Player News - Chiefs

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Chiefs signed second-round DT Breeland Speaks to a four-year contract.

An early-career defensive tackle who moved to end last season, Speaks put versatility on tape and logged impressive 68th-percentile SPARQ results before the draft, suggesting room for further growth. Speaks is a boom-bust prospect with upside for a Michael Bennett-style role but a Datone Jones floor. Undersized but explosive, Speaks’ closest comp may be old Titans/Dolphins DL Jason Jones.
May 24 - 4:17 PM

NFL suspended Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Harris was arrested and charged with marijuana possession in March 2017. Travis Kelce's backup will return in Week 2. Marijuana suspensions are going to look like an anachronism in 10 years.
May 22 - 4:23 PM

Chiefs signed fourth-round S Armani Watts to a four-year contract.

Sixth-round OG Kahlil McKenzie, the son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, also signed his rookie deal. Watts was a four-year starter at Texas A&M, recording 23.5 career tackles for loss, 10 interceptions, and five forced fumbles. He disappointed at the Combine, but Watts is a playmaker who could out-perform his draft stock.
May 15 - 9:42 AM

Chiefs signed DT Stefan Charles.

He is taking DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches' roster spot. Charles spent 2017 out of the league after being released by the Jaguars at final cuts. He will compete for one of the final roster spots in Kansas City.
May 10 - 10:19 AM

Chiefs signed sixth-round CB Tremon Smith to a four-year contract.

Smith is an experienced -- three-year starter -- out of FCS Central Arkansas who nabbed 15 career picks in college. He blistered a 4.32 forty at his Pro Day to put himself on the map. Smith could contribute year one.
May 7 - 7:52 PM

Chiefs declined OL Cameron Erving's 2019 team option.

The former No. 19 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Erving was acquired from the Browns last summer and made four starts -- three at right guard and one at left tackle -- while amassing 276 snaps. He's simply competing for a job this year, but Erving's ability to play all five spots makes him valuable.
May 2 - 8:37 AM

Chiefs signed Oregon CB Arrion Springs.

Springs (5’11/208) was a three-year starter in the Ducks’ secondary, tallying 44 career pass breakups with two interceptions and three forced fumbles. Springs earned PFF College’s No. 7 cornerback grade in all of Division I last year and allowed a stingy 40.6% completion rate when targeted. Although he showed plus long speed (4.46) at Oregon’s Pro Day, Springs struggled in other athletic testing. Not flashy but a consistent executor, Springs offers some dart-throw appeal with an underrated resume.
Apr 29 - 12:56 PM

Chiefs signed Murray State CB D’Montre Wade.

Wade (5’11/206) was a four-year starter on the Racers’ back end, logging 45 career pass breakups with ten interceptions and earning first-team FCS All-American in 2017 with a career-high six picks. Wade tested like more of a safety than corner in Indy, however, managing 20th-percentile SPARQ results with 4.57 speed. If kept at cornerback, Wade projects as a press or zone corner on the boundary. He isn’t quite quick enough to cover the slot.
Apr 29 - 9:53 AM

Chiefs signed Marshall QB Chase Litton.

Litton (6’5/230) made 34 starts for the Thundering Herd, completing 60.8% of his career passes with 7.0 yards per attempt and a 72:31 TD-to-INT ratio. Litton is a sub-par athlete with plus arm strength and a good-looking delivery. A traditional pocket passer, some scouts viewed Litton as an intriguing project with longer-term starting talent.
Apr 28 - 9:20 PM

Chiefs selected Tennessee OG Kahlil McKenzie with the No. 198 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

He's Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie's son. The Chiefs are moving the younger McKenzie to guard after he played defensive tackle for the Volunteers.
Apr 28 - 4:40 PM

Chiefs selected Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith with the No. 196 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (5’11/186) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor at cornerback, earning first-team FCS All-American as a senior and logging 15 career interceptions. He also returned a punt return for a touchdown as a junior and offers special teams appeal. Not invited to the Combine, Smith turned NFL heads by blazing a blistering 4.32 forty-yard dash on the Pro Day circuit. Smith needs weight-room work, but he offers intriguing traits as both a corner and possible return specialist.
Apr 28 - 4:34 PM

Chiefs selected Texas A&M S Armani Watts with the No. 124 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Watts (5’11/202) started all four years in the Aggies’ secondary, tallying 23.5 career tackles for loss, 10 interceptions, and five forced fumbles. Watts earned first-team All-SEC in 2017 and logged 32 defensive "stops," seventh most among Division-I safeties in PFF College’s charts. Watts disappointed in the forty (4.64) and three-cone drill (7.25) at the Combine, raising concerns about his NFL transition. Still, Watts showed enough range, ball skills, and man-coverage ability in the SEC for optimism he can become a factor at free safety.
Apr 28 - 1:11 PM

Chiefs selected Clemson LB Dorian O'Daniel with the No. 100 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

O’Daniel (6’1/223) made 27 starts at strong-side linebacker for the Tigers, tallying 28.5 career tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks and tying for first in Clemson history in special teams tackles (47). O’Daniel’s size and straight-line speed (4.61) limitations likely lower his long-term ceiling, but he is a tried-and-true "good football player" who will at worst produce in the kickoff- and punt-coverage games.
Apr 27 - 11:03 PM

Chiefs selected FSU NT Derrick Nnadi with the No. 75 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nnadi (6’1/317) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor at nose tackle for the ‘Noles, logging 17 career tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles. Although his tape shows sporadic flashes of up-field burst, Nnadi was primarily a run-stopping space eater and tested like one in Indy with fifth-percentile athleticism. Nnadi has a place in the NFL, but he will likely max out as a run defender only.
Apr 27 - 9:46 PM

Chiefs traded up with the Bengals to select Ole Miss DT Breeland Speaks with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Speaks (6’3/283) turned pro after making 19 starts for the Rebels, tallying 15 career tackles for loss and nine sacks. An early-career defensive tackle who moved to end last season, Speaks put versatility on tape and logged impressive 68th-percentile SPARQ results before the draft, suggesting room for further growth. Speaks is a boom-bust prospect with upside for a Michael Bennett-style role but a Datone Jones floor. Undersized but explosive, Speaks’ closest comp may be old Titans/Dolphins DL Jason Jones.
Apr 27 - 8:13 PM


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