarterback position, judging by our track record here is not something we overlook. There were many calls out there and actually today just before I got here we had a lot of dialogue and I suspect something would get done soon here. Obviously nothing is official so I have nothing to say officially other than I’ve officially made calls to a lot of guys.”

Q: Dee Ford what’s his physical health like?

VEACH: “Dee’s doing very well. He had the back and I spoke to Rick (Burkholder) last week and I think he’s going to be 100% come April 1st so we should see him out there at OTAs. I actually saw him today in the locker room. He looks great and I think he’s going to have a big year. I really do.”

Q: On Dustin, you mentioned things were working the right way. It sounds like you guys would like to have him back at a lower cost, is that what you’re moving towards?

VEACH: “We’re more just working to reach a happy medium and I think that will get done probably tomorrow.”

Q: You talked about Hitchens as a three down guy. How does that affect Reggie? Do you see them on the field together?

VEACH: “Yeah, so what I think what you’ll see is Reggie and Hitchens in base and in nickel and then in dime Hitchens will probably stay on. It might get a little bit more exotic with your D-backs and what you do with them, they’re interchangeable. I think our mindset is: base Reggie and Hitchens, nickel Reggie and Hitchens and then dime Hitchens and interchangeable parts.”

Q: Tyrann Mathieu got cut today from the Cardinals and you guys have been very active this offseason in the secondary and Ron Parker’s gone. Do you maybe see a guy like that and see if you could get him on a cheaper deal would that be a guy you’d be interested in?

VEACH: “If we could make the money work sure. I have to give a lot of credit to the staff I have upstairs. We get in here early, we crank and we go through every scenario. There’s some scenarios out there that are straight wild and I’m like I can’t believe we thought of these things because they never happen but we do it and eventually our cap guys say there’s no way. So we throw a ton of information at these guys, they process it quickly and then we move on to the next thing. But we exhaust ideas and options that maybe are completely unrealistic or maybe have a 1% chance of ever happening, but we’ll still exhaust it to see if it could happen. But sure that would be another one that maybe we’ve exhausted already.”

Q: If you could make an overall statement of your direction, your drive, your actions, your attitude that you’ve taken this offseason, what would it be?

VEACH: “Just to win a Super Bowl. We’re doing everything we can to win a Super Bowl. We’re not trying to win a Super Bowl four years from now, we’re going out there and we’re trying to win a Super Bowl next year. Whether that happens I don’t know but I know that we’re going to do everything we can to put our team and our roster in a position to do so. If we have shortcomings we’ll continue to work on those things. Our mindset is at every period to get our team in a position to win a Super Bowl. We have a lot of talent here. It’s a lot of young talent which is exciting for the fans, but we realize there may be some growing pains but we have guys that can straight up play football and they’re exciting. I think our fans are going to love the product we produce.”

Q: Is this your personality? I’ve heard it said a million times for a young GM usually they spend a year getting their feet wet and they’re not aggressive, they don’t mess with the quarterback. Well you broke those rules right?

VEACH: “I’ve been fortunate to work with some really good people coming up at every level from high school to college to the pros. I think I’ve always been around very innovative and very motivated people and they’ve certainly rubbed off on me. I think the one thing that you have to have in this position is just being aware and being decisive. I think I have a staff that kind of falls in line with that. I think all of our guys are aware of different options and again I think we see something and we attack it. We’ll continue to do so.”

Q: How much fun has this been for you?

VEACH: “It’s been a lot of fun. I’m excited for the draft. What I’m really excited about is to get back on the road and get to these pro days. I’ve been cooped up in the room. There’s a lot of things we had to get done whether it be press conferences or free agent calls or talking to players. I’m excited to get back on the road and hit some pro days up and I’m excited for the draft. Who knows maybe we’ll get back in the first round before it’s all said and done.”

Q: At this point can you say you feel comfortable that Dee Ford will be a on this team this year?

VEACH: “Yea I do. We believe in Dee and I think I said this at the Combine. That was a situation where Dee’s had some ups and downs and again a year or two ago he had that three or four game stretch where he was on a tear and he had some setbacks physically. But again the guy’s in tremendous shape, he’s extremely explosive and our intention is that we’re going to score a lot of points this year and he’s going to have a lot of chances to get to the quarterback.”

Q: You spoke about Coach’s creativity on offense. The skilled position group the guys you have with Tyreek (Hill), Sammy, Patrick, Kareem Hunt all those guys who are 25 years old or younger, Kelce’s the older guy at 28. How excited are you as a whole about what that group can do and what Coach Reid can do with that group?

VEACH: “I’m extremely excited and also thinking about what we said about Sammy having an offseason here. Sammy went to LA and helped them achieve great things in that offense and keep in mind that he got there like a week before the season started. There’s a lot of dialogue, a lot of verbiage, a lot of intricacies of an offense that you throw someone out there it’s hard. Yet he was still able to go out there, produce and do some great things. Imagine him coming here and we have the whole offseason and he can just absorb everything and go out there and play fast. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think the sky’s the limit with this and that’s the way we kind of viewed it.”

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the club has released linebacker Tamba Hali.

“Tamba has been a tremendous ambassador for our organization, both on and off the playing field,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “His incredible work ethic and passion for the game helped make him one of the most successful pass rushers in franchise history. Tamba will always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we sincerely appreciate his contributions to the Chiefs and the Kansas City community over the last 12 seasons.”

“I have a great deal of respect for Tamba and the amount of success he’s had as a member of this franchise,” General Manager Brett Veach said. “He’s one of the greates Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale t Chiefs pass rushers of all-time and has made a lasting impact on Chiefs Kingdom. We wish him the best as he continues his career.”

“I’m grateful I had the privilege of working with Tamba and getting to know him on a personal level,” Head Coach Andy Reid said. “His love for the game is incredible, and he’s passed on that passion and his knowledg Custom Angels Baseball Jersey e to a lot of our young players. I can see him being a coach one of these days. He’s built a tremendous legacy here in Kansas City, and we wish him the best as he moves forward.”

Hali (6-3, 275) originally entered the NFL as a first-round selection (20th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played in 177 games (157 starts) in his 12 seasons with the Chiefs, compiling 596 tackles (462 solo), 85 tackles for loss, 89.5 sacks (-591.5 yards), 33 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. Hali had two career interceptions, returning one for a TD and also tallied one safety. He played in seven playoff games (four starts) with the club, recording 16 tackles (10 solo), 2.0 sacks (-8.0 yards), two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

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Hali originally came to the United States after escaping from the war-torn African nation of Liberia when he was 10 years old.

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Behind the Lens: The Top 1 Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey 2 Photos of 2017 – No. 7

Counting down the best photos from the Chiefs’ archives

“Behind the Lens” is an article series that aims to highlight the top photographs from the 2017 season as captured by Chiefs’ photographer Steve Sanders and h Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey is staff.

We began to explore those photos last month and will continue to do so throughout the offseason along with Sanders’ commentary.

Here’s a look at what we’ve covered so far.

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We’ll continue with No. 7 –

“Looking On”

Chiefs vs. Patriots

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Focal Length: 23

Exposure Time: 1/160

Taken By: Steve Sanders

Steve Sanders’ thoughts:

On the photo: “I look at this as our two team leaders – Justin Houston and Coach Reid,” Sanders said. “This is at the end of the New England game. You can kind of see the score up on the top side – there’s 56 seconds to go and we’re up 35-27. It was just great to see these two together and you could tell they had their minds on a great season after a great game. I just like th Custom Angels Baseball Jersey e story that the whole picture tells.”

On why he chose to make it black and white: “When you turn photos black and white, it gives it a little more of an evergreen feel…it can be timeless,” Sanders said. “I just thought that it looked better – with the skin tones and with the mix of the color and the backgrounds – it just worked together in black and white. I just felt it.”

On how he captured it: “I’m right on the bench area at the end of the game,” Sanders said. “On games that we’re winning, I try to wander to the bench in the last minute or so to get some different stuff Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey  that we don’t normally get access to, and it just led to that.”

On how long this moment lasted: “It was maybe 10 or 15 seconds,” Sanders said. “Justin came up to him and gave him a congratulations hug and they were just looking on as the game finished up.”

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Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Chiefs.com this week

Sunday

We continued our coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday by speaking with local product Dorance Armstrong.

KU’s Dorance Armstrong Describes Himself as a “Dominant Pass Rusher”

The University of Kansas football team hasn’t had a lot of team success over the past three seasons—winning just three games in 36 opportunities, but that hasn’t diminished the draft stock of one of the program’s best players in recent memory—edge rusher Dorance Armstrong.

Armstrong, who checked in at 6-foot-3 and 257 pounds this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, was asked to describe his game when speaking with the media on Saturday.

“As a dominant pass rusher,” he s Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey aid.

Simple. Concise. Accurate.

Check out the rest of the story here.

Speaking of defensive standouts, Florida State safety Derwin James has drawn comparisons to Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry.

Florida State’s Derwin James Calls Chiefs’ Eric Berry “One of His Favorite Players”

So, for a college prospect getting ready to enter the NFL Draft who has been compared to Berry, as is the case with Florida State’s standout safety Derwin James, the question becomes what he thinks about that comparison.

“Man, that’s one of my favorite players, actually,” James, who is projected as a first-round pick, explained as he smiled during his media availability at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis. “I have watched so much tape on [Berry]—from being an in-the-box safety to back playing deep and covering tight ends.

“That’s just a great compliment (to be compared to him).”

Read more about James here.

On the other side of the ball, we caught up with some of the draft’s top tight ends.

Catching Up With Some of the Draft’s Top Tight Ends

Monday

Head Coach Andy Reid was recognized for his contributions to furthering opportunities for minority candidates in coaching, front office and scouting roles last week.

Andy Reid Receives the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s “Game Ball Award”

We began to wrap up our Combine coverage on Monday by taking a look at Kansas State’s D.J. Reed.

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Heading into this week, Reed knew one of the biggest challenges he’d face is convincing teams that his height at 5-foot-9 would Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey n’t be an issue.

It’s something he did hear this week from the teams he spoke with during the formal and informal interview process.

“They think I can play corner at the next level, and I know I can, but the only question I really hear is concern of my height,” Reed explained of what NFL teams were asking him and telling him this week in Indy. “But I’m very athletic, and I feel like given the right opportunity that I can make that work and do it at a high level.”

Another local player, Olathe South and Auburn alum Braden Smith, impressed at the Combine while doing some good in the process.

Olathe South Alum Impresses at Combine While Raising Money for Charity

The six-foot-six, 303-pound offensive guard gathered pledges prior to the Combine for each rep he put up on the 225-pound bench press, with the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.

Thirty-five reps later – second-most among offensive linemen – Smith raised $3,294 for the non-profit.

“It was something I could do to give back, while also doing the Combine,” Smith explained. “It was kind of a win-win.”

Read more about Smith’s story here.

Finally, to complete our Combine coverage, we took a look at one of the draft’s most underrated players.

Who’s the Most Underrated Player in the Draft? Two Experts Agree

Tuesday

It’s been a busy offseason for offensive guard Bryan Witzmann, who has been interning on Capitol Hill as part of the NFL Player Association’s “Externship” program.

Offensive Guard Bryan Witzmann Spends His Offseason as an Intern on Capitol Hill

A handful of other Chiefs, including safety Eric Berry, spent last week preparing for careers in business after football.

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“It’s an amazing event. Business has always been something that I wanted to be a part of, but nothing I wanted to dive into too deeply without having the proper knowledge,” Berry told Good Morning Football last week. “Just hearing the stories of players not knowing what to do when they’re done…you can benefit from those types of programs where you can go in, survey the landscape, see what you want to do and hear from professionals in those fields.”

Check out more here.

We also checked in on the Chiefs’ social media musings over the past week, which ranged from comments on the Oscars to a couple of Kansas City stars meeting up in Arizona.

Social Recap: The Oscars, Dustin Colquitt Meets George Brett and a Look at Charcandrick West’s Dogs

Friday 

We looked around the web on Friday to see who the experts predict the Chiefs’ division rivals will select in next month’s draft.

Around the AFC West Mock Draft 4.0: Do the Broncos Take a Quarterback?

Saturday

Finall Custom Angels Baseball Jersey y, we continued our article series dedicated to highlighting the top photos of the 2017 season on Saturday with No. 7 – “Looking On.”

Behind the Lens: The Top 12 Photos of 2017 – No. 7

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The award recognizes Reid’s contributions to promoting diversity across job opportunities

A customary “game ball” following a victory is as old as football its Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale elf, reserved for only those who made a difference when everything was on the line.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity and equality in job opportunities in the NFL, deemed Kansas City Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid worthy of such an honor with their annual “Game Ball Award” last week in Indianapolis.

The award recognizes Reid’s contributions to furthering opportunities for minority candidates in coaching, front office and scouting roles.

“I am so honored to be here, this is awesome, and to have the opportunity to get this nice trophy is just icing on the cake,” Reid said. “This is really what it’s all about and why we’re all in this business. We’re all in this thing to be teachers and to help people in their life along the way. I’m grateful for the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the great job that they do.”

The example set by coaching legend Bill Walsh, one of the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s biggest advocates before passing away in 2007, was paramount in shaping Reid’s life – both as a coach and as an individual.  

“The thing I want you to understand about Andy Reid is that he followed the course from one of the greatest coaches of our time in Bill Walsh,” said John Wooten, Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. “Walsh was extremely supportive of what we were trying to do in terms of minority coaches and front office executives, and Andy Reid has followed that.”

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Reid has a long history of promo Custom Angels Jersey ting minority candidates to positions of higher authority, doing so as recently as this offseason with the hiring of Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

“Coach has been a great role model and a great inspiration for a lot of different people,” Bieniemy said. “When you think about all the different people that have coached underneath him and gone on to become head coaches or all the players that have had tons of success under him…he teaches you a lot, he respects the opinions of different people and he gives you the opportunity to be yourself. As a coach, as a person and as a mentor, he’s one of the greatest people that you’ll ever get to know.”  

It’s a way of doing things that’s caught the attention of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

“We try to honor special coaches or people that we feel represent all that we look for in this game of life, and at the end of a game, the guy that gets the game ball has really done something special,” Wooten said. “That’s what we think Andy has done.”

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Taking a look at the way-too-early mock drafts for our division rivals

The Kansas City Chiefs don’t currently have a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft because they sent it over to the Buffalo Bills last year to trade up for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Among other things—more important things—that go along with the current lack of a Chiefs’ draft pick in the top 32 selections, it means the ever-popular mock drafts that dominate the interwebz in the months, weeks, and days leading up the draft, won’t have much of a Chiefs’ feel this year.

But don’t worry Chiefs fans, there’s still value in mock draft season, and that’s because we get to look around at the players who might be soon joining the division. Two of the other three teams in the AFC West are choosing among the Top 10—an indictment to an otherwise disappointing season, but it also means the chance of snagging a top talent.

The Denver Broncos currently hold the 5th overall pick, while the Oakland Raiders have the 10th, and the Los Angeles Chargers have the 17th.

It goes without saying, but the exercise of matching prospects to teams before free agency has even begun, much less six weeks before the draft, is a futile one. But there is value in getting to learn about some of the players whose names will be called at some point in the draft later this spring, whether they join the AFC West or not.

So, here’s a look at some recent mock drafts and who these experts have joining the Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers:

The Denver Broncos – 5th Overall Pick

The folks at NFL.com:

Lance ZierleinJosh Rosen, quarterback, UCLA

“We will see how the free-agency period plays out for the Broncos, but Rosen fits a big need as of this writing, and he might be game-ready enough to get the ball to talented targets right off the bat.”

Daniel JeremiahJosh Allen, quarterback, Wyoming

“If the Broncos fail to land Kirk Cousins, they could opt for a full rebuild.”

Bucky BrooksJosh Rosen, quarterback, UCLA

“The Broncos could elect to snag a veteran signal-caller, but the UCLA star could tickle John Elway’s fancy as a polished pocket passer.”

Charles DavisJosh Rosen, quarterback, UCLA

“The Broncos are used to having very strong personalities at QB when they are at their best (John Elway, Peyton Manning), and Rosen is a bright, opinionated young man with the best arm talent in the draft. He also could easily be the most scrutinized prospect this year.”

CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli – Josh Allen, quarterback, Wyoming

“It just feels like John Elway is destined to draft Josh Allen, doesn’t it? I’m assuming Elway sees a lot of himself in Allen.”

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller – Josh Allen, quarterback, Wyoming

“The Broncos could surprise us all and roll with Keenum and the current backups (Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly, Trevor Siemian), but a complete overhaul of the current depth chart is the best way to fix the quarterback position in Denver.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay – Quenton Nelson, offensive guard, Notre Dame

“I keep hearing that the Broncos are looking to upgrade the QB position in free agency, but the name I keep hearing isn’t Kirk Cousins — it’s Case Keenum. If Denver gets either guy, it needs s Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ignificant help on the O-line, even after drafting offensive tackle Garett Bolles in the first round last year. Nelson had a terrific combine and is a plug-and-play, high-level starter. He’s a guard, not a tackle, but he’s also currently my second-ranked prospect in this class. If Denver doesn’t address QB in free agency, Allen is the likely pick here.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper – Sam Darnold, quarterback, USC

“Darnold has a high ceiling, but ball security issues in 2017 — his 22 turnovers were tied for most in the FBS — raised questions. When he’s on his game, he looks like the No. 1 overall pick. Can he show consistency? I expect Denver to be part of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, and it could look to defense here if it lands the top free-agent quarterback. The Broncos might look very different in 2018, especially if Aqib Talib and Demaryius Thomas are released. They would have needs at several positions, including corner, safety, receiver and running back.”

The Oakland Raiders – 10th Overall Pick

The folks at NFL.com:

Lance ZierleinDenzel Ward, cornerback, Ohio State

“Ward is a talented mirror-and-match cornerback who Custom Angels Jersey  has enough talent to play inside or outside. The pass defense takes a step in the right direction.”

Daniel JeremiahJaire Alexander, cornerback, Louisville

“Alexander is coming off a phenomenal combine performance and Oakland needs an upgrade in the secondary.”

Bucky BrooksMike Hughes, cornerback, Central Florida

“Explosive athlete with the speed and movement skills to blossom into a CB1.”

Charles Davis – Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

“Diagnose, run, hit. Diagnose, run, cover, hit. Rinse. Repeat. I love this playmaking thumper so much that I voted him third for last year’s Heisman Trophy.”

CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli – Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

“This pick has just made too much sense to me since the beginning of the offseason. The Raiders need to upgrade at LB, and Smith is the best one in this draft.”

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller – Josh Jackson, cornerback, Iowa

“Even after selecting cornerback Gareon Conley in the first round last season, the Oakland Raiders are in need of help at the position. The prospect of pairing Conley, who missed most of the 2017 season with a shin injury, and Josh Jackson looks like an instant fix for a secondary that was torched often last year.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay – Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

“Oakland has needs all over on defense (CB, LB, edge rusher) and not enough available cap room to make huge upgrades in free agency. Smith would be a good building block for the Raiders’ defense, as a rangy weakside linebacker with fast eyes and terrific closing speed. He’s also a great leader and possesses tremendous football character.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper – Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

“This match makes too much sense, so I’m sticking with it. Smith could be the centerpiece of Jon Gruden’s defense, playing inside linebacker. He had 137 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks last season, and he was a force in the College Football Playoff, making plays from sideline to sideline.”

The Los Angeles Chargers – 17th Overall Pick

The folks at NFL.com:

Lance ZierleinLeighton Vander Esch, linebacker, Boise State

“Big, athletic inside linebacker with only one year as a starter, but loads of production in that season.”

Daniel JeremiahVita Vea, defensive tackle, Washington

“Vea is a top-10 talent and he would be too good for the Chargers to pass up.”

Bucky BrooksVita Vea, defensive tackle, Washington

“Big, athletic run stopper to plug as a nose or 3-technique in Gus Bradley’s defense.”

Charles Davis – Derwin James, defensive back, Florida State

“James is a big hitter, but he has plenty of range in coverage, as well. He might not be exactly like former Charger Eric Weddle, but he could provide a similar impact.”

CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli – Will Hernandez, offensive guard, UTEP

“Hernandez gives the Chargers a boost on the offensive line and helps create holes for Melvin Gordon to run through.”

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller – Colton Miller, offensive tackle, UCLA

“Addressing the outside of the offensive line should be the focus of the Los Angeles Chargers front office this season after using two picks on guards Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp last year. If UCLA’s left tackle Kolton Miller is on the board, the front office can grab a local prospect to not only fill a major need, but to turn the line into a strength moving forward.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay – Rashaan Evans, linebacker, Alabama

“Los Angeles’ defense is strong but needs an upgrade at linebacker, and Evans is a thumper in the running game. He plays with tremendous effort and has sneaky pass-rush ability as well.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper – Da’Ron Payne, defensive lineman, Alabama

“As I wrote in my Mock Draft 1.0, stopping the run has to be a priority for the Chargers in 2018. Their 4.9 yards per rushing attempt allowed ranked last in the league. Los Angeles has two young star edge rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but it has to improve on the interior. Payne popped in the College Football Playoff and even had an interception and touchdown catch in the semifinal win over Clemson. The 6-2, 319-pound Payne had only three career sacks, but he consistently beat his man, even if it didn’t show up on the stat sheet.”