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Inside linebacker: Here’s another position where the Chiefs have a building block (in this case, Derrick Johnson) and some questions otherwise. Also, just like at running back, positional value would suggest inside linebacker is more likely to be addressed on the second or third day of the draft.

Outside linebacker: The Chiefs are set here entering 2013 with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. However, they need to begin preparing for the future at the position. Hali has been productive (62.5 sacks) and dependable (two missed games in seven seasons), but he will be 30 in November. He has two years left on his deal, as does Houston — who comes off a 10-sack season in 2012 and figures to garner a big-time second contract, considering the value of pass rushers. The Chiefs might want to add a mid-round prospect and groom him for 2015. You can never have enough pass-rush help.

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Personally, I’m not buying this.

The Cheifs need a lot of help on their roster, but a rush linebacker is not one of those positions that is a top priority.

It would make much more sense for the team to focus on improving their offensive or defensive line. Jordan would do nothing to improve those positions.

Jordan is an exceptional pass rusher and he can cover the slot, but for Kansas City to use their No. 1 pick he would need to be an impact player and starter immediately. He would need to be a player that drastically improves their roster. With Jordan, that doesn’t happen.

The Kansas City’s cornerbacks are currently led by Brandon Flowers. Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown saw a lot of playing time last year, and could be part of the team by the time the Chiefs form their 53-man roster after training camp.

The Chiefs also have Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis as projected starters at the safety positions next year.

As always, teams will need their players to stay healthy. But in 2013, it is crucial that the defensive backs in Kansas City avoid missing games due to injuries and suspensions.

Bleacher Report

Potential number one overall pick Luke Joeckel sat down with The Sports Network’s John McMullen to talk about the NFL Draft and how he’s gotten to this point in his career. McMullen asked about the possibility of going number one overall to the Chiefs and this is what Joeckel had to say.

“It would be really cool. A dream come true,” Joeckel said. “But the way I’m just looking at tit, I want to get there. I am definitely striving to be the No. 1 pick, going through this entire process. But my dream is to just play in the NFL.”

I’m supposing that the true “dream come true” is the paycheck that comes with being the number one overall picks, but I’ll avoid the cynicism and wish the kid the best in the draft with the hopes that the Chiefs decide to go elsewhere.

KC Kingdom

“Confidently speaking, I believed I could play in the NBA,” said Gonzalez, who averaged seven points and five rebounds at the University of California. “I’d be like a 6-5 power forward. Granted, there had been only one who had done it successfully and that was Charles Barkley.”

Gonzalez, who was a little rusty, played 29 minutes and had 11 rebounds and three points. His team was winning, and he felt vindication.

“Coaches told me, ‘If you want to play this game for a living, you could do it,’” Gonzalez said. “They then wondered why I’d do it since I was playing football so well.”

Heat assistant coach Stan Van Gundy, who was coaching the summer games, said: “If we were flat-out playing, with no other objective than to win, he would be playing [a lot], based on what he showed tonight.”


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  • krayfish

    I realize Tamba is a fan favorite but anyone who thinks he has been a steady productive player is delusional. All anyone has to do is put their opinions in their pocket and simply look up our sack numbers since Hali has been our leading pass rusher…..we have hit historically low sacks consistently. There is no way when we finished again last year at the bottom of the league with only 27.0 sacks as opposed to JJ Watt who had 20.5 all by himself that anyone can make a case for Hali being a great contributor. He’s below average….not in opinion….in stats…those are facts not wishes or pipe dreams..his horrible stats all but one season do not give any reason to think this guy can get it done…we need a pass rush.

    • shayaan

      while i agree we clearly need more pass rush, scapegoating hali and using our team’s struggles as a knock against him is a very weak argument. team sack numbers have a lot more to do with scheme and overall team performance (including the offense) than any individual player. chris long led the rams with 11.5 sacks (2.5 more than hali, who played one less game), yet his team led the NFL with 52 sacks on the year. demarcus ware also notched 11.5 sacks to lead the cowboys, yet they totaled 34 sacks all year.

      the chiefs faced less pass attempts than any defense in the NFL last year, and as we all know played from behind for nearly the entire season. few pass rushers would thrive in that setting, and the fact that houston and hali were still productive is a testament to the competitors and players they are. in 2010 – the only year in recent history that we fielded a decent offense and led/won games often – we were 12th in the league with 38 sacks, and hali had his most productive season with 14.5 sacks. (sidenote: he also managed 12 in 2011, so your claim that he has “horrible stats all but one season” is off the mark)

      better defensive scheming, more creative blitz packages, help from someone other than hali and houston (dion jordan, please), and an offense that can keep games competitive are the answers to our team pass rush woes – not replacing a player who has more sacks than clay matthews over the last three seasons.

    • micah stephenson

      Tamba is our best defender period. Even when he aint get n the sacks, he is hit n the QB, right there n his face scaring the QB. The offense must acount for Tamba on every play. Tamba is an Animal! It wud help if any of our Dline wud pitch in on sacks. Mayby Poe will. Our DEs prolly wont.