Chiefs New Dynamic Duo

When the Kansas City Chiefs made the decision to shore up two of their biggest needs in the NFL Draft, I’m not sure even they knew what they had in Cornerback, Marcus Peters and Wide Receiver, Chris Conley.

In years past, it’s been well documented; the Kansas City Chiefs early round draft selections haven’t produced on the field. Sure the organization has seen some exceptions to that statement like, Safety Eric Berry, Linebacker Justin Houston, Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe and Tight End Travis Kelce.

Beyond those early picks the cupboard has been bare for the Chiefs on the field in regards to impact draftees. However this season that trend might change in Kansas City. For the first time in decades, the team has a pair of young players in Marcus Peters and Chris Conley that could provide instant impact from the same draft class.

Still counting on rookie draft picks can be anything but a stable idea. You never know what happens to a young player when he takes that first transitional step at the NFL level - a year removed from the college game.

In Peters, the Chiefs felt he could line up as a starter in 2015. If the Chiefs secondary has a weakness, they aren’t aggressive going after the ball when it’s in the air. Add that with their inability to close ground when receivers run past them, it’s easy to see why the Chiefs drafted Peters and a few rounds later, Cornerback Steven Nelson.

Even with NFL gifts in hand the Chiefs rolled the dice with Peters, who came to the team with some collegiate baggage. The bad wrap stemmed from altercations with the coaching staff at the University of Washington. Head Coach, Andy Reid, did his due diligence before the Chiefs made him their first round pick, and he was convinced Peters was the real deal.

Either way it was a good move for the Chiefs because on Friday morning the NFL handed down a three game suspension for starting Cornerback, Sean Smith,

So will the Chiefs decision to draft Peters, knowing Smith would likely receive a suspension to start the year and walk as a free agent after the 2015 season, pay dividends?

Time will tell.

Chiefs Wide Receiver Chris Conley brings much experience to KC's wide receiver class.

On the flip side of the ball, Wide Receiver Chris Conley, has surpassed all expectations heading into his first NFL training camp next week.

Though the Chiefs first depth chart is still weeks away, don’t be shocked if Conley moves ahead of every other receiving candidate in camp as the teams number two receiver opposite, Jeremy Maclin.

Conley has the size, speed and route discipline to become an exceptional NFL wide receiver. Further, from all accounts, he already has a firm grasp on Reid’s tedious offensive plays. To put that in perspective, numerous NFL veterans who have played for Reid, spent years trying to decipher his playbook from cover to cover.

Though Conley has yet to put on a pair of NFL pads, or compete against anyone other than his teammates, my expectations could be thwarted should he struggle in August.

Then again, if he can continue to blaze the trail, and run past the lack of NFL experience that makes most rookie draft picks useless in year one, Reid might have found himself a star. Sure that’s a lofty statement but something tells me Conley has that quality in his game.

So if he lives up to my expectations, Conley could fit nicely with other third round receivers that have posted outstanding NFL numbers. Some of those notables include, Terrell Owens, T.Y. Hilton, John Taylor, Steve Smith, Hines Ward and more recently San Diego Chargers wide receiver, Keenan Allen.

Like Conley, each of them had significant question marks about their game, which lowered their draft stock among general managers and head coaches around the NFL.

In summary, I usually don’t get that excited with rookie draft picks. Yet, I can’t remember a time in recent Chiefs history, the team plucked a pair of young draft picks that might start a new trend of football in Kansas City.


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Even with NFL gifts in hand the Chiefs rolled the dice with Peters, who came to the team with some collegiate baggage. The bad wrap stemmed from altercations with the coaching staff at the University of Washington. Head Coach, Andy Reid, did his due diligence before the Chiefs made him their first round pick, and he was convinced Peters was the real deal. \r\n\r\n

Either way it was a good move for the Chiefs because on Friday morning the NFL handed down a three game suspension for starting Cornerback, Sean Smith, \r\n\r\n

So will the Chiefs decision to draft Peters, knowing Smith would likely receive a suspension to start the year and walk as a free agent after the 2015 season, pay dividends? \r\n\r\n

Time will tell.\r\n\r\n

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On the flip side of the ball, Wide Receiver Chris Conley, has surpassed all expectations heading into his first NFL training camp next week. \r\n\r\n

Though the Chiefs first depth chart is still weeks away, don’t be shocked if Conley moves ahead of every other receiving candidate in camp as the teams number two receiver opposite, Jeremy Maclin.\r\n\r\n

Conley has the size, speed and route discipline to become an exceptional NFL wide receiver. Further, from all accounts, he already has a firm grasp on Reid’s tedious offensive plays. To put that in perspective, numerous NFL veterans who have played for Reid, spent years trying to decipher his playbook from cover to cover.\r\n\r\n

Though Conley has yet to put on a pair of NFL pads, or compete against anyone other than his teammates, my expectations could be thwarted should he struggle in August.\r\n\r\n

Then again, if he can continue to blaze the trail, and run past the lack of NFL experience that makes most rookie draft picks useless in year one, Reid might have found himself a star. Sure that’s a lofty statement but something tells me Conley has that quality in his game. \r\n\r\n

So if he lives up to my expectations, Conley could fit nicely with other third round receivers that have posted outstanding NFL numbers. Some of those notables include, Terrell Owens, T.Y. Hilton, John Taylor, Steve Smith, Hines Ward and more recently San Diego Chargers wide receiver, Keenan Allen.\r\n\r\n

Like Conley, each of them had significant question marks about their game, which lowered their draft stock among general managers and head coaches around the NFL.\r\n\r\n

In summary, I usually don’t get that excited with rookie draft picks. Yet, I can’t remember a time in recent Chiefs history, the team plucked a pair of young draft picks that might start a new trend of football in Kansas City. \r\n\r\n\r\n

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In years past, it’s been well documented; the Kansas City Chiefs early round draft selections haven’t produced on the field. Sure the organization has seen some exceptions to that statement like, Safety Eric Berry, Linebacker Justin Houston, Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe and Tight End Travis Kelce.

Beyond those early picks the cupboard has been bare for the Chiefs on the field in regards to impact draftees. However this season that trend might change in Kansas City. For the first time in decades, the team has a pair of young players in Marcus Peters and Chris Conley that could provide instant impact from the same draft class.

Still counting on rookie draft picks can be anything but a stable idea. You never know what happens to a young player when he takes that first transitional step at the NFL level - a year removed from the college game.

In Peters, the Chiefs felt he could line up as a starter in 2015. If the Chiefs secondary has a weakness, they aren’t aggressive going after the ball when it’s in the air. Add that with their inability to close ground when receivers run past them, it’s easy to see why the Chiefs drafted Peters and a few rounds later, Cornerback Steven Nelson.

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Even with NFL gifts in hand the Chiefs rolled the dice with Peters, who came to the team with some collegiate baggage. The bad wrap stemmed from altercations with the coaching staff at the University of Washington. Head Coach, Andy Reid, did his due diligence before the Chiefs made him their first round pick, and he was convinced Peters was the real deal.

Either way it was a good move for the Chiefs because on Friday morning the NFL handed down a three game suspension for starting Cornerback, Sean Smith,

So will the Chiefs decision to draft Peters, knowing Smith would likely receive a suspension to start the year and walk as a free agent after the 2015 season, pay dividends?

Time will tell.

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On the flip side of the ball, Wide Receiver Chris Conley, has surpassed all expectations heading into his first NFL training camp next week.

Though the Chiefs first depth chart is still weeks away, don’t be shocked if Conley moves ahead of every other receiving candidate in camp as the teams number two receiver opposite, Jeremy Maclin.

Conley has the size, speed and route discipline to become an exceptional NFL wide receiver. Further, from all accounts, he already has a firm grasp on Reid’s tedious offensive plays. To put that in perspective, numerous NFL veterans who have played for Reid, spent years trying to decipher his playbook from cover to cover.

Though Conley has yet to put on a pair of NFL pads, or compete against anyone other than his teammates, my expectations could be thwarted should he struggle in August.

Then again, if he can continue to blaze the trail, and run past the lack of NFL experience that makes most rookie draft picks useless in year one, Reid might have found himself a star. Sure that’s a lofty statement but something tells me Conley has that quality in his game.

So if he lives up to my expectations, Conley could fit nicely with other third round receivers that have posted outstanding NFL numbers. Some of those notables include, Terrell Owens, T.Y. Hilton, John Taylor, Steve Smith, Hines Ward and more recently San Diego Chargers wide receiver, Keenan Allen.

Like Conley, each of them had significant question marks about their game, which lowered their draft stock among general managers and head coaches around the NFL.

In summary, I usually don’t get that excited with rookie draft picks. Yet, I can’t remember a time in recent Chiefs history, the team plucked a pair of young draft picks that might start a new trend of football in Kansas City.

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