Top 5 Headlines 2/6: Are the Chiefs set to rise, or fall in 2015?

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1. Which NFL teams will rise, fall in 2015?

By Tom Krasovic - UT‐San Diego

"Here are two teams that appear on the rise:

Kansas City Chiefs: Their positive point differential of 72 was the largest of any non‐playoff team. They mauled the Super Bowl champion Patriots and also outpointed the NFC champion Seahawks. Quarterback Alex Smith looks comfortable in Andy Reid's West Coast offense. This year will mark the first time that Smith, 30, works in the same offense three years in a row."    READ MORE…

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2. Ohio State's Devin Smith's rare ability to track the deep ball intrigues NFL teams

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Aside from quarterback Cardale Jones or sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — the stars of the Ohio State's recent championship run — you will be hard‐pressed to find a Buckeye who benefited more from exposure than receiver Devin Smith.

With every victory, particularly late in the season, Smith forced NFL people and draft analysts to take note of his particular set of skills, including one that happens to be an extremely valuable one in today's pass‐happy NFL — his rare ability to track the deep ball."    READ MORE…

3. Lamar Hunt Jr. buys Missouri Mavericks hockey team

By James Dornbrook - Kansas City Business Journal

"Lamar Hunt Jr. bought a 100 percent ownership stake in the Missouri Mavericks for an undisclosed amount and hopes to use his contacts and experience to grow hockey throughout the Kansas City area.

The Missouri Mavericks are a professional minor-league hockey team in the ECHL, which is a "AA" league. Founded in 2009, the Mavericks have been one of the strongest businesses in minor-league hockey. Since its inception, the team consistently has ranked at the top of its league in attendance. It now ranks sixth in average attendance (5,176) of 28 teams in the ECHL."    READ MORE…

4. 2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

By Todd McShay - ESPN (Insider)

"Kansas City Chiefs (9‐7) COLLEGE: Oklahoma Class: Jr HT: 6‐4 WT: 225 POS: WR

Analysis: The Chiefs are in serious need of an upgrade at wide receiver, and Michigan's Devin Funchess and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong are both options here. However, Green‐Beckham is an intriguing possibility with this pick. The Chiefs would be taking a chance on him, given his behavioral baggage and the fact that he sat out the 2014 college football season, but based on the tape I've studied so far, Green‐Beckham might be the most naturally gifted pass‐catcher in this class. If Kansas City doesn't want to take a receiver here, Miami OT Ereck Flowers would make some sense."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs QBs come from much different places

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Smith was offered by two major schools, Utah and Louisville. Louisville at the time was coached by Smith's uncle, John L. Smith. He said he took Utah's offer because the Utes were showing sincere interest whereas he wondered whether Louisville offered just because of the family ties.

Murray had the most college offers. He said he sifted between 50 and 60 of them before accepting the one from Georgia."    READ MORE…

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