The countdown is on for training camp and the debut of the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs. In his MMQB column today, SI’s Peter King listed the five rookies he expects to shine early and a member of the Chiefs draft class is on that list.
Miami pass-rusher Koa Misi (a grinder Tony Sparano will figure a prime role for), San Diego running back Ryan Mathews (should get 275 carries inside and outside), Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (will be helped by Corey Williams taking heat off him at the nose), Cincinnati tight end Jermaine Gresham (great athlete Carson Palmer needs desperately) and Kansas City multi-purpose back Dexter McCluster (Chiefs wanted Darren Sproles in free-agency, missed, and will give Sproles’ role to this guy).
After years of trouble on defense, most of the attention in training camp will be on the progress of Romeo Crennel’s scheme. But as you know, there’s a new coordinator on the other side of the ball as well and McCluster could play a big time role in Charlie Wies’ playbook.
The unfortunate part about King’s evaluations throughout training camp will be that the Chiefs are not among the 23 teams he is planning on seeing in person between now and the end of August. He made the trip up to River Falls last season for Todd Haley’s debut, but has so far decided to pass on Kansas City’s first year in St. Joseph, MO.