QB (3): Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton
Mahomes is the unquestioned starter, Henne is the veteran presence, and Litton is the developmental QB.
FB (1): Anthony Sherman
As long as there is a FB on this offense, Sherman is the guy.
RB (3): Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Darrel Williams (Spencer Ware on PUP)
Hunt is the returning league rushing champion. West could lose his spot when Ware is ready to return. Darrel Williams is a rookie runner with a lot of upside.
WR (6): Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson, Jehu Chesson, Byron Pringle (DeAnthony Thomas on PUP)
Hill, Watkins, and Conley are likely the starting X, Z, and slot. Robinson and Chesson have experience in the offense. Pringle is a rookie WR that could develop into something special and offers some kick returning ability. When DeAnthony Thomas returns, he likely forces his way back onto the roster if the kick and punt returner role haven’t been claimed yet.
TE (3): Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, Jace Amaro
Kelce is a stud at TE and isn’t going anywhere for a while. Harris should resume his role as the backup. I like Amaro’s ability, and if he is able to fight off the injury bug, he could be a free agency steal.
OL (9): Eric Fisher, Parker Ehringer, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Mitchell Schwartz, Bryan Witzmann, Cameron Erving, Jordan Devey, Kahlil McKenzie
Fisher, Ehringer, Morse, LDT, and Schwartz are the starters. Witzmann, Erving, and Devey are solid depth pieces. McKenzie should be a practice squad guy, but will probably make the roster as a developmental guy.
DL (6): Chris Jones, Xavier Williams, Allen Bailey, Derrick Nnadi, Jarvis Jenkins, Dee Liner
Jones and Bailey are returning starters. Nnadi and Williams should have an intense battle to be the starter at nose tackle. Jenkins and Liner provide decent depth.
OLB (5): Justin Houston, Breeland Speaks, Dee Ford, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Frank Zombo
Houston is an all-pro. Ford is a returning starter. Speaks and Kpassagnon are solid players that should see plenty of action, and Zombo is an insurance policy in case Speaks or Kpassagnon struggle.
ILB (4): Reggie Ragland, Anthony Hitchens, Dorian O’Daniel, Terrance Smith
Ragland and Hitchens will lock down the middle. O’Daniel will have a role in the defense somewhere, possibly just starting out on the nickel defense to get his feet wet. Smith adds some depth.
CB (6): Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson, David Amerson, Keith Reaser, Tremon Smith, Arrion Springs
Fuller, Nelson, and Amerson should be in the mix for starting spots going into camp. Reaser, Smith, and Springs are young guys that will have to earn their spot on the team. Smith has the added bonus of kick return ability. Ashton Lampkin will be fighting for a spot as well.
Safety (4): Eric Berry, Daniel Sorenson, Armani Watts, Eric Murray
Berry and Watts are the only no doubters to make the team at the Safety position. Sorenson has experience in the defense but will have to fight off Murray, Leon McQuay, and Robert Golden to lock down 1 of the remaining Safety spots.
Specialists (3): P Dustin Colquitt, K Harrison Butker, LS James Winchester
Not much changing from this group. Just stick with what works.
Chiefs Film Room – Oakland Raiders
Flashback to 2014 for Kelvin Benjamin’s Draft Science
He was a poster Child… literally the image at the top of the 2014 Draft Science article on the Wide receivers in that years’ NFL Draft.
Now, He’s a Kansas City Chief…
Here’s the pdf of the original Draft breakdown… Draft Science 2014 – the WRs