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Top 5 Headlines 4/27: Should Chiefs draft Todd Gurley if he's available?

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1. Mailbag: Should Chiefs draft Todd Gurley if he's available?

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Here is this week's draft edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. For the non-draft edition, check back on Sunday. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and tag it #ChiefsMail.

PILCHER MANIA @ZachPilcher @adamteicher do you think kc would take gurley at pick 18 if he there? #chiefsmail

@adamteicher: If Georgia running back Todd Gurley is available when the Chiefs make their first pick in the draft next week, it presents a dilemma for them. If the Chiefs are truly serious about drafting the best player available without regard to position, I can't see how Gurley wouldn't at least be part of the discussion. But the Chiefs already have a running back in Jamaal Charles, though he is 28, an advanced age for a running back. They also seem comfortable with Knile Davis, drafted as the backup two years ago. To answer your question, I don't see the Chiefs doing that, but it also wouldn't be a big surprise."    READ MORE…

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2. Buccaneers 'feel confident' in vetting process for Jameis Winston

By Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports

"In less than a week, the Buccaneers will likely use the first-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to take Jameis Winston. He will be their 21st quarterback in 39 drafts (the last was Mike Glennon, a 2013 third rounder), and he comes with the most risks.

While at Florida State, Winston was investigated for sexual assault (though never charged), caught shoplifting crab legs and suspended for one game after yelling an obscenity in the student union.

But the Bucs insist that they've fully vetted Winston and are satisfied with what they found.

"We've talked to a lot of people. 'A lot' is probably not a big enough word," Bucs general manager Jason Licht told the Tampa Tribune. "We are not going to talk about the process. All I'll tell you is that the Glazer family, the head coach, the general manager, our staffs, we all couldn't feel more confident about the process we have gone through.""    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford confident going into his second season

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"It will be months before the major questions surrounding the Chiefs' 2014 first-round pick, linebacker Dee Ford, will be answered.

But it's important to remember that those questions are a two-way street. While the Chiefs will be looking to see improvement from Ford as a run defender, for instance, it's up to defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to find more creative ways to get Ford on the field — even with Pro Bowlers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston ahead of him on the depth chart.

Ford made it clear to reporters last week that's he's confident he's taking care of his end of the bargain.

"I'm a perfectionist, so I walked away (from last season) ready to get to work," Ford said. "I feel like I felt a lot of plays on the field. I was excited to get to work.""    READ MORE…

4. New receiver Jeremy Maclin working to develop chemistry with Chiefs QB Alex Smith

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"On Monday, the first day of the Chiefs' offseason training program, Jeremy Maclin and Alex Smith tossed the football around in the team's indoor facility for the first time, though neither player made much of it in subsequent interviews.

"It was more so just catching, kind of seeing how the rotation (of the ball) comes out," said Maclin, a wide receiver who signed a five-year, $55 million contract in free agency. "Everything was smooth."

Still, it was the first of many steps the Chiefs' big-money quarterback and receiver must take to develop the kind of chemistry it will take to raise the overall explosiveness of the Chiefs' passing game in 2015."    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs take research-heavy approach to NFL Draft preparation

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"While previewing the NFL Draft on Friday, general manager John Dorsey repeatedly said the Chiefs would be thorough in their yearly quest to find players.\

That means, of course, doing their due diligence on players' character and intangibles.

"I think that's important," Dorsey said. "I think all along, we as an organization have done a really nice job of saying 'You know what,' if you get guys that really like football and have a degree of character within their person, I think that goes a long way toward sustaining a high level of success.""    READ MORE…

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