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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: The Kansas City Chiefs Love Them Hawkeyes

SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31:  General Manager Scott Pioli watches from the sidelines during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: General Manager Scott Pioli watches from the sidelines during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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WILL THE CHIEFS DRAFT A HAWKEYE FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW? Last week, at Iowa's "Pro Day," Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli stopped by Iowa City to get a closer look at Iowa's pro prospects. Pioli didn't arrive alone, he was joined by head coach Romeo Crennel and position coaches Jack Bicknell Jr and Nick Sirianni.

For Pioli, college football team pro days are about more than just 40 yard dash times and vertical leaps. He says,

"You get to see how other people respond to them, how their teammates respond to them and how they respond to their teammates. You can tell whether they have leadership ability or they are selfish. These are things you can't always get by watching video. You get a better sense of reality by being here and observing."

There's a relationship between Scott Pioli and the Ferentz family. Kirk and Scott have known each other since Kirk's coaching days at Maine. Ferentz didn't hire Pioli at Maine but Scott was the first to offer Kirk's son Brian a job in the NFL. Their relationship has led to the Kansas City Chiefs drafting former Hawks Tony Moeaki and Ricky Stanzi. Pioli said,

"I know I certainly will feel better about players from this program because it's like an NFL program. Kirk runs things here like an NFL program. The other thing is, the players that come out of here, I know there's not going to be a lot of surprises with them. I'm going to know what they are and who they are. I know I'm getting honesty from Kirk and their other coaches. There are other places I go where it's the same way."

The Chiefs have the 11th pick in next month's NFL draft and that 1st pick will not likely be an offensive lineman. They recently signed free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston. The latest mock draft discussions have the Chiefs looking defensive tackle or linebacker with that first pick. Don't be surprised if a Hawkeye name is called in the late rounds. Adam Gettis, Markus Zusevics and Jordan Bernstine could be that player that makes it three years in a row the Kansas City Chiefs draft a Hawkeye.

HAWKEYE FOOTBALL IS ADDING A WALK-ON that can participate in spring football. Alex Malloy, the brother of incoming walk-on Michael Malloy, talked about playing football at Iowa with wide receivers coach Eric Campbell. After several emails and a talk with coach Ferentz, Malloy got the okay to join the team. Alex Malloy is 6'4" 210 pounds and will try the wide receiver position. He hasn't played football since his freshman season at Sioux City Heelan but he was a standout basketball player and earned all-state honors.

MARC MOREHOUSE IS TALKING LINEBACKERS IN HIS LATEST FOUR DOWNS POST. We all know about the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God. There's a brother or cousin or something that's been hating on Iowa's linebackers the last two seasons. Morehouse recaps the list of injuries that left Iowa thin at linebacker last year.

On the positive side, there was playing time and experience for underclassmen. Quinton Alston got his feet wet his first year on campus taking over for an injured James Morris against Northwestern. Anthony Hitchens learned the ropes and Christian Kirksey emerged as a potential star at either outside linebacker position.

With Shane Dibona, Dakota Getz and Jim Poggi back this fall Iowa should have some depth. Throw in Cole Fisher, walk-on Travis Perry and Marcus Collins too.

The Hawks may need an army of linebackers and should try to sneak a few extra onto the field. With the youth at defensive line opposing teams may find it easy to get blockers to the second level. Iowa's linebackers have a history of racking up big tackle statistics. But, you can't tackle the ball carrier if your front four doesn't hold up the line or if you can't get off blocks.

FRAN MCCAFFERY WRITES A LETTER SAYING THANKS TO US FANS. McCaffery calls us the "best fans in the country" in a letter published today on Hawk Talk Daily. McCaffery thanked us fans for our support in terms of both increased attendance at Carver-Hawkeye and noticeable enthusiasm that made CH a difficult place for opposing teams. McCaffery continued to reflect back on the season and finished with a look ahead to next year.

IOWA MEN'S BASKETBALL RECRUITS ARE READY TO GET STARTED ON 2012-13. So far, head coach Fran McCaffery has five incoming high school recruits signed for next season. I write "so far" because McCaffery still has one scholarship left and hasn't ruled out adding one more. The incoming class has finished off their high school careers and are looking forward to starting their college careers.

They signed in November but verbally committed before then. Mike Gesell, Adam Woodbury, Kyle Meyer, Anthony Clemmons and Patrick Ingram have added to the buzz around Fran McCaffery's rebuilding project at Iowa.

Mike Gesell told Hawk Central's Pat Harty,

"The crowds they've been getting are tremendous, I'm really excited to get to play in front of those crowds."

Patrick Ingram also talked to Harty. Ingram said,

"When I took my official visit (coach McCaffery) pretty much set out the guidelines of what he was trying to do. And it sounded pretty good to me. And then the recruiting class we've got now, I'm pretty confident that we can get it done."

Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury will play one more time at the All-American Championships. They will be teammates on the 10 player North squad. Their game is scheduled for 2:00 pm (CST) on April 1st. ESPN3 will have the live broadcast, a tape delayed broadcast will air on ESPNU at 8:00 pm (CST).

ONE IOWA HOOPS RECRUIT IS A 2012 STATE CHAMPION. Anthony Clemmons took a charge and suffered a back injury that ended his night early in the Michigan Class B state championship game. Clemmons' Sexton team still cruised to a 67-32 win, their second title in a row. Clemmons finished with 21 points Friday night in the semifinal game. You can watch the archived video of both games on

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