2015 Depth Charts Update: Kansas City Chiefs
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- The addition of Ben Grubbs on the offensive line helps and, while the former Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints guard finished 2014 with an average grade after an up and down season, he was our 11th highest graded guard in 2013. He’s the only player without significant question marks about his ability on the offensive line however, with Eric Fisher the most notable name there. He finished 2014 as our 12th lowest graded offensive tackle, with the only saving grace being that he was much closer to average in the second half of the season. Much more is expected of the former number one overall pick though, and time is running out for him to prove he can live up to his draft status.
- At wide receiver the Chiefs have essentially replaced Dwayne Bowe with Jeremy Maclin. If Maclin can perform at the level he did in Philadelphia last year that’s an upgrade, but there are still big question marks elsewhere at the position. Jason Avant figures to see most of the time from the slot and, while the veteran has had an impressive career, you have to go back to 2012 to find a season where he finished with a positive grade as a receiver.
- Bringing back Justin Houston was massively important for the Chiefs, and they’ve done just that. That means they can continue to bring second year player Dee Ford along as slowly as required, with the 23rd overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft flashing potential at points last year, but failing to crack the line up consistently, and playing just 122 snaps in the end.
- The Chiefs are solid up front, where they are lead by former first-round pick Dontari Poe. He struggled in the last five weeks of the season in 2014, which keeps him from being in the high quality bracket, but he was our 11th-highest graded defensive tackle in 2013.