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Denver and Kansas City headlines

5/26/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson 

Denver

Here's a funny college story about new Denver cornerback Alphonso Smith.

My take: By all accounts, Smith is a good person who works hard. There was no doubting his production as a player at Wake Forest. But the bottom line is, if he doesn't have a huge rookie season and if the Broncos struggle in 2009, the pressure will be on Smith next year. Denver traded its first-round pick in 2010 to Seattle for the chance to take Smith with the No. 37 pick. Smith was expected to be a late-first round pick. Getting him at No. 37 was good value. Still, if the Seahawks end up with a top-10 pick next year through this deal, the trade may not benefit Denver in the long term.

Kansas City

The Chiefs are starting to come together under new coach Todd Haley.

My take: That's a good sign since training camp is about two months away. Every team needs a transition period when a new coach takes over. That's what offseason sessions are for. If the Chiefs feel good now, that will allow Haley to take it to the next level once training camp starts and not dwell on the transition as much.