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DeQuan Menzie doesn’t have the notoriety or skill set of Alabama teammate Dre Kirkpatrick but he is still a good player in his own right. He is a quicker than fast type who will start off as probably the Chiefs 4th corner. Getting Cyrus Gray and Junior Hemingway late were steals. Gray is a good complementary back with hands, speed and vision. Hemingway is an explosive big receiver with hands and speed. If he had played at a school with a strong passing attack he would have been drafted much higher. I thought he was a 3rd to 4th round talent.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the club has made changes in its personnel department. Jim Nagy was promoted from regional scout to national scout. The club has hired former Patriots national scout Kyle O’Brien to serve as one of the team’s regional scouts. Additionally, Chiefs scouting assistant Ryne Nutt has been elevated to area scout.

Drawing on my experience during my time in Kansas City working in the scouting and coaching departments with the Chiefs, I can distinctly remember rookies showing up for what amounted to their first days on the job. Having seen a lot of film on each player from their college careers, I was anxious to see what each offered when viewed in person on the practice field.

It wasn’t uncommon during rookie minicamp for a receiver to make an impressive catch or for a linebacker to break on a pass and snare an interception. Those types of plays make you want to project what sort of pro a rookie will become, but that’s not what rookie minicamp is all about.

“Basically come in, work hard, and come in with the mindset that you want to learn and get better every day”, says Albert. “You’re going to have your struggles here and there and you’re going to go through hard times, you’re going to hit a rookie wall but keep fighting and go to the right people for the right advice and keep striving to be the best player you can be.”

But more than just helping to nurture along a young group of lineman, Albert says he is feeling more comfortable in his own skin. So much so in fact that Albert says he gets more freedom when it comes to making decisions on his playing weight.

“Now I’m so comfortable with myself and being the player that I am that I can dictate where {my weight should} be, where I want to be. I think this year, I feel like I want to play a little bit lighter just because of being older and as you get old, things start to creek and start hurting a little bit.”

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