2022 NFL Draft: The Best, Worst, and Most Surprising Across 20 Categories Including Favorite Fits, Picks, Classes, and Trades, Plus Top Rookie Predictions | ESPN
What was the best value pick in Round 5?
Miller: The Chiefs had success in the 2021 draft by taking advantage of private offensive line coach Duke Manyweather’s clients when they added Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith. Both would start every game for the team.
This year, they went back to that well and added Kentucky offensive lineman Darian Kinnard at No. 145. Kinnard’s length and power make him an ideal right tackle, an area in which the Chiefs, unsurprisingly, , they’re looking for a Day 1 starter. Rarely do we put those expectations on a fifth round, but Kinnard has that potential.
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3 – BOSSES
Trading Tyreek Hill changes things on offense, but they’ll be back in the mix thanks to Patrick Mahomes. They also added some good defensive pieces in the draft.
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3 – Jorge Karlaftis
Kansas City Chiefs
Written up: No. 30 overall
Karlaftis will have an even better career than his draft position foreshadows, due to his solid base, excellent hand usage and uninterrupted motor. He may not be the most “flexible” forward, but power and effort are crucial attributes for rushing the quarterback in the NFL. I drafted him to Kansas City in my first four-round mock draft because of the great need for him at the position, and the fact that his game reminds me of former boss Jared Allen.
Brett Veach is the king of position group reconstruction | arrowhead report
Over the course of the 2021 season, it became abundantly clear that the Chiefs’ receiving corps was not up to the task. Behind superstar receiver Tyreek Hill, no one was separated from the pack on or off the field. On the defensive side of the ball, it was well known that cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes, as well as safeties Tyrann Mathieu, Daniel Sorensen and Armani Watts, were poised to hit the open market. Instead of trying to fix what he already had, Veach went back to the drawing board like he did the year before.
As a wide receiver, the Chiefs allowed Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle to sign elsewhere as free agents. Veach then traded Hill to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a bunch of draft picks, giving the team a reshuffling avenue while maintaining even more flexibility under the salary cap. Through free agency, the Chiefs added slots receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and speedster Márquez Valdés-Scantling. In the April draft, Kansas City selected West Michigan star Skyy Moore with the 54th overall pick.
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4. Adds another tall, long corner to the Chiefs’ secondary.
Johnson is 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds, making him the third-tallest cornerback currently on the list. It’s not just about height, as Johnson also has 32 5/8-inch long arms. Here’s what NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote about Johnson during the pre-draft process in 2019:
“Long and tall with physical traits in abundance… Exceptional size for the position.”
His addition continues a recent Kansas City trend of acquiring longer borderline defenders, as the only cornerbacks taller than Johnson currently on the list are rookies Joshua Williams (6-foot-3) and Jaylen Watson (6-foot-3). By comparison, only two corners (L’Jarius Sneed and Charvarius Ward, both 6-foot-1) logged snaps for the Chiefs last season at 6-foot-0 or taller. Kansas City didn’t have any cornerbacks who were 6-foot-2 or taller last season, and now they employ three.
5 most competitive position groups on the Chiefs’ 90-man offseason roster | wire heads
Ju Ju Smith-Schuster
This is easily the most competitive position group in Kansas City with potentially two spots up for grabs. You have five carryovers from last year (Gordon, Fountain, Powell, Dieter and Finke). You have a bunch of reserve/future types (Bayless, Sexton, Watson and Jennings). You have a former first-round draft pick looking to rekindle his career at Coleman. You have Ross, who has first-round talent, but serious medical issues. I can look at this in several ways, but before Ross’ signature, I predicted that Fountain and Coleman would be the two to do it..
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Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill sought therapy after playoff loss, says it’s not his job to mentor rookie Malik Willis | ESPN
The Titans’ rookies haven’t reported yet, but when they do, quarterback Malik Willis, a third-round pick in last week’s draft, will be among those first-year players.
Tannehill said the Titans didn’t notify him that they would select Willis with the 86th pick, though he said he texted him shortly after the team made the selection. The veteran quarterback said he understands how the league works and welcomes the competition.
“I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him,” Tannehill said. “But if he learns from me along the way, that’s a great thing.”
Texans HC Lovie Smith’s plan for Derek Stingley Jr.: ‘Take on the No. 1 receiver of all opponents’ | NFL.com
The Houston Texans saw it differently when they selected LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
What was the plan? Well, as Texans head coach Lovie Smith told Stingley, the No. 3 pick should face the No. 1 receiver of all opponents.
Smith told his rookie defensive back just before Stingley was drafted in a moment captured by NFL Films.
Source: Atlanta Falcons star DT Grady Jarrett reaches three-year extension worth up to $51 million | ESPN
The club agreed to a three-year extension with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett on Tuesday that is worth up to $17 million per year in new money and $51 million in total for the extension if he reaches certain incentives, a source confirmed to ESPN. The extension includes $34.5 million guaranteed.
Jarrett is now signed through the 2025 season for a total value of $67 million, including money he was scheduled to earn in 2022.
News of the terms of the deal was first reported by WSB-TV in Atlanta. The Falcons confirmed that Jarrett agreed to a three-year extension, but did not disclose the financial terms.
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Chiefs GM Brett Veach on Melvin Ingram: ‘We’d love to have him back’
On Tuesday, Veach described how the Chiefs made the decision to use the UFA tag.
“Well, that’s something our (vice president of football operations) cap guys Brandt Tillis and Chris Shea do a good job of,” Veach said. “It was an idea or concept that we talked about maybe a week or two before the draft as a possibility. And so we decided to do that.
“Position-wise, it’s always a little bit different and unique with these veteran guys. Melvin is a guy who has played a lot of football, has accomplished a lot and I don’t think he’s in a hurry. We knew when free agency started, he wouldn’t be in a hurry. He would take his time.
Up to this point in the offseason, Ingram’s only visit has been in the Miami Dolphins. As the Chiefs seemed to hope, the visit did not lead to a deal.
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