04/29 18:04 CDT The Latest: KC interested in hosting the NFL draft
The Latest: KC interested in hosting the NFL draft
CHICAGO (AP) --- The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times
Kansas City hopes to land the NFL draft in the near future, joining cities such
as Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles in expressing interest in what has become a
three-day football festival.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said before Friday night's second and third rounds that
the organization would work with civic leaders on a bid. Kansas City has
aggressively pursued numerous sporting events the past few years, ranging from
NCAA regionals to next year's U.S. figure skating championship.
Chicago is hosting the event for the second straight year, but Commissioner
Roger Goodell said recently it was "very likely" to move next year. Falcons
owner Arthur Blank is hoping to land that edition.
"Chicago has shown you can have the draft somewhere other than New York City,"
Hunt said. "I'm interested and the organization is interested and the city is
interested in bringing the draft here. When that opportunity presents itself,
we'll put our best foot forward."
The president of the NFL players' union is taking exception to how the league
and Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the problems of Mississippi
offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who dropped in the first round after a video
was posted to his Twitter account showing him smoking from a bong contraption.
Eric Winston, an offensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on
Twitter that he was "stewing" over what had happened the previous night. He
followed with a series of tweets:
"Last night everyone saw a young man's dream turn into a nightmare. The
mistakes he made in the past were released out there to millions with an intent
to harm him. What did the NFL do? Nothing. In fact, if Roger is to be believed,
they loved it because it made the draft 'so exciting.'
"The NFL invested big on this marketing campaign of 'family.' It was all over
Chicago on every billboard. Let me dish out some free advice to the young men
coming into this league this weekend: they are not your family. This is a
business. I hope that what Laremy said is true and that he learned from his
mistake. I wish him good luck and hope every drafted player is wise to what it
takes to make it in the NFL and who really has your back."
Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins'
news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.
Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said.
"Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now
he's with our medical staff and hopefully it's just a quick, short-term thing,"
Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said.
Tunsil went through a bizarre plummet in the first round on Thursday.
Considered a top-five pick, he went 13th overall after he said his social media
accounts were hacked and incidents of his troubled past became public minutes
before the first round began, including a video of him smoking from a gas
Also, a post on his Instagram showed an alleged text message exchange between
the offensive lineman and an Ole Miss football staff member that included
Tunsil's request for money for bills.
Before the second round of the NFL draft begins, team winners of the Walter
Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will walk the red carpet. They also will
announce some third-round selections.
Two winners of the national Payton honor, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas
Davis (2014) and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields (2003), will take
part in the festivities.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his
excellence on and off the field and his commitment to philanthropy and
Team winners, representing past and present players, are:
Arizona Cardinals:Jay Feely
Atlanta Falcons:Patrick DiMarco
Baltimore Ravens:Mike McCrary
Buffalo Bills:Eric Wood
Carolina Panthers:Thomas Davis
Chicago Bears:Israel Idonije
Cincinnati Bengals:Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns:Gary Barnidge
Dallas Cowboys:Brandon Carr
Denver Broncos:DeMarcus Ware
Detroit Lions:Mike Furrey
Green Bay Packers: Sam Barrington
Houston Texans:Chester Pitts
Indianapolis Colts:Reggie Wayne
Jacksonville Jaguars:Maurice Jones-Drew
Kansas City Chiefs:Will Shields
Los Angeles Rams:Johnny Hekker
Miami Dolphins:Ronnie Brown
Minnesota Vikings: E.J. Henderson
New England Patriots:Kevin Faulk
New Orleans Saints: Scott Fujita
New York Giants:Steve Weatherford
New York Jets: Kevin Mawae
Oakland Raiders:Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles:Bennie Logan
Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward
San Diego Chargers: Quentin Jammer
San Francisco 49ers:Takeo Spikes
Seattle Seahawks:Shaun Alexander
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Rond Barber
Tennessee Titans:Delanie Walker
Washington Redskins:Ryan Kerrigan
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