Player News - Chiefs

Date: Team: Pos:

Chiefs exercised LT Eric Fisher's fifth-year option for 2017.

The option is worth $11.9 million. Despite being the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, it was not a slam dunk decision for the Chiefs to activate Fisher's option. Fisher has struggled throughout his career and performed only marginally better when moved from right to left tackle last season. It is not a given he ever develops into an above-average starter. With the option guaranteed for injury only, it is still possible Fisher is not with Kansas City in 2017.
May 2 - 12:15 PM

Chiefs signed Florida State LB Terrance Smith.

Smith (6'3/235) made 29 starts for the Seminoles, compiling 13 career tackles for loss, three sacks, and three forced fumbles. Smith earned second-team All-ACC in 2014 before battling a senior-year ankle injury that cost him four games. He showed passable athleticism in Indy, running 4.77 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Smith looks good on the hoof, but he missed 24 tackles over his final two college seasons and wasn't an impact player in the ACC. He's a long shot to become a successful pro.
May 1 - 10:57 AM

Chiefs signed BYU WR Mitch Mathews.

Mathews (6'6/222) started two-plus seasons for the Cougars, parlaying 152 career catches into 2,083 yards (13.7 YPR) and 24 touchdowns. A superb athlete for his size, Mathews clocked 4.49 at BYU's Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump. Mathews is old for a rookie after going on a three-year Mormon mission before college, but he's flier worthy as a height-weight-speed prospect.
Apr 30 - 7:03 PM

Chiefs selected Virginia tech OLB Dadi Nicolas with the No. 203 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Nicolas (6'3/235) made 26 starts for the Hokies, earning second-team All-ACC as both a junior and senior despite playing 2015 with a broken hand. He finished his career with 36 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Nicolas had a hit-or-miss Combine, registering an absurd 41-inch vertical but running 4.74 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. An undersized college end with fantastic length (35 1/4-inch arms), Nicolas' future is at outside linebacker and on special teams. On defense, Nicolas' best NFL role may be in usage similar to Bruce Irvin's with Seattle.
Apr 30 - 4:53 PM

Chiefs selected Georgia Tech CB D.J. White with the No. 178 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

White (5'11/193) made 34 starts for the Yellow Jackets, tallying five career forced fumbles and seven interceptions. He helped himself at the Combine, showing explosiveness in the forty (4.49) and broad jump (11') and pumping 225 pounds 17 times. Although White was not a decorated player in the ACC, he is a disruptive and aggressive cover man with potential to man both the slot and boundary. White is a sneaky bet to develop into a quality No. 3 corner.
Apr 30 - 3:46 PM

Chiefs selected West Alabama WR Tyreek Hill with the No. 165 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

If we're being honest, we don't know much about the lad. Standing in at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Hill was originally a running back. He got kicked off the team at Oklahoma State after being charged with domestic violence, ending up at Division II West Alabama. He's under-sized in the Tavon Austin mold. He'll start out on special teams in Kansas City if he can crack the 53-man roster.
Apr 30 - 3:18 PM

Chiefs selected Stanford QB Kevin Hogan with the No. 162 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Hogan (6'3/218) started 3 1/2 years for the Cardinal, posting a 36-10 career record with a 65.8% completion rate, 8.51 YPA, and 75:29 TD-to-INT ratio. He ran 4.78 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. A "push passer" with an awkward release, Hogan has mediocre arm strength and was primarily used as a game manager at Stanford. He showed a tendency to panic and play too fast under pressure, scrambling around like a poor man's Jeff Garcia. Hogan is intelligent (Wonderlic of 38) with a gym-rat work ethic, but physical limitations will likely cap his ceiling at NFL backup. He will open his career behind Alex Smith and the winner of the Aaron Murray-Tyler Bray camp battle.
Apr 30 - 3:06 PM

Chiefs selected Florida WR Demarcus Robinson with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'1/203) spent three years with the Gators before going pro, totaling a 106-1,355-9 (12.8 YPR) receiving line across 20 starts. He led the Gators in catches in each of his final two seasons. Robinson's Combine workout disappointed, running 4.59 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. The nephew of ex-Bears and Vikings WR Marcus Robinson, Demarcus was suspended four times in college, lacks route-running polish, and isn't quite the athlete he was billed to be. Albeit an exciting college player, Robinson probably has a third-receiver ceiling in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 1:33 PM

Chiefs selected Minnesota CB Eric Murray with the No. 106 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Murray (5'11/199) was a 39-game starter for the Gophers, wrapping his career with seven tackles for loss and two INTs while earning third-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Although he wasn't a decorated collegiate, Murray hinted at a higher ceiling than his resume suggests by clocking 4.49 with a 39 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump in Indy. A technically-sound, high-character prospect with special teams experience, Murray has a chance to become a Bene Benwikere type.
Apr 30 - 12:35 PM

Chiefs selected Cincinnati OG Parker Ehinger with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Ehinger (6'6/310) started all four seasons for the Bearcats, manning right tackle as a freshman, right guard as a sophomore and junior and left tackle as a senior. He earned first-team All-American Conference in each of his final two college seasons. Ehinger has an offensive tackle's body, but guard arm length (32 3/8") and movement skills. And he doesn't run block well enough to man the interior. His ceiling is probably a versatile guard-tackle reserve.
Apr 30 - 12:32 PM

Chiefs selected Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell with the No. 74 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Russell (5'11/192) started three seasons for the Irish, amassing seven career tackles for loss and five interceptions. A solid-not-spectacular college player, Russell's stock received a jolt when he ran 4.49 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot-2 broad jump at Notre Dame's Pro Day. That was despite Russell breaking his right tibia last November. Russell's combination of adequate size and high-end athleticism make him worthy of a multi-year NFL look. He's a press-man corner with some big-league traits.
Apr 29 - 10:11 PM

Chiefs selected Mississippi State DE Chris Jones with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Jones (6'6/310) was a five-star recruit who spent three seasons at Mississippi State, tallying 18 tackles for loss with 8.5 sacks and nine batted passes as a 16-game starter. He played both end and tackle for the Bulldogs and is scheme versatile, able to handle five, one, and three technique. In 2015, Jones earned College Football Focus' highest pass-rush grade among draft-eligible SEC linemen. Not yet 22 years old, Jones is an immense-upside prospect with down-to-down effort and consistency concerns. He could end up as an annual Pro Bowler, or frustrate as an underachiever. In Kansas City, Jones will start out working in a rotation with Jaye Howard, Allen Bailey, and Dontari Poe.
Apr 29 - 7:37 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Chiefs are shopping RB/KR Knile Davis.

Jamaal Charles is still the Chiefs' workhorse while Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware agreed to extensions this offseason, leaving Davis as the odd man out. Davis has underwhelmed in his first three seasons, averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry on 232 career rushing attempts. He's fared better as a return specialist, finishing 10th in kick return average last season (25.1 yards per attempt). The Dolphins reportedly showed interest in an unnamed Chiefs running back last month. We're guessing those talks were centered on Davis.
Apr 27 - 5:26 PM

Chiefs signed WR Mike Williams, formerly of the Buccaneers.

Drafted in the fourth round out of Syracuse in 2010, Williams caught 23 touchdowns in his first three seasons before injuries and off-field issues torpedoed his career. He got back in shape recently, working out for the Patriots, Bengals, and Kansas City since last season ended. Turning 29 in May, Williams is worth a look for a Chiefs offense short on big, physical receivers.
Apr 25 - 4:00 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey has yet to decide whether to pick up LT Eric Fisher's fifth-year option.

Dorsey said his focus is on the draft, so he will deal with Fisher's option after. Fisher has struggled since being taken No. 1 overall in 2013, but he showed signs of life last season. Considering the option is guaranteed for injury only, it would be a mild surprise if the Chiefs did not pick it up.
Apr 23 - 9:33 AM


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