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2018 KC Chiefs Skeleton Depth Chart

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There are some players where the status for next season is unclear as the Chiefs don't release the duration of contracts signed. I provide my best guess here.

black: 2017 player
bold: under contract through 2018
violet: 2017 Practice Squad player
blue: Free Agent Acquisition
red: Trade Acquisition
green: Draft Pick
orange: UDFA Acquisition

Offense

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

Other Players: Gordon (OT), K. Johnson (OG), Wylie (OL), Devey (OL), McKenzie (OG), Hunter (OT), Murray (C), Koroma (C)

QB - Mahomes II, Henne, McGloin

Other Players: Litton

RB - K. Hunt, Ware, West, Dam. Williams
FB - Sherman

Other Players: K. Williams, Moore (FB), Dar. Williams

WR - WatkinsConley, Robinson
Slot - Thomas
WR - Hill, Chesson

Other Players: Kemp, DieterBravermanMarks, Pringle, Smallwood, Mack

TE - Kelce, Harris, Amaro

Other Players: Wright, Ellis

Defense

DE - C. Jones
NT - X. Williams, NnadiHamilton, Charles
DE - Bailey, Jenkins

Other Players: McGill (NT), Liner (NT)

WOLB - SpeaksFord, Kpassagnon
WILB - Hitchens, Eligwe
SILB - Ragland, O'DanielTe. Smith
SOLB - Houston, Zombo

Other Players: Holmes, Davidson, Niemann, McCray

CB - Nelson, Reaser
NB - Fuller
CB - Amerson
Redmond

Other Players: Lampkin, Dorleant, Tr. Smith, Springs, Wade, Reaves, Durham

FS - WattsMurray, McQuay III
SS - BerrySorensen

Other Players: Sterns, Golden

Specialists

K - Buttker
P - Colquitt
LS - Winchester

Other Players: ---

 

Edited by KC_Guy

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Reordered the Safeties, what do you think?

And what about the OLB position opposite of Houston? Zombo seeing some serious competition? He's got only 170 k$ in dead money if released ...

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I'm new!  Good stuff around here, guys.

 

That said, sorry; my first post is going to be nitpicking. :)  O'Daniel won't be playing safety.  Big Red & Veach have both been quoted saying he'll be a dime package LB and special teams ace in year one.  If he impresses, he could potentially earn more time, but he'll mostly only be playing on passing downs to cover TEs, RBs and play down hill to shoot gaps.  As for Watts, I like your optimism, but I think it's Murray's job to lose.  Watts has huge playmaking ability, but he's pretty undisciplined and will need to learn not to gamble as much in the NFL.  I think that as soon as he can show an ability to adjust that part of his game, the job will be his.

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25 minutes ago, VexMilkWaterfall said:

I'm new!  Good stuff around here, guys.

 

That said, sorry; my first post is going to be nitpicking. :)  O'Daniel won't be playing safety.  Big Red & Veach have both been quoted saying he'll be a dime package LB and special teams ace in year one.  If he impresses, he could potentially earn more time, but he'll mostly only be playing on passing downs to cover TEs, RBs and play down hill to shoot gaps.  As for Watts, I like your optimism, but I think it's Murray's job to lose.  Watts has huge playmaking ability, but he's pretty undisciplined and will need to learn not to gamble as much in the NFL.  I think that as soon as he can show an ability to adjust that part of his game, the job will be his.

Welcome. 

J

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1 minute ago, onejayhawk said:

Welcome. 

J

Thanks!  I lurked for a while and finally decided to register after seeing so many people on the board down on this draft class.  I'm putting together a new topic to explain why I'm excited about it.

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6 hours ago, KC_Guy said:

Reordered the Safeties, what do you think?

And what about the OLB position opposite of Houston? Zombo seeing some serious competition? He's got only 170 k$ in dead money if released ...

If I am reading this right, Speaks is not intended for OLB. They want him to add bulk for DE. A 2-gap DE would be very welcome and they are hard to find. The real use in the nickel. Whether you call it 2-4 or 4-2, DE is an interior pass rush position.

I agree, Z may be in for a real fight. Not just Kpassagnon but also Eligwe. 

J

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38 minutes ago, onejayhawk said:

If I am reading this right, Speaks is not intended for OLB. They want him to add bulk for DE. A 2-gap DE would be very welcome and they are hard to find. The real use in the nickel. Whether you call it 2-4 or 4-2, DE is an interior pass rush position.

I agree, Z may be in for a real fight. Not just Kpassagnon but also Eligwe. 

J

Not entirely, no.  Big Red & Veach both said they want him to be our ROLB.  However, with his size and experience at anywhere from 3 technique to 7 technique, they also value his versatility on the DL.  Being able to line him up anywhere in blitz packages or on the line in different fronts is mainly why they seem to like him so much.  Plus, he plays with such a high motor that he'll be in the play regardless of where he lines up.  He doesn't have elite burst or bend, so don't expect him to be the next Von Miller.  I think Justin Tuck is probably the best NFL comparison for Speaks, even though he's slightly more athletic than Tuck was.  I see Kpassagnon as more of a true 3-4 DE than anyone on our roster not named Chris Jones.

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To clarify: I don't see O'Daniel as a true Safety but something like Sorensen played often in light packages: close to the box. Berry did it with some real success like three or four years ago? I have no clue how to indicate that on a standard depth chart. In the end it only matters if he is franchise one day - as LB are paid a bit better than S.

That said: I'll move him back to LB ... :D 

As for Speaks: The Chiefs list him as a LB, and Reid compared him heavily with Tamba. We probably 

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On 5/1/2018 at 1:41 AM, KC_Guy said:

To clarify: I don't see O'Daniel as a true Safety but something like Sorensen played often in light packages: close to the box. Berry did it with some real success like three or four years ago? I have no clue how to indicate that on a standard depth chart. In the end it only matters if he is franchise one day - as LB are paid a bit better than S.

That said: I'll move him back to LB ... :D 

As for Speaks: The Chiefs list him as a LB, and Reid compared him heavily with Tamba. We probably 

This I agree with. He'll be a LB with a lot of coverage responsibilities. The term Dimebacker is descriptive. He lacks size, but he has great range and is a hell of a blitzer by reputation. 

J

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