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Top 5 Headlines 4/17: ESPN's Mel Kiper mocks Chiefs' first three rounds

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1. Kiper offers his picks for Chiefs in first three rounds

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. offers his picks for the Kansas City Chiefs and all NFL teams for the first three rounds of the upcoming draft. The twist is that this time Kiper isn't predicting what the teams will do, but playing general manager for each team and making the picks as he would do.

Kiper lists the top needs for the Chiefs as wide receiver, inside linebacker, safety and defensive end. His four picks for the Chiefs -- they also have a compensatory pick toward the end of the third round -- are wide receiver Jaelen Strong of Arizona State, inside linebacker Stephone Anthony of Clemson, safety Damarious Randall of Arizona State and defensive lineman Gabe Wright of Auburn."    READ MORE…

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2. Ailing fan passes away after visit from Chiefs Hall of Famer

By Chris Oberholtz - KCTV5

"At 86 years old, Betty Johnson had been with the Kansas City Chiefs through the good times and bad.

Many current players knew her as "grandma." As a season ticket holder since 1986, she could be seen in the front row at home games on the 45-yard line, rooting for the players who mean so much to her.

Johnson passed away Thursday, but not before a visit by Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery.

"Nick Lowery was here and getting ready to leave when she passed. We knew she was waiting for her Chiefs," one of Johnson's four daughters, Susan Johnson, said."    READ MORE…

3. Medical Evaluations Play Critical Role in Draft Process

By BJ Kissel -

"Each NFL team relies heavily on their medical staff to provide critical information on these prospects as they look to be drafted or signed by an NFL organization in the coming months.

"We work very closely with (Chiefs general manager) John Dorsey and his staff to look at the 300-plus players at the combine and then probably 300-plus that weren't at the combine," Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder explained.

"We accumulate medical histories, give physical exams and decide what doctors they should see and we rely on our physicians, both Dr. Barnthouse and Dr. Monaco, and then all the great physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital to help come up with what we consider a medical grade for all the draft-eligible players.""    READ MORE…

4. Antonio Gates would like his workload dialed back

By Kevin Patra -

"While Gates looked healthy and rejuvenated most of last season, he recently told The MMQB's Emily Kaplan, while promoting a boxing match in Detroit -- his offseason gig -- that he played too much and would like to dial it back in 2015.

"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," Gates said. "I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway."

Gates played 787 snaps in 2014, 17th most in his position, per Pro Football Focus, a figure much higher than that of many younger players."    READ MORE…

5. Oregon's Scott Frost tired of 'dumb' Marcus Mariota questions

By Chase Goodbread -

"Scott Frost sounds like a man who is ready to get the 2015 NFL Draft behind him -- and he's not even involved in it.

The Oregon offensive coordinator has been quizzed plenty by NFL scouts about former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner who is expected to be a first-round pick. And according to Frost, the questions about Mariota haven't all been the sharpest.

"Some of them were great questions and some of them were some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard," Frost said, according to "I think it's ridiculous to think Marcus is too nice to play football. If that was the case, he wouldn't have won so many games around here.""    READ MORE…

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