New Hampshire receiver R.J. Harris knew a familiar obstacle stood in his way if he wanted to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL. Once he signed with his agent, he moved to Weston, Fla., when he worked with trainer Matt Gates at Fit Speed Athletic Performance. At New Hampshire’s pro day on March 19, Harris broke off 40 times of 4.49 and 4.53, hopefully silencing any concerns that may have existed about his speed.
This is the fifth in The Star’s series of NFL first-round draft projections. The Star will release a mock draft every week from here until the draft starts April 30. The Chiefs’ pick this time: Michigan State corner Trae Waynes.
Travis Manning's first love was basketball. Like many good athletes, he played AAU ball growing up, and as a guard at Bellevue West in Bellevue, Ill., he was even named MVP of the 2009 Denver Miller Basketball Tournament as a senior. But football would soon overtake his original passion.
This is the fourth in The Star’s series of NFL first-round draft projections. We will release a new mock draft every week from here until the draft, with a final mock being released on April 30, the day of the draft. In the latest scenario, the Chiefs may want to consider trading down, or take Miami tackle Ereck Flowers.
The Chiefs will begin working out April 20, according to a offseason training schedule released by the team Thursday. Organized team activities begin on May 26 and the team’s mandatory minicamp will be held June 16-18.
The Chiefs’ Tamba Hali and Jeremy Maclin played catch Monday with members of Mexico’s men’s national soccer team, which was training at Arrowhead Stadium in preparation for Tuesday’s match against Paraguay.
Whenever the Chiefs’ front office decides to hand out a large contract — like it did to lure Jeremy Maclin to Kansas City a few weeks ago — general manager John Dorsey has to run it up the flagpole, right to chairman Clark Hunt. And the truth is, when Dorsey explained why Maclin was worth the money, it certainly didn’t take long to convince Hunt.
Although Kansas City has addressed needs at wide receiver and on the offensive line, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said the Chiefs could still use their first-round pick on a player at one of those positions.
The Chiefs’ decision to bring back Tamba Hali at a reduced salary should keep their vaunted pass-rush intact, but it also creates an interesting situation for second-year pro Dee Ford. He sat for most of the season as he struggled to find playing time behind Hali and Justin Houston.
Mike Garrett, the running back of 65 Toss Power Trap fame, is back in Kansas City as athletic director of Langston (Okla.) University, which is playing in the NAIA women’s basketball tournament in Independence.
It looks as if the Chiefs are going to have an interesting battle at long snapper this season. The Chiefs signed another long snapper, James Winchester, on Thursday, according to a tweet from his agent, Ken Sarnoff.