The NFL Draft is over. Now we wait to see how the rookies improve the team.
The Royals called up top pitching prospect Daniel Lynch to start Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. Dayton Moore said that Jakob Junis is returning to the bullpen, so that means that Lynch is here to stay, and this is not a one-and-done start.
Moore thought the team would be better off with Junis back in the bullpen with recent injuries to Kyle Zimmer and Jesse Hahn. Moore expects Junis to get more starts later in the season. That makes sense. If Mike Minor continues to struggle or Keller never recovers, the Royals will need another starter.
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Chiefs Draft Six Players in 2021 NFL Draft
The Chiefs had six picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. They walked away with two offensive linemen, two defensive players, a wide receiver, and a tight end.
Nick Bolton was the first pick of the Chiefs in the second round with the 58th overall pick. Local college football fans, and readers of the Kansas City Sports Monitor, know that Nick Bolton hits ball carriers hard. They know when Bolton has hit them. And when he has a chance to tackle someone, he doesn’t miss or let the person go. Bolton started his last two years at Missouri. He is tough against the run but also in pass coverage. Bolton and Willie Gay could make a nice pair of linebackers for the Chiefs.
Five picks after they selected Bolton, the Chiefs went to Oklahoma to get their center of the future, and possibly the present. They selected Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey. Humphrey was the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in each of the last two seasons. He didn’t allow a sack his entire college career. In addition to center, Humphrey can play either guard position. He was a teammate with Orlando Brown Jr. in 2017. Creed has a good chance to win the starting job at center at some point during the season if he doesn’t have it for game one.
Joshua Kaindoh was the Chiefs’ pick in round four with the 144th overall pick. The Chiefs hope that Kaindoh can provide pressure off the edge since they struggled to pressure the quarterback last season. Kaindoh attended Florida State. He played with Derrick Nnadi in 2017. He had some injury issues in college, so that is certainly a concern, but his size and athleticism are apparently worth the Chiefs’ risk.
The team’s fourth pick was Duke TE Noah Gray in the fourth rounds with the 162nd overall pick. Gray played all four seasons at Duke and started his last two years. He only dropped three passes in his college career. When the ball can be caught, Gray will catch it. Gray lined up in the slot, inline, and at fullback. He is used to going in motion, which he could do a lot with the Chiefs. He also participated on special teams in punt coverage and field goal attempts. He was a quarterback in high school, so there’s always a chance Andy Reid might have fun with that.
Cornell Powell was the Chiefs’ fifth pick. Powell is a wide receiver out of Clemson. He is said to be a great route runner. He sounds like he could fit in nicely in Andy Reid’s offense.
The final pick of the draft for the Chiefs was Trey Smith out of Tennessee. Smith is 6’ 5” and 330 pounds. He started all four years he was at Tennessee. He was projected as a third-round pick, but the Chiefs got him in the sixth round. He played both guard and tackle in college. When you watch his highlights, you see an aggressive lineman who enjoys putting defensive players on the ground. Smith has battled blood clots and informed teams of the issue. This is likely the reason he fell so far in the draft.
Pro Football Focus gave the Chiefs a B+ on their draft, and that sounds about right. They took guys based on what they did on the field. Nick Bolton shows his ability on the field even if he doesn’t wow you with his size and speed. We will know soon enough just how good this class is.
Chiefs Notes: The Chiefs signed free-agent RB Jerrick McKinnon… Tim Grunhard will be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame this fall.
Kansas Hires Buffalo Head Coach Lance Leipold
Kansas announced that they hired Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold to be their new football coach replacing Les Miles, who was let go after allegations come to light of things he was accused of doing at LSU.
Leipold signed a six-year contract with the Jayhawks in which he will start at $1.86 million and have annual increases until he reaches $2.56 million in his last season. Leipold’s buyout starts at $6 million and decreases by $1 million at the end of each calendar year.
Notes: NHL expansion team, Seattle Kraken, made their last expansion fee payment and can now start signing free agents and making trades. Seattle starts playing next season. The expansion draft is in July… The game between Manchester United and Liverpool set for Sunday was postponed because of Manchester United fans protesting the club’s owners.
Chiefs’ best pick, biggest gamble and needs left: 2021 NFL Draft takeaways (Nate Taylor)
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