When Sports Illustrated’s Peter King visited the Chiefs training camp, he was so impressed with Dexter McCluster that he listed him as one of five rookies he expected to shine this season.
Now as the season is ready to kick off in a couple weeks, King is still on McCluster bandwagon, singling him out twice in today’s MMQB column.
Dexter McCluster could have the kind of impact on the Chiefs that Devin Hester had on the Bears four years ago. Not necessarily in the return game, but in pure explosive play-making ability.
Dexter McCluster will be the most dangerous offensive rookie in the league. I see him as a 1,500-yards-from-scrimmage guy, with a bunch of touchdowns. I’m no fantasy student, but don’t pass him by.
So far in the preseason we have seen very little of what McCluster can do in the open field. In fact, his most impressive moves have been out of traditional running sets which isn’t surprising. When you have a weapon like McCluster there is no reason to show the wrinkles until you absolutely have to.
From a fantasy perspective, I was much higher on his value when there was a thought he would contribute in the return game. With Javier Arenas looking like the main man on both kickoffs and punts, McCluster’s yardage (and more importantly touchdowns) will be on offense.
I still think he’s worth a late round selection, you can wait until your final pick and grab him on potential alone.