Chiefs’ GM Brett Veach held a press conference on Monday. In that press conference, he gave updates on the team and answered questions from the invited media.
Tyrann Mathieu is entering the final year of his contract. Brett Veach said that Mathieu is important to the team and hopes he is with the club for many years to come.
The club won’t get as much medical information on players in the draft without the combine and without being allowed to let players visit and the team doing their own medicals.
Veach is not trusting the speed tests with the pro days that will occur this year simply because the surfaces and conditions will be different in different locations. The Chiefs will have to do a lot of work to interpret the results.
Veach believes you build a football team with the quarterback first and then through the offensive and defensive line. However, the draft dictates what you select based on the situation when you draft. He said that you always consider replenishing the offensive line in the draft. And the challenge is where to pick which player. You don’t want to take a player higher than you should.
Brett Veach said that the offensive line and cornerback positions jump out at him in this draft. He sees depth in rounds 1-3. He expects a lot of them to go quickly. He sees value in late rounds at receiver.
Patrick Mahomes had surgery on his toe on February 10. It’s expected to take three months for him to recover. The Chiefs hope to have Mahomes ready for the mandatory minicamp in June but are confident he will be ready for training camp.
The Chiefs are hopeful that both Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher will be ready at the start of training camp. Chiefs’ trainer Eric Burkholder is targeting Fisher to be ready around mid-August. Fisher’s news is quite surprising, considering he ruptured his Achilles and he is a large man. I find it highly unlikely that Fisher will be ready for Week 1.
The Chiefs are interested in keeping Sammy Watkins but said that it would be a lot more difficult to sign him this time around. The receiver position is a little deeper in free agency. Veach feels really good about Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Byron Pringle. The Chiefs will not run out early in free agency looking for a receiver. In other words, Sammy Watkins is not going to be a Chief in 2021.
The Chiefs salary cap is challenging, according to Brett Veach. They expected the cap to be around $210 million for 2021, but covid has changed it to at least $180 million. Veach feels good about getting under the cap and feels his cap group can work things to get done what they need to get done.
The scouting department will have to do a lot more work looking at the small college players without some of the All-Star games that normally take place. Veach expects some undrafted players to make big impacts on NFL teams because some players could be missed.