Enemy Intel: How'd the Chiefs do in the draft?

Enemy Intel: How'd the Chiefs do in the draft?

By Tom E. Curran

I kept hearing that the New Orleans Saints got the guys who should have been Patriots - Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram. But if you like the Patriots andwanted to flip drafts with any team, the Chiefs might be the ones. Scott Pioli went outside Belichickian form with his first-round pick, taking 6-foot-5, 225-pound receiver Jonathan Baldwin with the 26th overall pick. Combine him with Dwayne Bowe and let Jammal Charles run around with the quickness in the backfield and Matt Cassel has some artillery for the KC offense. The character concerns with Baldwin? He thought the coaches and quarterbacks at Pitt sucked and said so. Seems like something a staff can work on. After getting an interior lineman, Rodney Hudson, in the second round, the Chiefs came back in the third and took one of the draft's best pure pass rushers, Justin Houston, in the third round. Houston smoked weed in college. That caused him to drop precipitously. Again, probably something that can be conquered with a little pressure from the coaching staff and personal responsibility. The Chiefs then took one of the players I thought was ideal for New England, five-technique defensive end Allen Bailey from Miami. He's 6-3, 288, works his face off, was an all-ACC defensive tackle as a junior and a second teamall-ACC defensive end as a senior. A hard-working fourth-round corner (Jalil Brown), a developmental quarterback (Ricky Stanzi), and a 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle prospect named Jerrell Powe rounded things out for Kansas City. SUMMARY: Kansas City got much more explosive offensively with the addition of Baldwin offensively. Houston and Bailey - if they pan out - could be among the best at their positions in this draft. Picking where they were, late in the rounds, the Chiefs did the right thing: took good players with perceived blemishes. If they hit on two out of three, they are a much better team for it.

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Easley on character concerns: 'It's all rumors' until sources step forward


Easley on character concerns: 'It's all rumors' until sources step forward

When Dominique Easley was released by the Patriots this spring, it wasn't because he wasn't productive when he was on the field. In fact, on a per-snap basis, he was one of the most productive interior pass-rushers in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Instead, there were some off-the-field factors, as well as injury concerns, that led to the Patriots choosing to cut ties with their 2014 first-round pick. 

As our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran put it, there were "philosophical differences" between Easley and the team.

Other, more scathing reports of Easley's impact in New England were released, including one report from the Boston Globe that included a quote from a former teammate saying he was a "locker room cancer."

Since then, Easley has landed with the Rams and has a chance to contribute to one of the most talented defensive lines in football. In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Phil Savage and Amber Theoharis, Easley said he hopes that his new team will get to see that he's a better person than some have indicated.

"Just really," Easley said, "just hopefully that the Rams get to see what a great person and a great hardworker I am, and really, just a great person."

Easley went on to say that he's not sure who would speak of him negatively or why. He explained that it's not his "main goal" to prove there's nothing to worry about with his character, but clearly it's somewhere on the list. 

"There's been, obviously, stuff said about me," Easley said. "We don't know where it came from. I would say the person doesn't want to come out and say it, neither. As far as I know, it's all rumors until that person comes out and say that it was from them, and they can prove that they actually know who I am, or been around me long enough to know who I am and how I am as a person."

PFT: NFL plans to interview Manning about Al Jazeera PED allegations


PFT: NFL plans to interview Manning about Al Jazeera PED allegations

Peyton Manning is retired, but that doesn't mean he's exempt from the interviews that the NFL plans to conduct as it looks into the allegations made by Al Jazeera's December PED documentary. 

It was reported last week by USA Today that the league's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch informed the NFLPA that players named in Al Jazeera's report would be interviewed in July. 

Among those scheduled to be interviewed are Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Former Packers linebacker Mike Neal will also be interviewed.

(Harrison has taken issue with the league's request, and said on social media that he would only meet with the league if commissioner Roger Goodell showed up to his home.)

Manning was not mentioned in the letter obtained by USA Today detailing the league's interview plans, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk followed up on Monday to see if the NFL intended to speak with Manning. It does.

The former Broncos and Colts quarterback has been very vocal about just how strongly he denies Al Jazeera's claim that his wife, Ashley, received HGH for his use. Despite the fact that he's no longer playing, it will come as no surprise if, given his stance, Manning cooperates fully with the league as it seeks more information regarding the report. 

As Florio points out, if Manning hopes to return to the NFL at some point as an executive -- as many believe he will -- this is something he'll want to put to bed beforehand. That process will start with an interview.