“The Chiefs pick 23rd tonight (in the NFL draft).”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: You likely despise the build up for the NFL draft or you relish it like Z-Man used to relish a fresh mock draft. Remember those pre-Internet days on 1510 AM? Z-Man would roll out a new mock draft and then take calls from Bonner, MU Dog and Michael Wayne disputing the merits of Donnie Edwards, Reggie Tongue and the always undervalued Joe Horn.
“The best player available.”
John Dorsey, on his draft philosophy carried over from his days in the Green Bay Packers organization
GH: This philosophy suggests that Dorsey will NOT draft for need but rather the player he deems to be the best player on the board. If true, this makes the Chiefs’ draft pick almost impossible to predict. I think the Chiefs grab a wide receiver at 23 but I like Adam Teicher’s pick of Ra’Shede Hageman, a DT out of Minnesota. This cat DESTROYED Nebraska’s offense last fall and just about every other Big Ten opponent he saw. I would be happy misspelling his name here in KC for the next ten years.
“He’s got freakish athletic ability.”
Mike Mayock, NFL draft analyst, on Hageman, mndaily.com
GH: Some mock drafts have the Patriots taking Hageman with the 29th pick. If he is there at 23 and Dorsey sticks to his best-player-available policy, do not be surprised if this Gopher becomes a Chief.
“It’s going to be an old-school vintage suit. You’re obviously going to have your eyes glued on the TV when my name gets called.”
Ra’Shede Hageman, saying he chose a suit to match his eye-popping play for Thursday night’s draft, mndaily.com
“I have my doubts whether this group (of Chiefs cornerbacks) is strong enough to compete week in and week out. The drop in (Brandon) Flowers’ play last season was troubling and could be a sign he isn’t a good fit in coordinator Bob Sutton’s defensive schemes, ones that require the cornerbacks to play a lot of press coverage. … Flowers had some dismal games in 2013, none worse than the torching he received against Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys early in the season, and then by the San Diego Chargers halfway through. In fairness to Flowers, he missed a couple of games early in the season because of a sore knee, and it might not have been right the rest of the way.”
Adam Teicher, ESPN.com
GH: The scorching that Indy’s Andrew Luck gave the Chiefs in the second half of their Wild Card playoff loss might still be fresh enough for the Chiefs to draft a corner.
“You know why the Chiefs have struggled for decades? Bad drafts. The franchise has struck out so many times.”
Nick Jacobs, @Jacobs71, Twitter
GH: There have been far too few Will Shields and Jamaal Charles. Dorsey’s first draft was anything but exciting. With only one pick in the first 86 picks this draft, Dorsey’s second draft could be another snoozer.
“I think John (Dorsey) would be much more comfortable with a seventh pick and even an eighth pick.”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs having only six picks in this draft, 810 AM
“If we’re all sitting there (at One Arrowhead Drive) at 9:15 and the Chiefs trade down…well, just get ready for it because that may be part of the intrigue of the evening.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Imagine buying a ticket to watch the draft with Mitch at Arrowhead, getting a buzz off $8 beers and then after three hours and four bathroom runs the Chiefs trade their first-round pick for a second and a fourth. Maybe they’ll hand out Dexter McCluster jerseys to those who stick around.
“Believe me – I’ve heard NOTHING inside the fort about trading players. Not Berry. Not Flowers.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Mitch is so corny. The “fort?” The word alone reminds me of F Troop, an old-time TV comedy Mitch would not even have had to act to be cast as a character.
“The number-one top dinosaur; Chris Berman. Prepare to watch a lot of Chris Berman tonight.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
“I won’t know what Chris Berman says because I won’t watch any of that crap. I’ll be watching the NFL Network.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Berman is younger than I am – which really makes me wonder about my cognitive state. Why does ESPN seem to have so much trouble letting go of these guys who have become caricatures of themselves?
“I honestly feel that I could fit into any system or position if given the right tools and instruction. I’ve always been confident. At every level, I’ve always excelled and I look forward to having the opportunity to prove that I can do so at the next level. This isn’t my first rodeo, it’s just a bigger stage.”
Kony Ealy, the former Missouri defensive end, when asked what makes him confident he will thrive in the NFL, Kansas City Star
GH: Some scouts are not as high on Ealy as he is on himself. Read on.
“He thinks he’s already an Aldon Smith-type player. Classic con man. I don’t trust this kid. He will be just a big pain in the (expletive). He’s one of those ‘let somebody else draft him’ guys.”
Unnamed NFL Scout #3, on the Missouri defensive end, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“There’s no outstanding traits about him other than he gives you some versatility in a bad (defensive-line) draft. He’s a mess. Somebody’s going to draft him because they need a defensive end and overdraft him.”
Unnamed NFL Scout #4, on the Missouri defensive end, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GH: He’s a mess? I hope Ealy is reading this and uses it as motivation. It will be interesting to see if the scouts are right about the kid from New Madrid, MO.
“I just want to be a part of something different. Why not change it up? … I’m going to try to carry my name as far as I can. I’ll have a new hit for you too. Stay tuned. It’s going to come.”
Jadeveon Clowney, explaining who he signed with Puma, ESPN.com
GH: Puma and adidas were the two big shoe companies when I was in high school. I was an adidas guy and my friend Larry was an avowed Puma guy. I didn’t even know Puma was still making shoes. Maybe the Nehru jacket is on the way back as well.
“Puma gave Jadeveon Clowney a $2,500 custom pair of snake skin shoes tonight “ Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter GH: Who doesn’t need a pair of those?
“Word’s spreading among media here (in Houston) that Manziel is going to Jacksonville at 3.”
John McClain, sports columnist for Houston Chronicle, @McClain_on_NFL, Twitter
GH: Clowney has let it be known he is confident that Houston will take him with the first overall pick. But can you imagine what it will do to the Houston fan base if the Texans take the home-state kid, Manziel?
“After months grinding, I can say Johnny Manziel is the most intriguing draft day question mark since Randy Moss. So many NFL teams engaged.”
Charles Robinson, @CharlesRobinson, NFL writer for YahooSports, Twitter
GH: I remember listening to Johnny Renshaw’s show the day Randy Moss kept dropping in the 1998 draft. The Marshall wide-receiver fell to the Vikings with the 21st pick. The Chiefs picked 27th that year and took Victor Riley, an offensive tackle out of Auburn. Yippee.
“We’re starting to hit our stride a little bit.”
Ned Yost, after the Royals won their second straight game in San Diego, 810 AM GH: Ned is easily impressed…unless you are asking him a question.
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