Kansas City Chiefs: Which rookies will make the team?

The Kansas City Chiefs boasted one of the top teams in the 2013 NFL regular season, but also had a few very glaring holes that held them back from getting past the 1st round in the playoffs.

In the draft, the Chiefs set out to fix these holes that the top QB’s such as Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck exploited heavily when matched up.

Coming into the draft there was a glaring need to get Alex Smith more weapons to throw to and to fix the shaky secondary that was torched multiple times. Below I will look at the different players added and what their odds are to make the team going forward.

1st round: Dee Ford- Auburn

Ford was a bit of a surprise pick by the Chiefs and left many fans questioning the pick. There was still top tier secondary help on the board with the likes of Darqueze Dennard and Jimmie Ward, both of whom would have fit a serious need, especially facing Manning twice a year.

All in all the Chiefs hope Ford will help provide extra pass rush to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and if he does he will prove to be a very valuable first rounder. Ford’s a sure thing to make the roster.

3rd round: Phillip Gaines- Rice

Gaines makes sense here- he is a good cornerback that has lots of developing to do still but fills a huge need. The conerback opposite Brandon Flowers was a huge issue for the Chiefs last year and Gaines looks to fight for that role. Gaines will be on the 53-man roster come September.

The future of the Chiefs return game has arrived

The future of the Chiefs return game has arrived

4th round: De’Anthony Thomas- Oregon

What’s not to like about this guy? He is Dexter McCluster 2.0- he will come in and fill the hole McCluster left and fill it perfectly.

Nicknamed DAT, he will soon hear those 3 letters being chanted throughout Arrowhead Stadium on kickoff and punt returns. Thomas looks to come in and be an immediate threat on special teams as well as a few plays on offense to shake things up.

Thomas will make the roster and will be an immediate contributor.

5th round: Aaron Murray- Georgia

Easily my favorite pick of the draft- loved the guy in college and love what he brings to the table for the future. With contract talks with Alex Smith looking shaky, the Chiefs looked to secure a possible future at the QB position.

Murray is coming off a serious injury and was set back in the draft for that and other questions about him including size, but who remembers that guy named Drew Brees? I am not saying Murray is the next Brees, but before we knock a guy because of size let’s remember that does not always define a player.

Murray will learn under Smith and have no pressure to come in and play in his first year. Murray will make the team and look to compete for the backup QB job.

6th round: Zach Fulton- Tennessee and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif- McGill

In the 6th round the Chiefs attacked the offensive line. While there was no serious issue with it last year they did lose their best lineman, Brandon Albert, to the Dolphins. Neither one of these guys look to come in and play right away but both look to be competitive and make the roster.

Duvernay-Tardif looks to have a little bit of an edge overall and should feel really good about where he is and his future. Mel Kiper has mentioned multiple times that he really likes him and thinks he could be a big time sleeper.

Neither guy is a lock to make the team but both should be competitive and have good chances to prove their worth, don’t be surprised to see both of them in uniforms come week 1.

UDFA:

RB Charcandrick West, Abilene Christian- Has a chance to make roster, a guy who isn’t great at anything but is solid overall at it all and can pass block, also gives exceptional effort on every play.

WR Albert Wilson, Georgia State- Good speed but very unpolished, could be good special teams man.

RB James Baker, Idaho- Bowling ball, could make team as a special downs type of back. Could be utilized in the 3rd and 4th and 1 situations.

OL Ben Gottschalk, SMU- Good fundamentals but not very high ceiling here, probably coming in just to give guys competition.

DB David Van Dyke, Tennessee State- Not very good chances here, coming in for competition most likely.

S Daniel Sorensen, BYU- Extremely smart player, could come in and push some special teams guys for their spots but not a huge chance.

RB Joey Demartino, Utah State- Slim to no chance of doing much.

LB Ben Johnson, Tennessee-Martin- Not much here, likely cut pretty quickly.

C Cole Pensick, Nebraska- Small and undersized, lots going against him- next Jeff Saturday? We will see but would not hold my breath.

K Cairo Santos, Tulane- Had really nice season 2 years ago, went down last year only going 16-23 including 2-6 from beyond 50, most likely just to make sure Succop does not get too comfortable.

WR Darryl Surgent, Louisiana Lafayette- Slim to no chance of making team.

S Kacy Rodgers, Miami- Played both corner and safety at Miami, very versatile and could prove his worth in that way to stick around, practice squad might be calling his name.

C Vyncent Jones, Utah- Aggressive guy that plays his heart out, we will see if coaches see his passion and see a spot on practice squad for him.

QB Jon Jennings, Saginaw Valley State- For a team that has a plentiful amount of QB’s this is not a good sign for this young man, not much of a chance here.

DT Kona Schwenke, Notre Dame- The unknown guy from the ND defensive line, overshadowed by Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. Had some really nice plays in college when those two guys weren’t making every other play, could make a splash.

G Stetson Burnett, Tulsa- Big and strong, but very raw, has upside and could land on practice squad to develop and hear his name called up in future.

DT Kenneth Carter, Auburn- Teammate of Dee Ford at Auburn, that is about all he has going for him heading into camp.

DE Shawn Shupperd, Eastern Kentucky- Reports coming out of Chiefs camp are high on Shupperd, has a strong knack of getting to the QB and I said it once and will say it again, if you can do that playing in the same division as Peyton Manning, there is likely a spot on the roster for you.

CB Tevrin Brandon, Monmouth- Ran a 4.34 and played a bump and run style in college, has a chance to make roster but they aren’t  high due to all the cornerbacks already on it. An injury to one of the lower level guys and suddenly Brandon finds himself with a fighting chance.

OL Will Latu, Abilene Christian- Good fundamentals but not huge upside, likely cut pretty quick.

LB Brandon Denmark, Florida A&M- Undersized but quick, will be vulnerable against the run and get blocked out easily but could be a specialist on getting to QB. Not a huge chance for him but if he bulks up he could find himself on the practice squad.