Kansas City Chiefs: Which rookies will make the team?

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Chiefs first round pick Dee Ford is looking to make an impact right away for the team (kcchiefs.com).

With the Kansas City Chiefs only having six picks in the entire 2014 NFL Draft, there is a good chance that all six players will make the team heading into the regular season. This is not always the case when players are drafted, however. A team has a 53-man roster each Sunday and just because a player is drafted does not mean he will play, and just because a player goes undrafted does not mean he won;t have an impact on the team in the regular season.

Locks to make the team

Defensive end Dee Ford cornerback Phillip Gaines both were drafted for specific purposes and that is to have an impact right away for the team. There is a good chance that Gaines will start opposite side of Brandon Flowers this year, while Dee Ford will get his fair share of playing time behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali helping provide a strong pass rush. Both of these players should be on the field a lot this coming season and should be players that are with the team for a long time to come.

De’Anthony Thomas is also a guy who was drafted specifically for the purpose to have an impact right away. Thomas will most likely get to showcase his speed both on offense and on special teams.

Possibility of being cut

The only reason I have Aaron Murray in this category is because he was a low risk high reward pick. With Murray most likely not going to see the field other than in the preseason, the Chiefs have time to decide whether they see a future in him or if they want to look elsewhere. I have no doubt Murray will make the team, but if the Chiefs do go that route, cutting a fifth round draft choice is not the craziest thing to happen in the league.

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Looking to upgrade  

The Chiefs drafted offensive guard Zach Fulton and offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif both in the sixth round this year. Although both play positions in which the Chiefs were in desperate need, I would not put them in as locks to make a roster spot as the Chiefs will most likely sign some veteran offensive line players to compete and add depth to the roster heading into training camp.

The majority of the Chiefs draft picks will make the Chiefs final 53-man roster with little doubt. I do expect the Chiefs to sign a few undrafted rookie free agent wide receies to compete in training camp and into the preseason to help bolster the passing attack for Alex Smith. Many key positions needed to be filled heading into the draft for the Chiefs, and as of right now, the roster seems to be shaping up right where coach Andy Reid would like it to be.

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