WR Devard Darling (Baltimore)
CB B.J. Sams (Baltimore)
C Wade Smith (New York Jets)
LB Demorrio Williams (Atlanta)
DE Jared Allen (Minnesota)
LB Kendrell Bell (Unsigned)
WR Eddie Drummond (Pittsburgh)
FB Boomer Grigsby (Miami)
WR Eddie Kennison (Unsigned)
CB Ty Law (Unsigned)
WR Samie Parker (Denver)
CB Benny Sapp (Minnesota)
OT Kyle Turley (Retired)
C Casey Wiegmann (Denver)
DE Jimmy Wilkerson (Tampa Bay)
TE Kris Wilson (Philadelphia)
1 (5) Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
1 (15) Branden Albert, OG, Virginia
2 (35) Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech
3 (73) Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
3 (76) Brad Cottam, TE, Tennessee
3 (82) DaJuan Morgan, S, North Carolina State
4 (105) William Franklin, WR, Missouri
5 (140) Brandon Carr, CB, Grand Valley State
6 (170) Barry Richardson, OT, Clemson
6 (182) Kevin Robinson, WR, Utah State
7 (210) Brian Johnston, DE, Gardner Webb
7 (239) Mike Merritt, TE, Central Florida
Chiefs Fillability Overview
Kansas City's offense was so impotent last year that we saw it playing piano in one of those "Viva Viagra" commercials. It ranked:
- 28th in Passing Yards Per Attempt
- 32nd in the Offensive Hog Index
- 32nd in the Big Play Index
- 32nd in Scoreability, our measure of offensive efficiency
Quite frankly, it's hard to envision an offense that's ever been worse.
Of course, it's much as we expected when Herm Edwards took over the Chiefs in 2006. He inherited what had beenn one of the great offensive juggernauts in the NFL under Dick Vermeil. Just two years later, it's one of the great offensive disappointments in the NFL under Edwards.
The obvious thing to do would have been to re-stock the talent pool on offense.
Yet Edwards and the KC brain trust remained focused in on a defense that, while not great, was certainly much better than the offense last year. The No. 1 pick, for example, was defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey out of LSU. Certainly, he was seen as a player who could help shore up the defensive line following the much-publicized departure of defensive end and 2007 NFL sack leader Jared Allen.
But the Kansas City defensive line was the last Chiefs unit that needed help. It finished No. 5 in our Defensive Hog Index. The offensive line, meanwhile, was dead last in our Offensive Hog Index.
The Chiefs did add a beefy offensive lineman, Branden Albert, with their second pick in the first round. But the Chiefs did not pick up another offensive lineman until late in the draft, and added only one offensive hog, Wade Smith, in free agency. Smith has not started an NFL game since 2004.
Albert, meanwhile, played guard at Virginia, but will start at the pivotal left tackle position for the Chiefs in their season opener. He certainly has the size to play the position (6-7, 315), but definitely not the experience.
The selection of a guard instead of a tackle so high in the draft, meanwhile, is something of a historical anomaly. Guard is one of the positions drafted least often in the first round, as NFL teams tend to build OLs around tackles. It doesn't mean Albert can't become an impact player. It's just an unorthodox selection by a team that needs instant stability, not a project.
Overall, it looks likes the Chiefs made few of the moves necessary to build a competitive NFL offense. The exhibition season, which included a 24-0 loss to the sad-sack Dolphins, certainly did little to inspire confidence in the offense. No wonder the Chiefs open the season at New England 16.5-point underdogs, one of the biggest opening day spreads in NFL history.
Kansas City Fillability Grade: D