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Brett Veach changes tempo as Chiefs GM

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The Kansas City Chiefs have had an eventful week of cutdowns and now have the final roster for their first contest against the New England Patriots.

New general manager Brett Veach has displayed a number of traits in the last week in preparing for the final 53-man roster. Some of these traits run parallel to those John Dorsey displayed. While others show a new attitude for the Chiefs’ front office.

New GM changes the pace

Veach was aggressive in acquiring players via trade based on their previous established value within the Chiefs organization. Veach was instrumental in scouting both Cam Erving at Florida State and Reggie Ragland at Alabama. Those evaluations that happened pre-draft in both 2015 and 2016 fueled the desire to acquire them for Kansas City. Both will be in a position to develop on a separate path from their previous organizations.

Veach displayed the willingness to use a new tactic in acquiring roster depth. This tactic is based on trading conditional, low round picks for struggling players.  Veach and the Chiefs had high grades on these players coming out of college. These maneuvers rely heavily on their initial evaluations of players as college athletes. Given the short amount of time both have been in the league, the upside that the team initially saw still exists. In addition, the staff reviewed the film available since the player was drafted by their initial franchise.

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Priority remains Athleticism

One trend that appears to be continuing under Brett Veach is the criteria for selecting players. Under former GM John Dorsey, athleticism was paramount in ranking and drafting players. As the team moves forward with Veach, it appears that athleticism will be a continuing high priority along with technical prowess and prototypical size.

Athleticism is measured in a number of ways but can be most effective when applied to functional tasks on the football field. We have seen players selected for this team be among the top of the Athletic Matrix rankings. This trend has been consistent and looks to continue into the future.

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A University of Kansas grad, Ryan is an Exercise Physiologist and NSCA-certified Strength & Conditioning Coach and data analyst. Ryan founded Rogue Analytics Consulting and developed the Athletic Matrix TM. His focus is player evaluation, roster building, and team management. Ryan has lived in every city in the old AFC West, including Seattle. Follow @RyanTracyNFL for more Chiefs and NFL coverage.

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