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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:42 am    Post subject: 2017 KC Chiefs Skeleton Depth Chart Reply with quote

So here's the usual tool I provide - the skeleton depth chart. I'll update throughout the pre-season.

Color codes:

black: 2016 player
bold: under contract through 2017
violet: 2016 Practice Squad player
blue: Free Agent Acquisition
red: Trade Acquisition
green: Draft Pick
orange: UDFA Acquisition

Offense

RT - Schwartz, Witzmann
RG - Duvernay-Tardif
OC - Morse, Fulton
LG - Ehinger
LT - Fisher, Reid

Other Players: Cheek (OL), Devey (OG), Person (C), Battle (OT), James (OT), Brooks (OT), Mama (OT), Tiller (OG)

QB - A. Smith, Mahomes II, Bray

Other Players: Stave

RB - Ware, Hunt, West, Spiller
FB - Sherman

Other Players: Redding

WR - Conley, Robinson
Slot - Hill
WR - Maclin, A. Wilson, Chesson

Other Players: S. Jones, Thomas, Dieter, Kemp, Moore, Stevens, Staples

TE - Kelce, D. Harris, Travis

Other Players: Escobar, Byrd

Defense

DE - C. Jones, Nunez-Roches
NT - Logan
DE - Bailey, Kpassagnon

Other Players: King, Hughes, Barnes, Jenkins, Ali'fua

WOLB - Ford, Hali, Nicholas
WILB - D. Johnson, Eligwe, Alexander
SILB - R. Wilson, March-Lillard
SOLB - J. Houston, Zombo

Other Players: Okine, T. Smith, Ochi, Cliett

CB - Peters, White
NB - S. Nelson
CB - Gaines, Mitchell

Other Players: Acker, McQuay III, Bausby, JR Nelson, Lampkin, Jean-Baptiste

FS - Parker, Murray
SS - Berry, Sorensen, Huff

Other Players: Chappell, Stern

Specialists

K - Santos
P - Colquitt
LS - Winchester

Other Players: Monday (P)
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I trimmed the roster down to 53 players.
Some thoughts:

OL: Witzmann is an unknown to us, however, the brass seems to like him, having kept him on the roster all 2016. Nevertheless, he'll have to fight for his job. Reid is pretty expensive for a backup lineman, however, being able to play four positionsalong the line is a value in itself.

QB: Stave should be out after camp.

RB: I consider only Ware, Hunt and Sherman as set. The other three (West, Spiller, Reaves) will be competing for one or two spots, depending on how the mix of RB, TE and WR shakes up. As of now I have 4 RB plus FB, which may be high considering Hill and (if he stays) DAT can also operate from the backfield.

TE: Weird group. I don't get the O'Shaughnessy trade with Harris up for a suspension. Are they really so high on Escobar and Travis? Wouldn't be surprised if an UDFA cracks the position.

WR: Similar to running back: Maclin, Conley and Hill are set. I don't think they want to repeat the Russell experiment from last year, so Chesson should be safe as well. Robinson, Wilson and Thomas will have to fight for their job. I think Robinson has the best chance as he might still be considered a project.

DL: Set unless injury strikes. Who'll switch sides: Jones or Bailey??

LB: Still an area of concern? Will the old DJ be back? Will Wilson continue to develop or March step up? The same on the outside: Houston? Ford switching sides? What does Tamba have left? Depth behind the starters is a real question mark this year.

CB: Last year's crew returns. Let's hope Mitchell doesn't pull a Marcus Cooper and collapse after a good 2016 season. White and Mitchell will have to watch their backs, McQuay and Acker do have a chance to challenge I think.

S: Similar to CB the 2016 unit returns. The Huff addition may provide some additional depth, but I would not rule out an UDFA taking his (or Murray's) job.

I went with a 10:10 ratio between LB and DBs, I can imagine adding a LB for the 10th DB as well.

The Specialists: Last year's team as well, they bring in some tryout P and LS (and most likely a PK) for Rookie camp as well - but that's more to be able to practice all phases of the game.
However, wouldn't be surprised to see an UDFA PK in camp.

Where might UDFA fit?

Historically (if you can call 4 years history) the current regime added max 1 UDFA to the initial 53 player roster. As of now I see the best option for an UDFA to make it at OL, TE or PK. But this team built (with the exception of LB and TE) nice depth all around, so it's not as easy as it may have been in 2013.

I don't think the team is done, I still expect one or two FA being signed. However, with as little cap space the team has left, those signings won't be fundamental game changers.
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