Brett Veach is a former scout, promoted to General Manager in only a decade, so it’s no question that the Kansas City Chiefs roster will have his fingerprints all over it. With the recent NFL draft being full of defensive prospects, it will be interesting to see who will make the 53-man roster.
The question more in depth, is, which of some familiar veterans will not start the 2018 season with the team. This draft included a variety of players from defensive linemen to secondary and a lone offensive player. If each player is as talented as their college resume’s imply, then you can almost pinpoint who they would replace. There is no question that there are some defensive players on the bubble following this draft class.
With Armani Watts being recognized as one of the best picks of the whole NFL draft, Daniel Sorensen might need to show this off-season why the team should stay invested in him. Even though he registered 89 tackles this past season, he recovered no fumbles, forced no fumbles and only had one interception in 14 starts. The season before, in which he only started one game, he registered 63 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and a touchdown. Besides the numbers, most could see there was just something missing with “Dirty Dan” this past season. Even with the absence of Ron Parker, Sorensen could be on the bubble.
After 12 seasons with the Chiefs, Tambi Hali was released at the beginning of the off season. There are some striking similarities with the 2nd round pick of the 2018 draft, Breeland Speaks. Both 6’3 and ran a 4.87 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. With the addition of Speaks, veteran Frank Zombo is needing to have a good off-season. Over five seasons with the Chiefs, Zombo has tallied only 7.5 sacks, suiting in all 16 games each season.
Allen Bailey has played in games for the Chiefs in all seven of his NFL seasons. In 13 starts last season, Bailey had two sacks. The Chiefs picked up Kansas City native Xavier Williams and drafted Derrick Nnadi to strengthen a defensive line that has not done well at stopping the run for a couple of seasons now. Bailey has been on this defensive line and will need to show improvement in certain aspects of his game this off season.
There is a lot of speculation following the 2018 NFL draft for Kansas City, but Veach went out and got the guys that he studied and trusted to be able to fit the needs of the team that he inherited this season. The grades on this year’s talent has varied but the fits for these players are undeniable and transitioning to the next level that, sometimes, can make all the difference in succeeding. With his history as a scout, personnel will be something that Veach will tweak as he sees fit, and it looks like the defense will definitely be held accountable!