This is the seventh in The Star’s series of NFL first-round draft projections. The Star will release its final mock draft April 30, the first day of the draft. Each mock is based on individual film work, research and recent transactions.
The Chiefs have exercised a fifth-year option on defensive tackle Dontari Poe, a source confirmed to The Star on Friday. Poe had one year left on his original rookie deal, and will have a 2015 salary cap number of $3.6 million.
De’Anthony Thomas says he’s wanted to have his own clothing line since he was a kid, and he’s now made it a reality. He recently wore a black baseball cap adorned with his new, neon-green logo, which fittingly looks like the face of a snake — his nickname is black mamba.
The top three wide receiver options — Alabama’s Amari Cooper, West Virginia’s Kevin White and Louisville’s DeVante Parker — are all expected to be off the board by the time the Chiefs pick 18th overall in the first round, so drafting an offensive lineman would be a better play, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says.
Tight end Sean McGrath, 27, retired at the start of training camp last season citing a loss of passion for the game, but was reinstated April 15 after he told the Chiefs he wanted to return. He was subsequently released, however, despite catching 26 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.
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.