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The Chiefs took the field Saturday afternoon

The Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie minicamp kicked off Saturday morning with 68 players taking the field for the first of three practices over the next three days.

“It’s a great opportunity for these guys,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained of this group, which consists of all six of the Chiefs’ draft picks, plus the 14 undrafted free agents who have already signed with the team, and then a number of tryout players. “They’ll get a lot of good individual work and they have an opportunity—that’s the best thing I can tell you.

“They have opportunity to play in the National Football League, which about less than 1 percent of people have an opportunity to do.”

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The players have meetings in the mornings and then a walkthrough before lunch each day, and then they’ll practice each afternoon for a couple of hours. While the physical part of it is important, the amount of information being thrown at these guys in a short amount of time is perhaps the biggest area these guys can impress coaches.

“We’re asking them to learn a new language in a day,” Reid added. “So, you have to have a little bit of patience, more than you’d have with the normal crew. Then just watch these guys move around and see who can retain some of the points that we throw at them and then still execute.”

Last year, the Chiefs ended up signing six of the players who were at the minicamp on a “tryout” basis.

“We don’t favor any position,” Reid explained. “Whether you’re drafted or undrafted, we just have you come out and we’re going to coach the dog out of you. They’ll be watched every play. They’ll be evaluated and graded on every play.”

For Reid, who h Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey as often spoken of his affinity for being more of a teacher than a coach, the opportunity to take players from a blank slate and try and get them on the same page in a short amount of time is a fun deal.

Any time I can get out here, I’m loving every minute of it,” Reid smiled. “This is what it’s all about. Opportunity in the classroom, opportunity to teach. Our coaches get excited about it. We have a couple of coaches here now that we’ve been coaching for a couple of years and I love seeing the enthusiasm in everybody. I think the players feel that. You may have some grey hairs but you’re going to bring it every day.”

Here are five other observations from the Chiefs’ first day of rookie minicamp:

1.     Breeland Speaks confident in his ability to grasp the playbook

The Chiefs traded up to the 45thpick in the second round of the draft last week to select Speaks—the Ole Miss pass-rushing chess piece who was used all over the Rebels’ defensive front.

While there always needs to be the disclaimer that the guys are in shorts and there can’t be any contact, it was hard not to notice Speaks coming off the edge in team drills on Saturday.

There were a few plays in which he blew up the play and had the quarterback running from the pocket and tossing the ball away—also deflecting a pass from back in the backfield late in practice. He was playing with some energy as well—consistently running around and letting the offense know who was winning each battle. It stood out.

It doesn’t mean anything other than it’s a good start. It’s better to see him make plays than for him not to stand out, and he definitely stood out.

Earlier in the day during his media availability, Speaks spoke about getting the Chiefs’ playbook for the first time.

“My first reaction—I could do this,” he said. “I looked at a few defenses that we install for the day and pretty much went over those and know those by heart already. Feeling pretty good about the playbook so far.”

2.     Speaks and his new roommate—Dorian O’Daniel—are meshing well

During media availability, O’Daniel—the Chiefs’ third-round pick (No. 100 overall) out of Clemson—spoke about being one of the five defensive players taken in this draft.

“I think it’s a credit to Kansas City for drafting the right kind of guys,” O’Daniel said. “Me and Breeland (Speaks), we’re rooming together and sitting in that hotel room we’re like, ‘Alright, what’s your deal? Who are you? What are you about? I think that’s the way it should be with teammates, bringing in a group of rookies that are all defensive.

“We have to stick together and we have to form a relationship because if we form a relationship off the field, it will definitely show on the field and being able to communicate. Even today, me and Breeland being able to communicate because we’re on the same side on some plays. Just having that chemistry off the field definitely will translate well.”

O’Daniel quickly endeared himself to all Kansas Citians during his presser:

He can stay.

3.     UDFA tight end Blake Mack had a phenomenal catch

Again, they are in shorts and all that, but if there’s a player offensively that made more plays than anyone else, that might have been undrafted rookie free agent tight end Blake Mack out of Arkansas State.

After taking several short crossers across the middle and displaying the athleticism that made him a First-Team All-Sun Belt player last year with 48 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns, not to mention a scouting report note from Lance Zierlein at NFL.com that read that Mack has “exciting athletic ability and can be extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands,” he went up and high-pointed a pass from quarterback Chase Litton for a Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey fantastic catch down the middle of the field.

4.     Michigan’s Channing Stribling makes nice interception along the sideline

On back-to-back plays, Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling (6’1”, 188 pounds), who is at minicamp on a tryout basis, made plays.

On the first, Stribling read the out-route and made a fantastic toe-tapping Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey interception along the left sideline.

And on the very next play, Stribling made another play and took it the other way for a defensive touchdown.

– Late in practice, Villanova defensive back Malik Reaves also made a fantastic diving interception on a deflected pass across the middle.

5.     One of Eric Berry’s younger brothers, Elliott, is participating this weekend

You can’t have too many Berry’s on the field if you’re the Chiefs, and there was another one there this weekend as Elliott Berry—the 5’11”, 204-pound defensive back who, like his brother, played at Tennessee—was out on the field playing safety in a No. 30 jersey.

Other random notes:

–       The weather was perfect.

–       Reid spoke about Derrick Johnson signing with the Raiders:

“I think it’s great that Derrick has a chance. Derrick is one of my favorite players that I’ve ever coached since I’ve been coaching. Every day he came out like he was 20 and I’ve said that before. The Raiders are Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey getting a great person, a phenomenal person and leader, and all those things. I mean just tremendous. I wish him the best. I texted him that I wish him the best except for about two games, other than that I’m good.”

What We Learned from Andy Reid a Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey nd the Chiefs’ Rookies on Saturday

Head Coach Andy Reid 

OPENING STATEMENT: “We’re glad to be back out here. We’ve got the rookies here, a couple select veterans – they’re considered rookies, but they were with us for part of the time last year. We’ll put them through practices, we had a walkthrough this morning, we’ll do our practice this afternoon. They’re able to put helmets on and their jerseys, no pads. It’s a great opportunity for these guys. We’ve got a full team both offensively, defensively and special teams. So they’ll get a lot of good work, good individual work and they have an opportunity. That’s the best thing I can tell you. An opportunity to play in the National Football League, which about less than 1 percent of people have an opportunity to do.”

Q: From your perspective what makes this a successful three days, other than nobody getting hurt?

REID: “Surely you don’t want anybody to get hurt. You’d like them to be able to get out of the huddle and run the play that is called because it’s new. We’re asking them to learn a new language in a day. So you have to have a little bit of patience, more than you’d have with the normal crew. Then just watch them move around and who can retain some of the points that we throw at them and then still execute them.”

Q: Is it a relief to see the guys you drafted on your own practice field and get that confirmation that they are who you thought?

REID: “Absolutely. It gives them a step to see who we are too on the other side of it. It’s a win-win that way. We don’t favor any position, whether you’re drafted or undrafted, we just have you come out and we’re going to coach the dog out of you if you’re here and then watch you. They’ll be watched every play. They’ll be evaluated, graded every play. Every guy will be and we tape all of the practices.”

Q: You and Brett Veach mentioned the physical size of some of the guys like Derrick Nnadi and Kahlil McKenzie. From what you’ve seen this morning how do they look physically and how impressive are they being here?

REID: “Those two have good size, big kids. A couple of them aren’t necessarily as tall as you might think but they’re tall enough, but stout. In today’s world lean body mass means something and these guys have everything that kind of fits into the standards that Brett has for that. That’s a positive. That’s a start. So now we get to see them move around a little bit, which is the most important thing, more so than just looking at them.”

Q: Besides the walkthrough and the practice what does a typical day look like for these guys?

REID: “This format is exactly like it will be for the vets when they come in for their minicamp. They got here early, we had meetings this Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey  morning. Now they come out they do their walkthrough. They’ll go back for lunch. Then they’ll come out for a special teams practice, the specialists will come out. Then we’ll start our practice. There will be a special teams period within the practice, just like you guys normally see during the year. It will be an afternoon practice, will last a couple of hours and then they’re out of here. They leave the field, go into meetings again and then they go sleep.”

Q: You’ve got some new faces on the coaching staff, some guys in some new roles. Is this minicamp kind of their introduction too?

REID: “We’ve had a little bit of lead up with Phase 1 and then we’re a week into Phase 2. Phase 2 we can actually get the guys on the field and coach them even though there’s no offense versus defense. I guess you’d say this is the first time they’ve coached somebody with a helmet on and that’s a plus. You can work out some of the kinks and things. So far so good. The walkthrough went well and I’m expecting the practice to go well this afternoon.”

Q: Kahlil McKenzie, his dad obviously played pro football. When a guy whose dad played pro sports walks in the door do they have any advantage over the other guys?

REID: “He grew up in a locker room so he’s not going to be intimidated by anything that he sees. He’s got an uncle, Reggie’s twin, that also played in the league. He probably played longer than Reggie did and he played center. So he grew up around this. A family deal. He’s got a little brother that’s a good football player too. I don’t think he’s going to be intimidated by anything. I think it’s just a matter of getting him learning and working. No matter where you come from you have to work. That will be all the fellas here – their challenge – they’ve got to get out here and crank it.”

Q: We’ve talked a little bit about this with Patrick Mahomes before but how does that help a guy, just generally speaking, having that background of being in a locker room?

REID: “It’s good. They can see that everybody dresses the same way. Doesn’t matter if you’re a first-round pick or second-round pick in our case, or if you’re a free agent. It really doesn’t matter. You go about your business the same way and it’s what you do on the field. We’re going to teach you the same way. The one nice thing is the guys that are coming back for Phase 2 in a week, they will have had an introduction to what we do. So that’s very important. You don’t want to throw them in with the veterans not knowing anything. It can be a bit chaotic for them, but this will at least give them an opportunity to go back and review after these couple days and then when they get back with the full group they’ll be able to move around a little bit.”

Q: How important is it that you teach these young guys how you want things done?

REID: “That’s what we do. You come in the building, it doesn’t matter if you’re coming from college or pros, we’re going to ask you to do certain things. We don’t have a ton of rules but we’re going to ask you to do certain things and we expect you to do it. I don’t know if that is a culture – I’m not sure what that is – but that’s how we roll and the guys have been pretty good with it. The veteran players believe in it most of all. So if somebody comes in and they’re a little off, they’re going to kind of kick them back into gear.”

Q: Do you have a reaction to Derrick Johnson signing with Oakland?

REID: “I think it’s great that Derrick has a chance. Derrick is one of my most favorite players that I have ever coached since I’ve been coaching. Every day he came out like he was 20 and I’ve said that before. The Raiders are getting a great person, a phenomenal person and leader and all those things, I mean just tremendous. I wish him the best. I texted him I wish him the best except for about two games, other than that I’m good.”

Q: Could he come back here as a coach one day?

REID: “Well I told him that if he decides he wants to go in that direction, I’m going to be hard on him. Probably harder on him than when he was a player. But he can come back, absolutely.”

Q: These guys have to go away for a week, then they can come back?

REID: “Then they can come back, yeah. Mother’s Day will be travel day for them, then they’ll be able to start that week.”

Q: In past years you had some draft picks that couldn’t participate until a little later – none of those guys this year, right?

REID: “Yeah, we’re good with all that.”

Q: With so many guys starting from scratch this week, is this exciting for you, kind of fun for you to start from scratch?

REID: “Yeah. Anytime I can get out here, I’m loving every minute of it. This is what it’s all about. Opportunity in the classroom, opportunity to teach. Our coaches get excited about it. We have a couple of coaches here now that we’ve been coaching for a couple of years and I love seeing the enthusiasm in everybody. I think the players feel that. You may have some gray hairs but you’re going to bring it every day. That’s important.”

Q: Has there been a guy through the years that showed up during rookie minicamp that you really thought they had something when you got to see them on the field?

REID: “Albert Wilson just made about $8 million and he was one of those guys that we all got to see. I would tell you that there are a few guys that have come in and you weren’t sure what they had, then they come out and they just keep getting better and better and showing, I guess is the word you would use. They catch your attention. You invite them to the next phase and the next phase and eventually they make the team for you. But I would tell you most recently, somebody would be Albert (Wilson).”

Linebacker Breeland Speaks

Q: What expectations do you have for yourself for this weekend?

SPEAKS: “Basically get down whatever they have for us. They’ve got a few defenses in and I just want to make sure I own those and be productive with that during camp.”

Q: What was your first reaction looking at the playbook?

SPEAKS: “I did get the playbook and my first reaction had to be, I could do this. I looked at a few defenses that we install for the day and pretty much went over those and know those by heart already. Feeling pretty good about the playbook so far.”

Q: Move you around a little on third-down compared to second-down to outside or inside?

SPEAKS: “Right now, outside linebacker. That’s where we’re headed. I think as more time goes we’ll get some different stuff and sub-packages but for right now I’m just at the outside linebacker spot.”

Q: What’s it been like getting here and checking everything out?

SPEAKS: “It’s been fun. I think yesterday we came in on the other side of the Royals stadium so I finally got to see what that looked like, it’s pretty big. But I’m getting used to it. I’m loving the whole layout of the city, love the people here. Just taking every day, day-by-day. So far I’m loving the scenery, loving coming to work already so let’s just keep it going.”

Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi 

Q: What expectations do you have for yourself in this camp?

NNADI: “Honestly, my expectation is to do the best I can to the best of my abilities. Help out my teammates with anything they need and learn the system as fast as I can and produce.”

Q: How much pride do you take in run stuffing?

NNADI: “When it comes to stopping the run, I take it as my bread and butter. I take a lot of pride in that. It comes with a lot of technique. When it comes to pass rushing, that is something I am still working to improve on so I can be a good overall defensive player.”

Q: What is the biggest difference from college to now?

NNADI: “Playing wise, there is just a lot more experience across the board. In a sense it’s a lot less strict because everyone knows what they are doing. You don’t have to be on their shoulder saying, ‘Be careful of this, be careful of this, be careful of that.’ Everyone knows what kind of things they have to do, the techniques they have to do. Everything is like this is what we have to do and just get it done and say no more.”

Q: What is it like to be a part of this unique draft class that is primarily defense?

NNADI: “Honestly, I am grateful that they selected me to be part of this organization. How I see it, as a defense, we have work to do. They drafted me for a reason, to be here for a reason to improve the defense. All the defensive players that got drafted, we kind of clicked as soon as we met each other. That just adds to the bond since we are already cool with each other we can really better ourselves that much more.”

Q: Did you talk to any of the guys before today started?

NNADI: “Yeah, I met Kahlil McKenzie at the combine. When I got here I met up with Chris Jones. He was pretty much just telling me I have a great opportunity here and it is up to me to really take hold of it.”

Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel

Q: At Clemson you’re used to big-time football. What’s been the Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey differences you’ve been told about the NFL?

O’DANIEL: “Obviously going to be a transition, going to take some getting used to. The speed of the game, coaching, but I think Clemson definitely prepared me for this opportunity going forward because I’ve been in situations, big games, bright lights. I’ve faced adversity at the highest level and I’m thankful for the coaching staff at Clemson for preparing me to get to this point because right now a lot of the things I’m hearing in meetings are very similar to what I heard at Clemson so that’s very encouraging.”

Q: Draft night was special because of your relationship with Kendall Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey (Fuller) – how much have you guys communicated about starting anew together?

O’DANIEL: “Very comfortable. He’s been able to keep it real with me and just keep it very transparent. We’re excited, obviously being together in high school and playing at a high level together, I hope it translates well here. He hit me up yesterday on FaceTime asking how the first meetings went, everything like that. He’s not here right now but he said he’ll be here on Monday. So he said he’ll be able to be out there and see us in action. Just having a guy that I’m familiar with and being able to work with him and continue to compete and be great.”

Q: How do you try to have a bond knowing that five defensive players were taken in your draft class?

O’DANIEL: “I think it’s a credit to Kansas City for drafting the right kind of guys. Me and Breeland (Speaks) we’re rooming together and sitting in that hotel room we’re like alright, ‘What’s your deal? Who are you? What are you about?’ I think that’s the way it should be with teammates. Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Bringing in a group of rookies that are all defensive we have to stick together and we have to form a relationship. Because if we form a relationship off the field it will definitely show on the field and being able to communicate. Even today, me and Breeland being able to communicate because we’re on the same side on some plays. So just having that chemistry off the field definitely will translate well.”

Chiefs Continue to Find Value in Players Who C Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey ompete in Senior Bowl

The pre-draft showcase continues to be a key component to Chiefs’ evaluation process

The Senior Bowl continues to be a big part of the evaluation process for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The postseason all-star game, which takes place at the end of January in Mobile, Alabama, attracts some of the top draft-eligible prospects in the country.

In fact, in 12 of the last 13 drafts, there were at least 82 players selected who participated in the longstanding event that dates back more than 60 years, including 84 guys this year.

RELATED: Behind-the-Scenes Stories from Brett Veach’s First Senior Bowl as Chiefs’ GM

Overall, there were 51 players selected in the first four rounds of this year’s NFL Draft who participated in the Senior Bowl, and two of them are Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey now Kansas City Chiefs—linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and safety Armani Watts.

The fact that both of those guys played in that game is something that stood out to Veach.

“They don’t have to play in that game,” Veach explained. “I think when you’re a small school player or if y Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey ou’re a big school player that maybe isn’t as highly as touted, maybe those guys line up and play because they want to get one more chance to show what they can do and to elevate their stock to some degree.

“Guys like Watts and O’Daniel played at big programs, played a lot of football. They didn’t neces Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey sarily have to go there. It’s easy for these guys to say, ‘Hey, look, we play a lot of football and just want to get our body right for the Combine and the pro days.’ We understand that—absolutely understand that.

“But I think it just goes back to the competitiveness of these guys. They get a chance to play at the Senior Bowl and compete—show these guys one more time, I’m not going to back down from competition, not going to back down from the cameras being on me and these evaluators being up close and personal. So, I think it speaks more to their desire to not shy away from the competition.”

Over the past six years, the Chiefs have drafted at least one player who Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey competed in the Senior Bowl every year, and 10 players in total.

Last year, two of the Chiefs’ first three picks competed at the Senior Bowl and were both Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  small-school guys—running back Kareem Hunt (Toledo) and linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova).

After leading the league in rushing last year, Hunt was awarded the Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year Awardthis offseason.

Here’s a look at all the current guys the Chiefs have drafted who competed in the Senior Bowl in their respective years:

Chiefs’ Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Linebackers Coach Up a Local Youth Team as Part of a Play 60 Clinic

The linebackers led over 30 kids through a variety of drills on Tuesday

The Kansas City Chiefs’ linebackers gave coaching a try on Tuesday as the position group led over 30 kids in a variety of drills and activities as part of an NFL Play 60 clinic at the Uni Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey versity of Kansas Health System Training Complex.

The young athletes in attendance were all members of the KC Rebels, a local non-profit youth organization that provides kids with the means to play a Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey variety of sports, including football. The team represented the Chiefs in the NFL FLAG Championships prior to the Pro Bowl in Orlando earlier this year and had a chance to learn a thing or two from their professional counterparts on Tuesday.

“Having the players really show them how to do the drills, talking with them and working with them – it’s inspirational for the kids,” said Rebels’ founder Jamie Carpenter. “It gives them a brighter outlook and a bigger picture beyond what they see at practice every day. You can see the joy on their faces, it means a whole lot to them.”

The players – linebackers Reggie Ragland, Anthony Hitchens, Frank Zombo, Terrance Smith, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Ukeme Eligwe, Dadi Nicolas and Tyrone Holmes – took turns leading different activities that focused on improving the kids’ skills while having plenty of fun in the process.

“It’s always fun to work out with the kids,” Ragland said. “They take it out of you – I’m breathing pretty hard right now – but it’s a lot of fun.”

That combination of thrill and exercise is the goal of the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, which encourages young people to stay active for at least one hour of every day.

“Once you start being active and you see how you feel after workouts, your body feels that muc Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey h better and you’re going to live a longer and healthier life,” Hitchens said. “Even when I’m done playing football, I’ll still stay active.”

Ragland went as far to share a personal story about the importance of regular exercise.

“I hurt my ankle when I was in high school and went from 230 pounds to 260 in like three weeks,” Ragla Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey nd said laughingly. “It’s very important to stay as active as you can. When I was a kid, I was outside from sun up to sun down. Just stay active and have fun being a kid.”

The players also stressed that a healthy lifestyle includes buckling down in the classroom.

“I just want to keep telling them that if you don’t get your schoolwork done, you won’t be  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey able to play,” Ragland said. “When I was in the third or fourth grade, I didn’t have good grades and my dad took my whole basketball season away from me. He made me realize that if I Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey didn’t do my schoolwork, I couldn’t do the things that I wanted to do.”

It’s those lessons – both the physical and the mental – that have a chance to make a difference when voiced by a professional athlete.

“A lot of them remind me of myself,” Ragland said. “They just want to learn and keep getting better, so it’s good to come out here and teach them a few things. As long as they’re wanting to learn, I’ll teach them.”

To learn more about the Rebels or to register to join the team, visit their website at www.kcrebels.org.

Chiefs’ Selection of Kahlil McKenzie May Be Most Intriguing from 2018 Draft Cl Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey ass

The former Tennessee Volunteer will be making the transition from defensive line to offensive line

After watching Kahlil McKenzie’s Pro Day workout at Tennessee, it’s easy to see what the Kansas City Chiefs saw in him as a player who could make the transition from the defensive line, where he played at Tennessee, to the offensive line, where he’s going to play for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs ultimately believed in their evaluation enough to use both of their seventh-round picks (No. 233 and No. 243) to move up to the sixth round (No. 198 overall) to select McKenzie, who said he’s ready to make the transition.

“I just prefer to play football,” McKenzie said of the move to guard. “They’re going to get the absolute best out of me. I think I can come in and dominate that position.”

Outside of the positional change for McKenzie, who initially went to Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Tennessee out of high school as one of the most highly-touted defensive line prospects in the country, there’s also the family ties and dynamic that should make for a fun career with the Chiefs.

McKenzie is the son of current Oakland Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie, and nephew of Raleigh McKenzie, who is a college scout for the Raiders.

“My dad’s happy for me,” McKenzie said after being drafted. “The rest of the family, they’re happy as well. It’s just going to make for a lot more family rivalries. We’re a competitive family in nature, so we compete at everything we do. This just adds one more ripple into that.

“I’m excited to get to Kansas City and just help these Chiefs, one, whoop up on the Raiders, a Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey nd also whoop up on the rest of the NFL.”

Upon deciding to draft the son of the general manager of one of the Chiefs’ biggest rivals, Brett Veach admitted that he did reach out to his counterpart in Oakland.

“I did call him after and was kind of poking fun at him saying I hope you guys know that your son is going to be lining up against you guys and taking it to you for four quarters,” Veach laughed. “[Reggie McKenzie] was just extremely happy that he was in Kansas City. I think as a father you want to know that your son’s in good hands and certainly with Coach Reid and Coach (Andy) Heck, he’ll be in good hands here. We’re going to take care of him.”

Veach, who couldn’t have been more excited while watching and talking through McKenzie’s Pro Day workout—how he moved, his feet and natural feel for moving around in space, explained their thought-process of giving him a chance to make this transition.

“I think he graded out at the fifth or sixth tester in regards to just numbers and raw strength,” Veach noted. “We are willing to be patient with him and we know that the upside is really good here. From a physical standpoint, he lacks nothing.”

McKenzie did play guard in high schoo Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey l but strictly played along the defensive line at Tennessee. Veach said he thought McKenzie was a draftable talent as a defensive lineman as well.

“My dad and uncle both thought it would be cool to see me play offensive line, and they always thought that if I wanted to make that switch, I could,” McKenzie added “When I got to the Pro Day, some teams asked me – Chiefs being one of them – to work out as an offensive lineman. I did those drills, and they felt really good.”

Chiefs’ area scout Pat Sperduto, who was the first to evaluate McKenzie and was at his Pro Day that day, shared what caught his eye about the possibility of McKenzie switching sides of the ball.

“He has such a strong base,” Sperduto explained. “His hands are always tight and inside, his head is always up. All the things and traits that you look at with him, you could see that this kid might have a shot as a guard.”

That shot begins in a couple of days.

The Chiefs will hold their rookie minicamp this weekend, and McKenzie, along with the Chiefs’ other five draft picks, plus a number of undrafted free agents the team recently signed, and dozens of other tryout guys, will practice on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Veach is excited to see McKenzie begin the transition this weekend.

“This kid is going to look like a first-round pick,” Veach explained. Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey “He’s an impressive looking player. He had such a good workout at the Pro Day at guard. It just looked natural to him. I don’t know exactly how long this transition will take because he hasn’t played offensive line a long time, but as far as his size—his athletic ability—he has all of the traits.

“If you just kind of popped into all of the Pro Days and looked at him compared to the other guys that went in the first three rounds, the size of this guy and how he moves and how he adjusts you would pro Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey bably put him right at the top of your list. So, that’s kind of what we’re dealing with here.”

One of the reasons the Chiefs could feel comfortable to make a move up for McKenzie and trying to develop him as a guard is that they’ve got a track record of developing guys up front.

A few years ago, the team drafted a couple of offensive lineman in the sixth round, and those two players—Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif—went on to start 86 games for the Chiefs over the last four years.

Fulton, who stepped in during that time and started 15 games at center—a position he hadn’t ever played in college—says something, as does the fact that Duvernay-Tardif was a pretty raw prospect coming out of Canada’s McGill University in 2014.

But Fulton, who signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Texans this offseason, and Duvernay-Tardif, who signed a lucrative multi-year contract extension with the Chiefs two years ago, became better players under the guidance of head coach Andy Reid—a noted offensive line aficionado, and also Chiefs’ offensive line coach Andy Heck.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Veach said of Duvernay-Tardif’s first few months with the team. “But these coaches kind of showed two years ago what they did with Duvernay-Tardif that it takes some time, but if you have the desire and you have the ability, with the right coaching, it can be done.”

The Chiefs are hoping it can be done with McKenzie, and if his Pro Day workout is any indication of what the ceiling is for this kid, plus his football family’s pedigree, there’s every reason to see the Chiefs’ last pick of the 2018 NFL Draft as their most intriguing moving forward.

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Some numbers to know

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped  Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey up their 2018 NFL Draft by adding a total of six new players, five of which came on the defensive side of the ball.

Here’s one key stat to know about each player:

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Breeland Speaks (Pick No. 46 overall) – Ranked fifth among defensive linemen in 2018 NFL Draft in PRP (pass-rush productivity) at 11.3, per Pro Football Focus.

PRP is number based on a formula that combines sacks, hits and hurries, and averages them out with the total number of snaps played to come up with a Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey number that reflects how many snaps in passing situations on average it takes for player to affect the opposing quarterback.

Last year at Ole Miss, Speaks had 256 pass rushing snaps on the season and finished with eight sacks, 10 10 quarterback hits and 18 quarterback hurries.

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Derrick Nnadi (Pick No. 75 overall) – Finished last year with his third-straight season with a Pro Football Focus grade of 82.0 or higher. He was Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey their seventh-ranked defensive tackle in the class and finished last season with a run-stop percentage of 11.0 percent, which ranked 11thin the class.

Altogether, it’s just a statistical way of saying he was a beast against the run—something the Chiefs could use more of heading into next season.

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Dorian O’Daniel (Pick No. 100) – Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  Finished with a Clemson-record 39 career special teams tackles—working as a four-score teams’ player. Chiefs’ general manager Brett Veach already said he thought O’Daniel was the best special teams’ player in the draft.

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Armani Watts (Pick No. 124 overall) – Responsible for 16 turnovers during his four-year career at Texas A&M.

He finished with 10 interceptions and four forced fumbles on the more than 3,000 defensive snaps he played in his career—starting as the Aggie’s free safety as a true freshman in 2014. Not bad for a kid in the SEC.

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Tremon Smith (Pick No. 196 overall) – Reportedly ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, which would have tied for the fastest time at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Smith did not attend the Combine or any of the offseason All-Star games, but he’s considered by many as one of the steals of Day 3 of the draft.

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Kahlil McKenzie (Pick No. 198 overall) – 0 – That’s how many snaps McKenzie played at Tennessee at the position he’ll be competing for a roster spot at with the Chiefs. He was a defensive lineman who will be making the transition to the offensive guard. He’s 6-feet-3 and 314 pounds, so there’s reason for optimism about the transition, although it could take some time.

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Here’s how some of the experts from around the web evaluated the Chiefs’ draft class

The Kansas City Chiefs made six additions in the 2018 NFL Draft last weekend, bolstering their defense with five of the six picks.

The folks at Bleacher Report seem to like what the Chiefs have done throughout the offseason as a whole so far, ranking Kansas City as the No. 9 team in their Post-Draft Power Rankings.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

The big thing to watch with the Kansas City Chiefs this year will be the switch to Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. I’m excited about it because Mahomes has B Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey rett Favre-type ability and can be one of the best passers in the league early.

The Chiefs had a phenomenal free agency too. Adding Sammy Watkins gives Mahomes another downfield target, and bringing in Kendall Fuller and Anthony Hitchens should help improve the defense. I know Kansas City lo Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey st Marcus Peters, but I believe the defense will be better.

Kansas City didn’t have a first-round pick but still landed two of the best defensive tackles in the draft in Breeland Speaks and Derrick Nnadi. The Chiefs needed depth and talent up front and they got it.

If the defense can take even a small step forward, the Chiefs will be extremely dangerous. With Mahomes at the helm, the offense is going to be one of the most explosive in football.

Here’s how the experts from around the web reacted to each of Kansas City’s selections over the weekend.

Defensive end Breeland Speaks can get after the passer

Here’s more on Speaks from The Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor:

Speaks, 22, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds. In 2017, he recorded 67 tackles (eight for loss) and seven sacks — all career-highs — primarily as a defensive end.

He certainly has his fans around the NFL, including a scout reached by The Star Friday night.

“Very good athlete — can play laterally and redirect quickly at his size,” the scout said. “High upside with inside/outside flexibility…relentless tough guy.”

Third-round pick Derrick Nnadi thrived against the run at Florida State

Clemson product Dorian O’Daniel was one of the top linebackers in the country last season

Fourth-round pick A Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey rmani Watts was a do-it-all safety for Texas A&amp Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey ;M

Here’s this from NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison:

Watts could qualify as a steal from this draft. Watts should compete for a starting job in training camp, and with Eric Berry returning from injury, he could be part of a transformation on coordinator Bob Sutton’s defense. Solid coaching should help him capitalize on immense athletic ability. Always respect four-year starters like Watts.

Cornerback Tremon Smith may have been one of the top sleeper picks in the draft

Former defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie will make the switch to offense in Kansas City

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The event – limited to 200 participants from the ages of 8-14 – is a one-day youth skills football and character building camp with Kansas City Ambassadors acting as coaches and mentors. Campers will spend the day learning football fundamentals from former Chiefs players, as well as key life skills that will help the athl Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey etes grow on and off the field.

Registration is now open at www.chiefs.com/fan-zone/youthfootballcamp.html. Registration is $125 and includes a water bottle, drawstring backpack, t-shirt and a healthy lunch.  If registered by May 15, individuals will receive two tickets to the Chiefs vs. Packers preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Chiefs added six new players to their roster

On Monday afternoon, Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager Brett Veach went on a conference call with local media to discuss the team’s 2018 draft class.

2nd Round (No. 46 overall) – Breeland Speaks – DE/Edge – Ole Miss

3rd Round (No. 75 overall) – Derrick Nnadi – DT – Florida State

3rd Round (No. 100 overall) – Dorian O’Daniel – LB – Clemson

4th Round (No. 124 overall) Armani Watts – S – Texas A&M

6th Round (No. 196 overall) – Tremon Smith – CB – Central Arkansas

6th Round (No. 198 overall) – Kahlil McKenzie – OG – Tennessee

 

Here are some highlights of what was discussed:

Veach broke down what he likes about fourth-round pick Armani Watts:

“Armani is a guy that had really, really good game tape. He’s a physical player. You can get int Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey o the strong safety, free safety stuff, but we do so much high-low stuff with our free safeties so they have to be interchangeable. He can play down low because he is physical, he is tough, loves to hit, but he also has very good instincts and ball skills and he’s very good at anticipating routes. I don’t know if you guys saw the Arkansas game at Texas Stadium this year, he won the game the game in overtime just by anticipating a red zone throw there.

“So, the guy has tremendous feel back there, so we think over time he can certainly develop into a starting safety.”

Next, Veach broke down the first of their two sixth-round picks, cornerback Tremon Smith:

“Smith is a small-school corner from Central Arkansas. I believe the kid was a quarterback coming out of high school and kind of got overlooked because he was a smaller kid that played like a triple option type-deal, and he goes to Central Arkansas and they throw him at cornerback from day one. The guy had tremendous production—really has a nose for the football.

“Elevating from Central Arkansas up to the next level will be an adjustment, but the guy ran 4.3, he’s got really good hips—change of direction—all of the physica Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey l attributes that you look for in a corner. So, we really like his skill set and we think he has a chance to develop into a player.”

Finally, Veach broke down Tennessee’s Kahlil McKenzie, who is making the transition from defensive line to offensive guard:

“This kid is going to look like a first-round pick,” Veach said of McKenzie coming to OTAs. “He’s an impressive looking player. He’s a draftable talent just as a defensive lineman and he would certainly be on an NFL roster this coming fall if he just played defensive line, but when you watched him at his Pro Day, and I know (area scout) Pat Sperduto spoke about this after we drafted him, but he had such a good workout at the Pro Day at guard. It looked natural to him.

“I don’t know exactly how long this will take because he hasn’t played offensive line a long time, but as far as his size, his athletic ability—he has all of the traits. If you didn’t have any background, you didn’t watch any tape, you looked at just the Pro Day works, the size of this guy and how he moves and how he adjusts—you would probably put him right at the top of your list.

“So, that’s kind of what we’re dealing with here—a tremendously talented kid that may take some time but we’re certainly excited to take on that project.”

One of the more entertaining storylines from the draft is the fact that McKenzie is the son of current Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie.

“I did see some of the pictures with the Raiders gear in the background when Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  he got drafted,” Veach laughed. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for his father. I think he’s a great evaluator, great person, certainly, he’s been doing this a long time. I did call him after we drafted Kahlil and was kind of poking fun at him saying I hope you guys know that your son is going to be lining up against you guys and taking it to you for four quarters. He was just extremely happy that he was in Kansas City. I think as a father you want to know that your son’s in good hands, and certainly, with Coach Reid and Coach (Andy) Heck, he’ll be in good hands here Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey .”

Veach said the plan wasn’t necessarily to select defensive players with their first five picks:

“Certainly, we knew we had to get better (on defense). And really, I spoke about it just before the draft, you look at the Philadelphia Eagles and having that depth—we just wanted to acquire players that would make our team, would compete, would produce, and fill out that depth. I can’t sit here and say that I went into the draft and just wanted to draft defense, defense, defense. I knew we had to better on defense and I knew that we had to get tougher and I kind of said that the night before.

“I knew one thing that I really wanted to make sure I left the draft with is someone who could affect the passer, and that’s where Breeland (Speaks) came into play. You looked at where we were at 54 and Breeland was a guy that we had targeted at 54. Then when the names start peeling off and you saw what was behind Breeland on our board, there was really no one that matched his skill set, and that’s why we were aggressive to get him and that is why we made the move.”

Veach spoke about which guys he thinks could step in and play right away:

“We think [Speaks] is a guy that can come in and play and help us on all three downs. Derrick Nnadi is a guy that from the first time he stepped on the field at Florida State, he played. I think he started 38 of 39 games, so that guy went from high school right to Florida State. Obviously, this guy will be able to come right in and play for us and help us out.

“Dorian O’Daniel, we have a vision for him so we know when we go into our sub stuff, he  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey will be able to come in there and be able to be utilized as a coverage backer. He can match up on some tight ends, play in the passing game, has range, had speed and then all four phases of special teams. And then Armani Watts is a guy that we just think it will be a matter of grasping the checks and adjustments and being able to call the show back there, but he is another guy that will be able to come in here and play of special teams and work in with Dan Sorensen, Eric Murray, and those guys.”

Veach spoke about how he feels about the roster right now:

“I’m excited about the roster…I don’t think again ever as an evaluator, you’re ever happy or keep your eyes closed. If there are opportunities to get our depth better or to acquire players that will help us, we’ll do that. We did that in August last year and if something happens during the course of training camp where we can make a deal or do something with the team that Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey will help us, I think we’ll pursue that.

“Happy? Yes. Content? No. That’d be the best way of saying it.”