Coffee with the Chiefs – 4/24 edition


It’s Friday, which means, as you are reading this, there is likely a big, cheesy grin plastered across your face. Good for you, you’ve earned it. Then again, if you are reading this in your office, maybe you haven’t. Either way, who cares? The paycheck is coming. While you wait to skip to the bank, here’s the latest Kansas City Chiefs news.

Donald Stephenson faces crucial seasonAdam Teicher of

"Stephenson can’t waste this chance. It might be the last one he gets with his hometown team. His contract is up at the end of the season and given the Chiefs’ recent history in allowing their own offensive linemen to leave through free agency, it isn’t wise to count on him returning in 2016."

Predicting all 10 Kansas City draft picksFrank Cooney of

"General manager John Dorsey faces tough sledding as he tries to build a roster that had a lot of holes left behind from fired G.M. Scott Pioli. From Pioli’s last three drafts in Kansas City (2010-12), there are only nine of 24 players still with the organization and six are starters, or 25 percent."

Chiefs scouting report: Ben Heeney Michael Tavis of KC Kingdom

"With ten picks in the draft there are several areas the Chiefs should be able to target and improve on. Value can be found in the mid and late rounds of the draft too and the Kansas City Chiefs should seriously consider targeting an inside linebacker at some point, and if they haven’t drafted one by the fourth round then there just may be a local college kid waiting for his name to be called."

Little-known corner could be good fit in K.C. come draft dayDan Schmelzer of NFL Spin Zone

"Having another talented cornerback option on the roster would be highly beneficial for the Chiefs in the early going, as they should expect to be without Smith. On top of that, both Smith and Fleming are set to become free agents after the 2015 seasons. While pass defense was a strength in 2014, it could quickly become an issue if the Chiefs ignore the cornerback position in this draft."

Chiefs’ strength and conditioning coach in midseason formBJ Kissel of

"The commitment by the players coming to the offseason workouts in a good spot physically should be expected of a team looking to build upon the franchise’s first back-to-back winning seasons in almost a decade."