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Top 5 Headlines 3/26: Which Draft Prospect is Perfect Fit For Chiefs?

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1. Perfect fits in NFL Draft

By Mel Kiper - ESPN

"The fit: We keep talking about the perfect marriage (remarriage?) of a Chip Kelly offense and his perfect quarterback in Mariota. But I think of what Andy Reid did with a young Donovan McNabb -- a very good athlete at QB with movement skills but also a lot of projection left as an accurate passer -- not to mention work he's done to maximize the potential of other QBs, and I think he'd be fantastic working with Mariota.

The chances: Really low. The Chiefs have the No. 18 overall pick. They might need to get to No. 4, or even No. 2, for Mariota. The price could be astronomical."    READ MORE…

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2. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says Paul Fanaika is 'a good fit' in Chiefs' offense

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked at the NFL's annual meetings Wednesday why they decided to let guard Paul Fanaika — a two-year starter who signed a three-year, $8.1 million deal with the Chiefs — walk in free agency.

"It's just a matter of, probably, (us) having too much exposure to guys sometimes," said Arians, who was essentially saying both sides needed a fresh start.

Fanaika, 28, stands 6 feet 5 and 327 pounds and started 30 of 32 regular-season games at right guard for the Cardinals. He will get an opportunity to do the same in Kansas City, even though rookie sixth-round pick Zach Fulton, who started 16 games last season for the Chiefs, returns."    READ MORE…

3. Notebook: Interview with Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt

By BJ Kissel -

"On what memory stands out above all else in the league meetings he's been to:

"Probably the one thing that really stands out and this goes back a number of years back to the late 80s when the league was in the middle of some labor unrest, there was a lawsuit and there had been a strike and the league was in the transition with Pete Rozelle resigning.

"I remember vividly being with my dad. It was one of the first league meetings that I attended and Paul Tagliabue ended up getting elected. That really stands out in my mind because it was a very difficult process for the ownership to agree on who would be the next commissioner."

On whether he's in favor of playoff expansion:

"I'm personally in favor of it. It's been a topic that's been discussed the last couple of years. I think it's probably going to end up getting tabled at this meeting but I would expect the league to address it and continue discussions on it in the next year or two. I'm personally in favor of it because I think every year there's a team or teams who are left out of the playoffs who you could argue are very deserving."    READ MORE…

4. McKay: Owners want change in 2015


"The NFL's dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.

While team owners didn't vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.

"There's a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year," said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Atlanta Falcons. McKay's committee will "develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote" in two months in San Francisco."    READ MORE…

5. New rule response to Pats' formation

By John Keim - ESPN

"A much-deconstructed formation led to a New England Patriots touchdown drive in the playoffs. Next season, it will lead to a 5-yard penalty.

The NFL passed a rule Wednesday that makes it illegal for an offensive player wearing an eligible number -- between 1 and 49, or 80 to 89 -- to report as ineligible and line up outside the tackle box. Now, if a player is declared ineligible yet lines up outside the tackle box, the offense will be penalized for illegal substitution.

The rule, proposed by the NFL's competition committee, resulted from a successful series of plays by the Patriots during a 35-31 playoff victory over Baltimore in January."    READ MORE…

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