by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/8/14) With the No. 23 pick in the NFL Draft, the Chiefs drafted defensive end Dee Ford from Auburn.
Ford, who is 6-foot-2, 252 pounds, had 10.5 sacks in 2013 despite missing two games with a knee injury. He did not take part in the NFL Combine due to a 2011 back operation, but he still ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at the Auburn Pro Day.
He will likely be a situational pass rusher for the Chiefs behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, but he will make the Chiefs defense and Chiefs DST a better unit in 2014.
Chiefs announce Vance Walker signing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) The Chiefs announced the signing of former Raiders defensive lineman Vance Walker on Friday, per ESPN. Walker appeared in 15 games and registered 40 tackles with three sacks last season with Oakland.
Risean Broussard signed by Chiefs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/29/14) The Chiefs have signed defensive tackle Risean Broussard to a reserve-futures contract. Broussard was a rookie this season that did not see any playing time.
Derrick Johnson wins Defensive MVP at Pro Bowl
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/26/14) In a Pro Bowl featuring an unusual amount of defense, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson stood out. He made a team-high nine tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass for the victorious Team Rice en route to Defensive MVP honors.
Johnson had several big hits, including one on Jamaal Charles, his Chiefs' teammate.
Sanders Commings could start for Chiefs next season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/18/14) The potential loss of starting free safety Kendrick Lewis to free agency could thrust Sanders Commingsinto that role barring a trade or free agent acquisition, the Kansas City Star has speculated.
Commings, who played mostly cornerback at Georgia before being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft by the Chiefs, was beset by injuries in his rookie year. But the team felt strongly enough about him to place the short-term injury-reserve tag on him after he broke his collarbone in training camp.
He played in just two games before a shoulder injury ended his season, but the Chiefs reportedly like his speed and range enough to consider him a possible starter in 2014.
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The Chiefs DST was expected to improve in 2013, but no one could have predicted a No. 2 finish in Fantasy points in standard leagues. Only the Seahawks DST was a better unit, but the Chiefs DST led the way in touchdowns with 11. That will be hard to duplicate, so get ready for a downturn in production, but they still managed 21 interceptions, 47 sacks and 15 fumble recoveries. The Chiefs do have plenty of standout defenders with Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Eric Berry, and they spent a first-round pick on rookie pass rusher Dee Ford, so they should remain a No. 1 unit. Plan on drafting the Chiefs DST with a late-round pick in all leagues.