Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, April 28
Second-round pick (58): Carlos Basham JR. “Boogie” EDGE, Wake Forest, 6’5” 275 pounds
Touch physical edge, smart football IQ, and love the way he sheds off blocks. Played a relentless brand of football amassing 35.5 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks in his 4 years at Wake Forest.
7. Chiefs strike gold with Patrick Mahomes (2017)
The trade: Kansas City sends its first-round pick (No. 27 overall), a third-round pick and a 2018 first-round pick to Buffalo for the Bills’ first-round pick (No. 10 overall).
The skinny: The move already has led to one Super Bowl title and another Super Bowl appearance. Mahomes is 38-8 as a starter, and his résumé includes one MVP and three Pro Bowl selections. All for the cost of a third-rounder and a 2018 first-rounder that was 22nd overall. Every team would make that trade 100% of the time.
The 49ers pulled a Houdini once and avoided being corralled into history’s favorite quarterback blunder of when the Bears took Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. If we’re going to be accurate about the overall state of blubbering in that draft, it’s hard to ignore that San Francisco had the No. 3 pick and chose to ride into the future by picking mediocre defensive tackle Solomon Thomas ahead of Mahomes and Watson, while leaving the quarterback depth chart to a dice roll between Brian Hoyer and 2017 third-round pick C.J. Beathard.
Those mistakes – and the selection of Reuben Foster as the team’s other first-round pick in 2017 – could have been more than enough to undercut the entire future of the franchise. Maybe even enough to have Shanahan and Lynch on the hot seat by now. But the pair won with a multitude of smart moves that ultimately and impressively kickstarted a roster into a Super Bowl contender, drowning out the reality that either Mahomes or Watson was the better long-term choice.
Simms: ”I love Zach Wilson. For my money, he is the best quarterback in the draft.
“My big, broad statement about him would be, when I studied him, I felt like I was watching Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes-ish kind of play.
Zach Wilson is projected to be taken by the New York Jets with the No 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft
“He has the most gifted arm in the draft, that is for sure – it’s not even close – and in all areas.
“If you’re talking about accuracy, it’s between him and Mac Jones. But then there’s also the power in his arm which, like a Rodgers or Mahomes, is very special. It’s also the power he has in awkward positions – on the run – and that is life in the NFL these days, and what has made Rodgers and Mahomes so good.
– Forty-four of Kansas City’s 46 second-round picks since 1967 have gone on to suit up for the Chiefs.
– Hardman has hauled in 67 catches for 1,098 yards and 10 touchdowns during his two seasons in Kansas City, averaging 16.4 yards-per-reception. He’s tallied at least 500 receiving yards and four scores in each of his first two seasons as a professional.
– Thornhill recorded three interceptions in 2019 – the second-most on the team behind fellow safety Tyrann Mathieu – before suffering an ACL tear in Week 17 of that season. Despite the injury, however, Thornhill was back on the field for Week 1 of the 2020 campaign and went on to appear in
all 16 games, tallying three passes defensed and an interception.
The incident started when Songz allegedly refused to wear a mask inside Arrowhead Stadium, despite coronavirus protocols in place at the game.
As we told you, Trey was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest — both misdemeanors — and for assaulting a police officer, a low-grade felony.
The footage police released appeared to show Trey throwing the first punch during his interaction with police, but his camp claimed the officer had it out for him before the brawl. In any event, no charges are being filed in the case.
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Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
Kyle Pitts deserves all the hype he’s getting as a transformative tight end who could revolutionize the NFL, but I think all that has caused Freiermuth to get lost in the shuffle too much. Now sitting as a likely 2nd, or even 3rd round pick, I think someone is going to get a steal.
Freiermuth has glimpses of that same pass catching ability that’s transforming tight end into an additional slot receiver. He might not have the traditional blocking scouts like to see from players in his position, and he can use his size a little better — but this is a refrain we’re seeing a lot this draft.
The normal knocks on players that push players into the back-half of the first round are pronounced enough in 2021 that guys are falling into the second round as a result. I think a team taking a new quarterback this year would do well to get the handcuff with Freiermuth and make a new player’s job a lot easier.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday confirmed his death. He had liver disease and had been in hospice care.
Hayes spent four seasons with the Bucs, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2008. He then played one year with Chicago and two with Jacksonville.
“Geno was a beloved teammate and often the first player to volunteer his time to our efforts in the community,” the Bucs said in a statement. “He frequently visited schools and had a remarkable ability to connect with children. Losing him at such a young age is heartbreaking.”
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms to trade starting left guard Ereck Flowers to the Washington Football Team in a deal that includes a swap of late-round NFL draft picks, sources confirmed to ESPN.
It’s a return to Washington for Flowers, who revived his career there in 2019 when he moved from offensive tackle to guard. He then signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Miami last offseason.
The Dolphins will save $8 million in cap space and $9 million in guaranteed salary by sending Flowers to Washington. He had an up-and-down first season.
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For all of the criticism Bob Sutton received in his Chiefs tenure, it can be easy to forget how good his Chiefs defense used to be. No game demonstrated this more than this particular matchup: his unit somehow held the Steelers to just six field goals and zero touchdowns.
Needing just 19 points to overcome Pittsburgh, the Chiefs’ offense stalled time and again, ultimately falling short and crashing out of the playoffs.
Now, this isn’t a post to criticize Alex Smith, but it was made clear that day he wasn’t going to be the quarterback to take Kansas City over the top. For the Chiefs to reach their ultimate goal, they had to make an upgrade.
In the build-up to the 2017 NFL Draft, no one actually knew for sure that the Chiefs were interested in taking a quarterback. Yes, there was fan interest in a couple of players, but we had yet to see any tangible signs from the Chiefs themselves.
Outside of Chiefs fandom, analysts were clamoring for the team to add another weapon for Smith or to build up the trenches. The idea of the Chiefs trading up for a quarterback when their window was still wide open was simply too crazy for experts to predict. A large portion of the Chiefs fan base wasn’t as optimistic about the Chiefs’ future chances with Smtih at quarterback.
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