Kansas City GM John Dorsey said the Chiefs haven't settled on the player they will take with the first selection in the draft Thursday. He did say the list of candidates has been narrowed to four
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three months have passed since John Dorsey was hired as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Most of his waking hours, and those of the scouts, have been spent researching players available in the NFL draft that starts Thursday.
Dorsey said the Chiefs haven’t settled on the player they will take with the first selection in the draft. He did say the list of candidates has been narrowed to four, although he wouldn’t identify them.
“You still have to give yourself some options,” Dorsey said. “What you kind of do now is just kind of see how these four guys play and kind of watch the games as they’re played. You understand them as people, now watch them play their respective position.”
Dorsey and first-year coach Andy Reid said early in the draft process they wanted to select the best available player for the Chiefs and not pick to merely fill a hole in the lineup. They have an issue at left tackle, an important position, where Branden Albert is the incumbent.
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Two of the players generally considered to be among the top available players, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, are offensive tackles. At this point, since the Chiefs have offered Albert in trade talks, it would be an upset if they picked someone other than Joeckel or Fisher.
The buzz among scouts around the league is that the Chiefs prefer Joeckel. Dorsey won’t venture into the Joeckel-versus-Fisher debate.
“They’re both really fine football players,” Dorsey said. “This year the offensive-line position has some true prospects in it.”
‘voice of the NFL’
PLANO, Texas — Sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered Saturday during a memorial service as “the voice of the NFL” and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite the praise his broadcast work received for decades.
Thousands gathered at a Baptist church to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called 16 Super Bowls and was a former NFL kicker.
Summerall died Tuesday at age 82.
Summerall and ex-coach John Madden were together from 1981 through the 2002 Super Bowl and formed one of the best-known announcing teams in TV sportscasting history.
“I got up this morning and I thought, ‘Pat, I need you,’ ” Madden, 77, told the mourners. “I couldn’t get the tie straightened, a button buttoned. It was the same old thing.”
After talking at length, a despondent Madden looked upward.
“I know Pat’s up there saying, ‘Brevity, brevity, brevity.’ But just one more time, I’m going to talk over you,” Madden said.
One of Summerall’s sons, Kyle, noted his father had battled alcoholism for years but with the help of his faith had kicked it aside.
The memorial service was powered by a group of church singers, a choir more than 300 strong, and NFL Hall of Fame players with Dallas ties, including quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and receiver Michael Irvin. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett also attended.