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Andy Reid knows when Brett Veach has unearthed a prospect he really likes because the Kansas City Chiefs' bright young general manager will pepper him with information to the point of exhaustion.
Reid had a good idea Breeland Speaks would soon be on his roster.
The Chiefs traded up eight spots to select the Ole Miss pass rusher 46th overall in the NFL draft on Friday night. It was the first selection for Veach in his new role after not having a first-round choice Authentic Jerome Baker Jersey , and one that addresses a big need in pressuring the quarterback and stopping the run.
"Brett's had his eye on him," Reid said. "He's had his eye on him all along. He was going to go after him aggressively 鈥?that's kind of the way he rolls. You've seen him operate."
Indeed, Veach has earned a reputation since taking over for the fired John Dorsey last summer that he's willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. And in the case of Speaks, that meant deluging Reid with information about the long, athletic and widely underrated defensive end.
"He has a tendency when he likes somebody to wear me out with that guy. He's done it with some pretty good players," Reid said with a grin. "I can always tell how much he likes somebody because he's going to let me know. So I watched every game the kid played. I didn't do that with every player."
The more Reid watched, the more he decided that Veach's crush was warranted.
He has a relentless motor. He has the ability to play inside or outside. He plays with an edge that more than once led to unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. And he has personality 鈥?just Google the clip of his fumble recovery against Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, when he smiled and waved at the camera.
"I'm a passionate player," Speaks said. "Going to play with relentless effort, and who's basically not going to give up on any plays, man. Just a hard-working Logan Paulsen Jersey Falcons , blue-collar guy from Mississippi."
Kansas City traded the 54th and 78th picks to the Cincinnati Bengals to move up eight spots and grab the second-team All-SEC defensive lineman. The Chiefs also got the 100th overall pick in the deal.
Then, Veach again showed his aggressive streak 鈥?and the need to improve the defense 鈥?by trading the 86th and 122nd picks to the Baltimore Ravens to move up 11 spots to No. 75 and take Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi. The 6-foot-1, 320-pounder is a prototypical run-stuffer.
"I'm coming in trying to learn as much as I can," he said. "I really want to impact this team."
The Chiefs used the last pick of the third round on Dorian O'Daniel, an outside linebacker from Clemson. He was a Butkus Award finalist with the ability to drop back in coverage.
"I had no idea. I was shutting down my draft party. I was literally headed to the exit and my phone started ringing," O'Daniel said. "I can't get any happier than this."
Meanwhile, speaks was somewhat of a late bloomer. He started twice at defensive tackle as a freshman, then became a regular as a sophomore and appeared in all 12 games last season. He started at defensive tackle and finished the season at defensive end, piling up 67 tackles and seven sacks.
The Chiefs struggled to pressure the quarterback and stop the run last year, ranking toward the bottom of the league in both categories. Speaks should help to address both of those problems.
"The Chiefs are right there. They probably needed just a few more players to be that elite team," Speaks said. "I dreamed of playing with Eric Berry. I dreamed of playing with Justin Houston. To hear the Chiefs want to add me to their roster Youth Weston Richburg Jersey , hey, it's a dream come true."
Speaks said he spent time with the Chiefs at the NFL scouting combine and during a long pre-draft visit to Kansas City. He was peppered with football-related questions, of course, drawing comparisons to Terrell Suggs and Tamba Hali, but also about a drunken driving arrest from a couple years ago.
He was also asked about the immature antics he's sometimes displayed on the field.
"There were some issues early in my career in college, and basically just being open with those guys about it," Speaks said. "Just really trying to clear my name since those events happened, and just tried to be open and make sure you're getting a guy that made mistakes but has learned from them."
Before he left town a few weeks ago after working out for the Seahawks, Brandon Marshall picked up a little bit of Seattle-related gear at the airport.
He was that confident an opportunity to continue his career was going to happen with the Seahawks.
”I went in there and bought a couple of things, some shirts, socks because I knew that moment was going to happen. I felt good about the workout Cheap Kyzir White Jersey ,” Marshall said.
Marshall became the latest addition to the Seahawks when he signed a one-year deal Wednesday and was immediately on the field as Seattle continued its second week of OTAs. Marshall displayed some of that gear he bought when he announced on social media his intent to sign with the Seahawks.
His work was limited in his first day, understandably, but it was a sign of how quickly Marshall wants to get this latest – maybe last – phase of his career started.
Marshall is coming off an abbreviated 2017 season where he was limited to five games with the New York Giants due to an ankle injury that required surgery. He was due to make $5 million this season with New York but was released by the Giants in mid-April. At age 34, Marshall said he didn’t have many options after he was released.
”I think the sentiment around the league is that I’m done. And I get it, rightfully so, when you get on the other side of 30 and your production slips and you have a big injury. People count you out,” Marshall said. ”It was an interesting process. It was a humbling process.”
While Marshall had his ankle repaired surgically, he also had surgery on his toe for an injury suffered during the 2015 season while with the New York Jets. The combination of procedures extended Marshall’s recovery, and it was only just before being released by the Giants that he was able to progress beyond just rehabilitation from the surgeries.
Marshall said he was originally going to wait until he retired to have the toe surgery.
”That’s the thing that took the longest. Right when I was released from the Giants, probably a few days later I was able to run pain free. I was able to run routes and do things and train while rehabbing, but it wasn’t pain free. … I’ve been working ever since. I feel good. I don’t feel great. Obviously I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”
Getting Marshall to Seattle is the fulfillment of a wish coach Pete Carroll had early in his tenure with the Seahawks. At that time Cheap Keke Coutee Jersey , Marshall was in the prime of his career and Seattle wanted to make a show of its lakefront practice facility by bringing him in on a seaplane for the visit.
”We flew him into the dock or something like that. It was crazy,” Carroll recalled. ”We went all out. It didn’t work out. We’ve had our eye on him for a long time because of his style of play. Very aggressive. Can be the big receiver in the offense and his playmaking has always been something we’ve kept our eye on.”
The question for Seattle and Marshall is what kind of role he can play now. Carroll has made it clear this offseason that the team is going to be rededicated to the run, but Marshall could certainly be a desired red zone target thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame and the absence of another player like him on the roster. He is three years removed from being a second-team All-Pro in 2015, when he caught 109 passes and 14 touchdowns with the Jets.
Marshall said he had a very candid conversation with the Seahawks during his visit.
”The process they take you through in terms of the screening process is worse than the TSA line,” Marshall said. ”They did their due diligence to say the least and really broke down everything since I’ve been in the league and had some great conversations, some transparent conversations, some challenging conversations and I had to answer some tough questions.”