DORSEY OPENING STATEMENT: "Good evening everybody. Normally, we kind of do this and end it with a conference call, like a recap of this. I've felt that you guys might have some questions with regards to certain players that we drafted. I first want to start with this is a good draft class, and these are good people within this draft class. I believe Coach (Andy) Reid is on the other line as well, so with that – I will take your questions."
Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital‐Journal): What went into the thought process with Tyreek Hill and evaluating him and drafting him given his background?
DORSEY: "That's understandable. I want you all to understand one thing, as an organization there are certain things that we value within this organization. I just want everybody to understand that we have done our due diligence with regards to fully vetting each one of our draft class members, and with this case, we've done that. I think everybody at the end of the day with this community would understand one thing – we would never put anybody in this community in harm's way."
Teope: How much interaction did you have to have with Clark Hunt before making this selection?
DORSEY: "We sat down and had long discussions about this at the end of the day. As we vetted this process through, we all felt it was good. Coach Reid – you might want to address this as well as in terms of how detailed we went into that because you and I had some long conversations as well."
REID: "Yeah, so Herbie, I would tell you that and listen, I'm a coach. (John) Dorsey does the personnel stuff. He's done his homework here. There has to be a certain trust here. There are just things that we can't go into and go through. We want people to understand that. Like Dorsey said, we aren't going to do anything to put this community or organization in a bind. We have uncovered every possible stone that we possibly could, and we feel very comfortable with that part of it. We do understand the sensitivity of it – with people in the community and so forth. Clark (Hunt) feels that same feeling. Like I said, we just ask that there is a certain trust that you know every situation is different, that we explore every situation and we make sure to try and find every detail that we possibly can on the situation before we even make a move like we made here with Tyreek."
Teope: Part of his probation to my understanding are anger management courses for three years. What kind of support system do the Chiefs have in play to ensure the anger management courses?
REID: "So, he has been doing counseling. The bottom line here is you got to be heading in the right direction, and I think we all understand that. Before you are given the opportunity for a second chance, you better be doing the right things. So, he's been counseling, he will continue to be in counseling. We have a great support system here for that, with quality people. We feel good that he is trying to right a wrong – a big wrong. It is a big wrong, but he is trying to do better and be a better person for it. That part, we feel very confident in."
Tod Palmer (Kansas City Star): What did he specifically say or do that convinces you that he really has changed and the community isn't in harm?
DORSEY: "We have done all of our due diligences – we really have. I will say this right off the bat, I have young children, I have a girl, and I have a boy. I would hope that somebody in my seat did as much work as I could, I would be happy with that. I know that I would never put this community in any type of situation where it would not be good and we've done that. I would like to ask for you guys to just have a little bit of trust in us in this thing."
REID: "One thing I would like to add into that John is that my wife and I have been hugely involved in domestic violence. It's been an awesome, awesome venture for the last 14 years. The unique part in this, and I think the part we have to understand and is very seldom – does the other side try to right the wrong. However, you want to divide it – try and right the wrong. So much effort, the Hope House and different programs in the city here that are involved in this strive to try and get that other half to better themselves. That's where we see this kid try and do that. He's trying to make this effort to right the wrong. I think that can be a great example to so many people that have fallen into this situation. Again, I have seen a number of these cases. You have to trust me over time here."
DORSEY: "As you sat there and listened to Andy talking those words, you can see that this really is, for this organization, this is one of those things. We don't take this very lightly. And I just want you all to understand, we will do everything we can to ensure that this community does not have these types of situations. We're not going to bring this in this community, we will not do that."
TJ Carpenter (810 WHB): Clark Hunt talked about being a representative of the community and how important character is to him.
DORSEY: "I love this, this is my community too and I love this place."
Ryan Marshall (KSHB): Did you bring Hill in because you think so many of the guys in the locker room can be a big brother to him?
DORSEY: "We have a very good locker room and we've said that all along. And part of that culture here is bringing in people within this locker room. These older veterans, they will help and mold and build these young men. We have quality coaches and leadership within this organization. And Coach has mentioned that (Hill) has had counseling and he will continue to have counseling."
Carpenter: So you guys feel like he will be a good representative?
DORSEY: "I do, I do."
Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star): You've talked about bringing in character guys to the team.
DORSEY: "This is how I feel – listen to me. This is not about touchdowns, this is not about football, I understand it's about people and lives and communities, I understand that. And that's why I want you all to realize one thing – we have done a lot of research within this thing. And that's where I'm coming from as the man and the person. That's where I'm coming from."
Paylor: Are you guys trying to say that there's more to his story than is out there or that he's done that and he's trying to right the wrong?
DORSEY: "He's trying to right the wrong, he's trying to do it and he's trying to address that. We thought it was important enough to kind of sit here and talk to you all today."
Paylor: How do you square the character risks away from this draft class and the message you're trying to send?
DORSEY: "We're trying to build a family thing here and I understand that. We do a lot of research with regards to character, we put a great emphasis on character. Because we think, not only is that important within that locker room, it's also important within this community as well because I think character, that's a building block of that locker room right there."
BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com): Coming into the draft, was cornerback an area that you felt like you were going to come in and take multiple guys?
DORSEY: "You know, all along we felt that if we could address the defensive back position – get two or three players – we were fortunate enough to get three of these players. We happened to get one in day (two). With Eric Murray, what he has is he does play corner. He could play a little bit of swing inside safety, but what he is is he's a really good special teams player. So he's going to add to that core depth and backup position as well. And then you go into D.J. White, D.J. White one of those guys that Coach Reid likes to say has grit. He's incredibly smart, he's driven, he's talented and it's going to be really hard to run this guy off because he's going to come to work every day. I thought we have really, three high‐quality defensive backs here."
Paylor: There are going to be people and women in the community who aren't going to be happy, was there concern before you made the pick? And what do you want those people to know?
DORSEY: "I think the concern was – what we wanted to do here is I wanted people to understand we do our research. And if it was in fact not a good person, we wouldn't bring a bad person here – and I've said that repeatedly for four drafts now, I won't do that. And if I felt like this was a bad person, I would not bring that person in. we have done a lot of research, we've turned over a lot of stones and at the end of the day, this is not a bad person. The message is, to a woman, that my daughter – I'm a father, I have a daughter, she's six‐years‐old, I love her dearly, Catherine, and if the people in this situation put as much work as I did in terms of vetting, I want them to understand that, you know what, I'm okay with that."
Bob Gretz (Topeka Capital‐Journal): You say you turned over all the stones, did you talk to the woman who was assaulted?
REID: "You've got to trust us that we've turned over every stone we possibly can turn over. We've done as much as we possibly could in that area. Listen, you can throw a bunch of specifics at us and questions, there's certain things we can't answer. But we have done as much as we possibly can. That's kind of where that trust has to come in, and that's a lot to ask, I know. We talked to as many people as we possibly could."
Carpenter: Have you seen or been aware of any complaints for this pick?
DORSEY: "No, actually, what I've been doing is I've been trying to address free agency as we speak right now and try to get some players with minicamps. I knew that you all were going to have some questions, so I wanted to come out and let you know that these matters are important to us and I wanted you all to know that this organization has done our due diligence with regards to this. So that's why I wanted to do this today, that's the important part of that."
Palmer: Given the issues that have gone on with the Ray Rice situation and others, were you sensitive with that and did you have to have any conversations with the NFL about it?
DORSEY: "We all know this is a very sensitive situation. Again, we have done our research and we have had long discussions with regards to this. We've done our due diligence."
REID: "Listen, we understand how sensitive it is. Absolutely. The question about what women out here were going to think, I mean, we are sitting here right now because of that. We understand that. This is not something that you just brush over. You dig in and find out, the best you possibly can, the situation whether you make sure that person is trying, in their way, is making some steps into righting the wrong.
That's a very important step and a very hard step."
Paylor: Why is something like this worth doing and taking a chance?
REID: "I think there is a human element involved. I went through this with Michael Vick. He was really under the gun just like this and all eyes were on him. He tried to come out of prison and tried to right the wrong. I saw that and I was sensitive to it, gave him a second chance. He's been one of the greatest things ever to happen to anti‐dog fighting. He's been on a mission to try to help stop that. Somewhere, there's a human element like that that's involved. Sometimes people get caught up in things that are a little rough and tough and that you have to work through. Every situation is different. You really have to study, see the person, see the heart involved in that person."
Marshall: Considering the fact that DeMarcus Robinson has self‐reported past drug use, what was the reasoning for giving this a shot?
DORSEY: "With DeMarcus Robinson, we actually brought him in as one of our 30 in‐house visits. We had a chance to vet him not only within the combine, but we also vetted him here. In my discussions with him at the combine and here, he has not tested positive nor smoked marijuana in the last two years. All of his suspensions that you have heard about, and I'm sure he has told you, was when that took place. Now, he did have a suspension for being late to a team meeting, and that was the other suspension. Young men make mistakes. They have grown through that. I believe with my heart of hearts after sitting here with him that he has learned from his mistakes and will continue to grow and mature."
Kissel: Coach Reid, what are your thoughts on the Standard quarterback Kevin Hogan?
REID: "Kevin is 6‐foot‐4, 218 pounds, he's got great mobility and feet in the pocket. He's got a better‐than average arm. He works a quick release within his arm strength. You can go back and compare quarterbacks' arm strengths, I'm not going to tell you he's the top of the line and I'm not going to tell you he's the bottom of the line. He has great anticipation and within this offense, that works. You won't find anybody who works smarter, harder, all those intangible things. He's got them all and I think he's done a pretty good job at Stanford. I think that speaks for itself. They won a lot of football games."
Kissel: How attractive to you is his ability to respond at the line of scrimmage?
REID: "You're not going to run out of gigabytes with Kevin. You've got plenty of them. Like we do with
Alex and our other two quarterbacks, these are all smart guys who are able to work things at the line of scrimmage. That's a big part of our offense so I think he will fit right in with that."
Paylor: Have you considered the ramifications with drafting Hill if this doesn't go the way you want it to go?
DORSEY: "From my standpoint, I know that I have said – I believe words mean something. I really do. I have said early on that I was going to bring guys of character in here, guys who are going to help and be good people within this community. I said that when I first got here and I still mean that. My words mean something, and this organization believes in certain things and this happens to be one of those. That's me.
I don't know if you have anything you want to add in there too, Andy."
REID: "I would just say, listen, that is all part of the homework that we tried to do here with the situation and the people we've talked to. We think there will be a positive end to this. I just ask that we all let the young man get on with his work and his life and help encourage him. If we can get a positive out of this, that's great for humanity just itself, and then whatever he does on the football field is icing on the cake. I think it can be a win‐win bringing him to this great city of Kansas City. The people here are phenomenal and I just look forward to them supporting him and giving him the encouragement that he needs to be a successful human being."