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Top 5 Headlines 4/24: Which Two players Does Mike Mayock Like for Chiefs in First Round?

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1. NFL Network's Mike Mayock likes two offensive linemen for Chiefs in first round

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is well aware of the Chiefs' upheaval at receiver this offseason, signing Jeremy Maclin and cutting Dwayne Bowe.

"They signed Jeremy Maclin, but obviously I still think they need a wide receiver," Mayock said. "Albert Wilson is a promising and intriguing prospect, as is De'Anthony Thomas, who plays both running back and wideout, (but) I'd love to see another wideout."

Thing is, the top three options — Alabama's Amari Cooper, West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's DeVante Parker — are all expected to be off the board by the time the Chiefs pick 18th overall in the first round, and general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have not shown any willingness to reach for a player, especially at that position."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs serious about improving offense

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The long faces in the losing visitor's locker room following the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 16 game at the Pittsburgh Steelers told the story. The Chiefs' playoff hopes, which seemed secure a few weeks earlier, were hanging by a thread because Kansas City managed just four field goals in four trips inside the Pittsburgh 20.

One week later, their playoff dreams were extinguished. The Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers, but again had to drag their lifeless offense along for the ride.

No autopsy was needed to determine the cause of death for the Chiefs' 2014 season. It was their balky offense, one that for the first time in the modern NFL failed to produce a touchdown from a wide receiver."    READ MORE…

3. Power 100: Mark Donovan

By Staff - Kansas City Business Journal

"Mark Donovan, a former college quarterback, has led the Kansas City Chiefs through a modernization of the team's business operations and effort to broaden support within the local business community.

One example of these efforts is his decision to test a concessions app developed by Lantern Software Inc. of Kansas City, Kan.

It's a sign of the team's dedication to improving the game-day experience for its fans while also showing support for community organizations."    READ MORE…

4. Patriots honored by President Obama, who jokes about 'Deflategate'

By Mike Reiss - ESPN

"The New England Patriots were honored by Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday afternoon, with the president calling them "as good an organization as there is in professional sports."

Obama's remarks, which lasted about nine minutes on the South Lawn, included plenty of humor, such as Deflategate jabs. He said that he usually likes to joke at these types of ceremonies but worried that "11 out of 12 might fall flat" with the Patriots.

He then looked back at head coach Bill Belichick, who smiled and gave him a thumbs-down signal."    READ MORE…

5. John Elway frustrated by Demaryius Thomas missing offseason program

By Jeff Legowold - ESPN

"As a former player, John Elway may understand why Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has elected to skip the team's offseason program. But it doesn't mean Elway the football executive has to like it.

At a pre-draft gathering Thursday, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations/general manager made his feelings clear on the matter.

Asked if it was important to sign Thomas to a long-term deal sooner rather than later so he could learn the new offense, Elway said: "To be dead honest with you: I see absolutely zero value with him being away from here. Zero value, for him. There's no value for him not to be here with his teammates, so as far as negotiations and him and a new deal and what's going on, we'd like to get something done, but by him being away from here, there is zero value not only to us, but to him. To me it makes no sense.''"    READ MORE…

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