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2012 Draft Review for Kansas City Chiefs

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In 2012 kcyoungguns had Michael Rose Ivey write a review on what he thought about the Chiefs 2012 NFL draft. He is back with kcyoungguns.com to give take on how the Chiefs 2012 picks panned out. Here is the link for what he wrote in 2o12. reference. https://kcyoungguns.com/2015/05/04/rating-the-2012-chiefs-draft/

Dontari Poe DT Memphis Round 1

  • Dontari Poe’s biggest negative coming out of college was that lack of production that did not match his incredible combine numbers. However, there has not been any knock on Poe since entering the NFL. Widely considered the best 3-4 Nose Tackle in the NFL, Poe has not only been dominant but consistently on the field. At 345-pounds, Poe led all defensive players in percentage of snaps played with 95% this past year. An incredible feat for a man his size who is double and sometimes triple teamed in the Chiefs 3-4 scheme. His production has definitely justified the Chiefs high selection of Poe, as he looks to be the anchor of this defense for years to come.

Jeff Allen OG Illinois Second round pick

  • Jeff Allen has been a consistent piece in the revolving offensive line of the Chiefs. Allen has displayed his versatility since becoming a member of the Chiefs. Originally drafted as a OT, the third-year offensive linemen has played in 31 games (27 starts) at the left guard position. He did miss a lot of the season last year with a a torn bicep tendon but looks to be healthy and start at guard.

Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma Third round pick

  • The Kansas City native has given a surprise amount for production in his three years with the Chiefs. He has done well in his limited starting action, but looks to take on a full starting role at left tackle. The belief in Stephenson’s ability to be a solid starter is evident in the Chiefs allowing former LT Branden Albert to walk away in free agency in 2014. This will be a big year for Stephenson as the job seems to be his to lose.

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Devon Wylie WR Fresno State Round 4

  • Devon Wylie never flourished with the Chiefs but was not really expected to make a big impact. With a lot of other needs at the time, many questioned this selection. However, Wylie did appear in six games his rookie year, catching 6 passes for 53 yards along with occasionally being used as a kickoff and punt returner. Wylie has been a league journey man and is currently a free agent.

De’Quan Menzie Alabama Round 5

  • Menzie unfortunately never played for the Chiefs and is currently retired. Menzie is just another Alabama defensive player who may have been a product of a quality system under Nick Saban.

Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Round 6

  • Gray was productive coming out of Texas A&M and was thought to be a quality addition to the roster as a sixth round pick. Unfortunately, Gray has been stuck at third string behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. There has been little opportunity for Gray thus far, but he provides quality depth behind Charles and Davis

Jerome Long DT San Diego State Round 7

  • Like many other seventh round picks, Long has had a tough time sticking with a team. Long was cut by the Chiefs and then claimed off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently a free agent.

Junior Hemingway WR Michigan Round 7 Pick 31

  • Junior Hemingway is quite a surprise and even a paradox in the NFL. As a second to last pick int the draft, Hemingway has seen action and even provided a little production at the WR spot. Hemingway has two touchdown receptions to go along with 233 yards on 25 receptions. Hemingway will be a backup again but he has proven to be reliable when counted upon.

2012 NFL Draft - First Round

Standout: Dontari Poe NT

  • Poe could even be considered the biggest surprise in the draft. A lot of people who prefer film over combine stats had more negatives than positives to say about Poe’s game at Memphis. However since coming to Kansas City, Poe has been nothing but dominant and will continue to be a staple in the Chiefs defense.

Bust: Devon Wylie

  • For a 4th round pick, you would expect a little bit more production from Wylie but in his defense he was drafted higher than his value.

Biggest Surprise: Junior Hemingway

  • Not much expected from the seventh round pick, but Hemingway has been productive in his limited role with the Chiefs.

Michael Rose Ivey

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A Manic Monday

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A Monday afternoon in Kansas City is normally nothing special. People are at work and kids are at school, typically a slow day for Kansas Citians. March 4th was anything but a normal Monday for Kansas City. The Kansas City Chiefs resigned punter Dustin Colquitt and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert.

Colquitt’s five year, $18.75 million deal with $8.9 million guaranteed, has made him the highest-paid punter in the NFL. Throughout his eight year career, Colquitt has punted the ball 657 times with an average of 44.7 yards per punt. 250 of these punts have pinned opponents inside the twenty yard line. He also attended the Pro Bowl last season for the first time in his career.

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Dwayne Bowe will remain in Kansas City after agreeing to a five year deal worth $56 million with $26 million guaranteed. Although his performance last year was sub-par in terms of scoring, catching only three touchdowns, Bowe was still able to reel in 59 passes despite quarterback issues plaguing the Chiefs all season.  The Chiefs must be confident that their incoming quarterback, Alex Smith, will be able to help jumpstart Bowe’s performance from a lackluster last season to a renewed outbreak this year.
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Branden Albert will get a one year, fully guaranteed $9.8 million contract, and has the opportunity to work out a long-term deal with the Chiefs before July 15. In addition to his contract, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Albert, mere minutes before the assigned deadline.

With the franchise tag being placed on Albert, questions have been raised regarding the Chiefs first-overall pick of the 2013 draft. Left tackle Luke Joekel from Texas A&M seemed the easy pick, but with Albert staying, the Chiefs have new options open to them. They may go ahead and take Joekel, looking to move either him or other players around on the offensive line. Another option is to trade their pick, similar to the St. Louis Rams last year, and look to receive more picks to gain more development-needed players.

Any way you look at it, the Chiefs have made many much-needed changes this season, these contract-renewals being the most recent of their off-season cleaning. Will this new and improved Chiefs team’s gambles on a nearly entirely new system pay off? Only time will tell, as the start of the season is still an agonizing six months away.  The Chiefs’ first game is on September 8.

On a side note, the Chiefs released right tackle Eric Winston this week, who made headlines last season with his rant against Chiefs’ fans. Early since his release, other AFC West teams have shown interest in him, especially the Raiders. He is sure to find a much more mellow and accepting fan base awaiting him.

Michael Mayer

A Ravenous Victory

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And they lived happily ever after. The fairy tale story came true for Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens last night in Super Bowl XLVII, with a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens entered the playoffs coming off a losing streak, three of their last four games, and barely made postseason play. Then, just four days before their opening playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, Ray Lewis announced his retirement. The fans were shocked, the coaches sad to see a premier player leave the game, but it all came down to the players. They wanted to make Ray’s last season special. After a convincing 24-9 win against the Colts, the Ravens plowed through playoff competition to reach the Super Bowl, with a drive to win that all rested on making it the greatest of all going away parties.

The Ravens wasted no time, scoring on their first possession of the game, a 13 yard throw and catch from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin. The first half was dominated by the Ravens, scoring twice more after that, both on passes from Joe Flacco to Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones, respectively. The 49ers couldn’t get their offense started, only putting up six points in the first half. Rookie sensation Colin Kaepernick looked uncomfortable in the pocket to say the least, with shaky accuracy and an overthrown ball that was picked off by Ed Reed.

The second half looked to be the same, with Jacoby Jones returning the opening second half kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown. But then the electricity was sucked out of the building. Literally. A power issue in the Superdome cause the entire stadium to go dark, lit up only by auxiliary and emergency lights. This proved to hurt more than just the television views, in which watchers endured a gruelling 34 minutes of darkness until the lights began popping back on.

“It really hurt us. We had lot of momentum,” fullback Vonta Leach of the Ravens told CBS. “We were rolling. That 35- or 40-minute wait, whatever it was, hurt our momentum as far as what we were trying to do.”  The 49ers came back from the break with a vengeance, and the next three scores of the game, on a thirty-one yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree, a six yard touchdown run by Frank Gore, and thirty-four yard field goal from David Akers. And just like that at the end of the third quarter the score stood, still in favor of the Ravens, at 28-23.

After a fourth quarter field goal from Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker, the 49ers found themselves going for two, and the tie, after a fifteen yard touchdown run by Kaepernick. The two point conversion was halted by someone who could barely be seen running through the line of scrimmage to disrupt Kaepernick’s timing on the throw. Ravens’ safety Ed Reed blitzed on the play, and nearly sacked Kaepernick, but still forced an errant throw.

From that point on the Ravens’ took control and cruised to their second Super Bowl win.

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It was the perfect ending to the perfect story, an unlikely playoff run to the Super Bowl, a beatdown in the first half, and still the calm, collectedness to hold off the rising 49ers attack late in the game.

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens on their Super Bowl win, and a warm parting from Ray Lewis, one of the best linebackers in NFL history.

Mike Mayer

Freshman for Heisman?

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The 2012 College Football Finalists for the coveted Heisman Trophy were officially announced with the top three candidates being Texas A&M’s star freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel followed by Notre Dame’s senior powerhouse linebacker, Manti Te’o, and lastly, Kansas State’s standout senior quarterback, Collin Klein. Currently, Manziel surpasses any other finalist in total votes with 69, Te’o holds 57, and Klein holds 42. The three have had undoubtedly impressive seasons but I feel that the Freshman out of Texas A&M will be crowned the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

Johnny Manziel or commonly known as “Johnny Football”, Freshman, has been nothing but fun to watch this year. He has broken records and received many accomplishments that earn him the right to be known as the so called, “best player in college football”. He’s a dual threat quarterback on the field with his passing arm and his ability to quickly dash out of a collapsing pocket to gain a first down. This season ‘Johnny Football’ has a total of 3419 passing yards and 1181 rushing yards. He’s racked in a total of 43 touchdowns this season with 24 being in the air and 19 on foot, and in addition, he’s only had 8 interceptions. His completion percentage is 68.3% and on foot he averages 6.8 yards-per-carry. His stats are unarguable and prove him to be one of, if not, the top Quarterback in all of College Football this year.

This season he’s also had an array of record-breaking games and has earned many different accomplishments this season. In his second game in his college football career against Southern Methodist University, he broke Texas A&M’s Freshman passing record, and he did not stop there. The next week against South Carolina State he earned the SEC Freshman of the Week award, and the following week against Arkansas, he broke Texas A&M’s passing record, was awarded SEC Offensive player and Freshman of the week and he also broke Archie Manning’s 43 year-old total offense record. This game is what really got Maziel’s name on the nations radar and even with so much attention, he kept on chugging along to do

manziel-1more great feats. In week seven against Louisiana Tech, he broke the SEC total offense record, was awarded SEC Offensive and Freshman player of the Week, AT&T All-America Player of the Week, The Walter Camp Honor, and was the first player in SEC history with two 500+ yard games of total offense in a single season. In week eight against Auburn, he was awarded SEC Freshman Player of the week, and received the same award following week nine. Week ten was his biggest game of the season, as he lead Texas A&M into Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on the #1 ranked Crimson Tide, and came out with a shocking victory, snapping Alabama’s school record 29-game regular season win streak and stunning nearly all of the college football world. That week he was SEC offensive player of the week and Freshman of the week, AT&T All-America Player of the Week, and the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. In week eleven, against Sam Houston State he was awarded SEC Freshman of the Week and AT&T All-America Player of the Week. To close off the season in week twelve against Missouri he was awarded SEC Freshman of the Week. 

Johnny “Football” Manziel is a college player with outstanding talent and abilities in the game of Football. He is a two-time Walter Camp Player of the Week, three-time AT&T All-American Player of the Week, the first player since Florida’s Tim Tebow to rush for two touchdowns and to throw for two touchdowns five times in one season, and also, seven-time SEC Freshman Player of the week. His stats are unarguably outstanding and watching him play is exhilarating. He’s a Freshman out of Kerrville, Texas who has made his name in college football. I’m more than excited to see what he will do next year at Texas A&M and his stats prove that he will win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

Sam Holland

NFL Mid-Season Updates

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IM BACK. Sports are on and I’m settled in at college. Quick thing to gnaw on during your day, if the Royals were in the playoffs, Jeremy Guthrie would be pitching game one. Other teams in the playoffs would be throwing out there pitchers such as Justin Verlander or C.C. Sabathia. On another note, The Chiefs have created no story lines except for “what are they doing?” The NFL has many story lines like usual. One that stands out is who is dominant. Which team is the favorite for the Super Bowl? It’s not the Patriots or Packers like it has been in recent years. Many thought it may be the Ravens but with recent injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, their hopes are in question. Most people view the Ray Lewis injury as more detrimental. They are wrong. Lardarius Webb was playing at such a high level that he climbed into the top five rankings for cornerbacks.

There are two teams that are currently on top of the NFL. While they may not remain there, they are the best so far. I once thought the Jets would be a sleeper team because of their defense but injuries and some guy named Mark Sanchez has destroyed their season. My other sleeper was the depressing Chiefs. The Chiefs were coming off an injury-plagued season. Jamaal Charles is now healthy and running the football effectively, but the same problem that plagued the Jets are plaguing the Chiefs; quarterback play. Quarterback play is becoming more important in the NFL than it ever has been. Yet the two best teams in the NFL have quarterbacks that are not relied on heavily. These two teams use all the weapons they have to be successful.

1.     Atlanta Falcons 6-0

 

The Falcons, led by Matt “Ice” Ryan, are currently the only undefeated team in the NFL at 6-0. The offense has been the best phase of the game for the Falcons. While they are undefeated, they still struggle in numerous categories, mainly rush defense. They currently rank 27 in the NFL for rush defense. The Falcons also struggle on the ground offensively where they stand at 25. They have played an extremely easy schedule so far in which the 3-3 Denver Broncos have been the most difficult opponent. The schedule will increase in difficulty immensely over the next few weeks when they play the Eagles, Cowboys, and Saints.

2.     Houston Texans 6-1

As of right now, I personally think the Texans are the best team in the NFL. They have a strong defense in spite the fact that they lost their leader, Brian Cushing. Also, the offense is a balanced attack with weapons such as Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. The offensive line is the most dominant, shown by their rushing numbers. The defense ranks 7th in rushing and 8th in pass defense. The biggest impact player this season has been J.J. Watt. Watt swats everything. If he is not sacking the quarterback (9.5, leading the NFL) then he is swatting the pass down (10). He has been a nightmare for opposing offensive lines because of how he rushes the quarterback. He is not an outside speed rusher like most players who, in the past, have led the NFL in sacks. He comes from the middle and wreaks havoc on nearly every play.

Spencer Montgomery