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Top 5 Headlines 4/14: 2015 NFL Draft could define Chiefs for years

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1. '15 draft could define Packer-like Chiefs for years to come

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

""I think they're in a great spot," longtime talent evaluator Russ Lande tells "And they have a lot of picks, the draft is very deep, and you've got (general manager John) Dorsey and (director of player personnel) Chris Ballard and (coach) Andy Reid all working together until they have the people in place."

It's not just that it's a large haul to play with, with experienced hands doing the playing. It's also a haul that might determine the direction, in a general sense, the future of a good chunk of the current two-deep. Because check out the Chiefs' vets whose contracts are scheduled to be up after this fall, and take a deep breath: quarterback Chase Daniel, linebacker Justin Houston (assuming he signs his tender), linebacker Derrick Johnson (although his situation might be fluid), nosetackle Dontari Poe (ditto), safety Eric Berry (double ditto), cornerback Sean Smith (triple ditto), defensive end Mike DeVito, safety Husain Abdullah, safety Tyvon Branch, wide receiver Jason Avant and offensive linemen Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson."    READ MORE…

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2. WR Crabtree leaving 49ers for Raiders

By Bill Williamsonand Adam Caplan - ESPN

"The free-agent veteran wide receiver has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Monday. The deal is for one year and $3 million, with another $2 million in incentives, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Crabtree, the San Francisco 49ers' No. 10 overall pick of the 2009 draft, confirmed his decision on Twitter.

Crabtree's production waned last season, and he appeared to lose explosion from a 2013 Achilles injury. Crabtree has had just two 100-yard receiving games in the 24 games since he returned from his injury. Crabtree's highest yardage total in 2014 was 85 yards, and he averaged 10.3 yards per reception on 68 catches."    READ MORE…

3. Jets have edge if they decide to join Marcus Mariota sweepstakes

By Rich Cimini - ESPN

"No fewer than seven teams have been mentioned as possible trading partners with the Tennessee Titans, who may be looking to deal out of the No. 2 spot in the draft. There's no way of knowing if all seven are genuinely interested in moving up -- chances are, it's only two or three -- but that's enough for a bidding war. Presumably, the target would be quarterback Marcus Mariota.

And the New York Jets could have the inside track for the No. 2 pick -- if they decide to go for it.

Here's why: The Jets own the No. 6 pick, which undoubtedly would be part of any trade package. Many experts believe there are only six to eight elite players in the draft, so the Titans, who have zero star power on their roster, might be hesitant to drop below the sixth pick. The other teams linked to the No. 2 pick/Mariota are picking below the Jets."    READ MORE…

4. William Gholston repays gas-station attendant with interest for kind act

By Pat Yasinskas - ESPN

"As a high school senior in Detroit, Gholston ran out of gas and wandered into a nearby BP station without any cash. Attendant Mohamed Gabasha gave Gholston a container of gas and a ride back to his car.

On Friday night Gabasha saw Gholston for the first time since the incident. Gholston returned to the station to thank Gabasha and gave him $100 to repay him with interest, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

"It was amazing, how he actually came back," Gabasha told the newspaper. "He just said 'Thank you for that day.' It was really, really nice.""    READ MORE…

5. Greg Roman: All Bills QBs will get first-team reps

By Conor Orr -

"What would a Rex Ryan April be like without a four-way quarterback battle?

His offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, suggested as much on Monday when he said that Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel and Tyrod Taylor will all get first-team reps in workouts."    READ MORE…

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