Chiefs believe late-round medical gambles could pay off big

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FILE – Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (73) blocks against Georgia in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., in this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, file photo. Tennessee guard Trey Smith says he has no problem explaining his situation, even a million times if he must. He played college football while dealing with a condition that can cause blood clots, and Smith says it’s unique. But he wants to play in the NFL, so he has no problem detailing the plan his doctors and specialists put together allowing him to do just that. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs used a pair of late-round picks on players with a history of medical problems but undeniable upside. In the fourth round they took defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, whose career at Florida State was interrupted first by hamstring injuries and then a significant right leg injury in 2019. In the sixth the Chiefs took Tennessee offensive linemen Trey Smith, who had blood clots in his lungs that may have been a red flag for other teams.  If both can stay on the field, the Chiefs might have gotten the kind of steals that allow a winning team to stay on top.

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