“The Right 53″ Version 1.0

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs roster is down to 80 players (not including the still unsigned Jarrad Page) and OTAs are officially over, we have a pretty good idea about which players will be making the trip to St. Joseph, MO for training camp.

So what better time to take a stab at which players will make up the final roster.

Understanding that it is still June and we have yet to see these players go against each other in pads, I have no issue looking at guessing the final roster as nothing more than a roll of the dice.  I’ll do my best to avoid big red, but I promise nothing (bonus points for translating the craps reference).

Is this “The Right 53″?  You decide.

Quarterback (3)

Matt Cassel
Brodie Croyle
Tyler Palko

Running Back (5)

Jamaal Charles
Thomas Jones
Tim Castille
Kestahn Moore
Mike Cox

Wide Receiver (6)

Dwayne Bowe
Chris Chambers
Dexter McCluster
Jerheme Urban
Terrance Copper
Quinten Lawrence

Tight End (3)

Tony Moeaki
Leonard Pope
Jake O’Connell

Offensive Line (8)

Branden Albert
Brian Waters
Casey Wiegmann
Ryan Lilja
Ryan O’Callaghan
Rudy Niswanger
Jon Asamoah
Colin Brown

Defensive Line (7)

Tyson Jackson
Ron Edwards
Glenn Dorsey
Alex Magee
Wallace Gilberr
Shaun Smith
Derek Lokey

Linebacker (9)

Tamba Hali
Mike Vrabel
Derrick Johnson
Corey Mays
Demorrio Williams
Andy Studebaker
Jovan Belcher
Pierre Walters
Cameron Sheffield

Cornerback (5)

Brandon Flowers
Brandon Carr
Javier Arenas
Travis Daniels
Maurice Leggett

Safety (4)

Eric Berry
Kendrick Lewis
Jon McGraw
Donald Washington

Specialists (3)

Dustin Colquitt
Ryan Succop
Thomas Gafford

Last Five In

Mike Cox
Colin Brown
Jake O’Connell
Derek Lokey
Tyler Palko

First Five Out

Brad Cottam (PUP)
Ike Ndukwe
Barry Richardson
DaJuan Morgan
Lance Long

Bubble Thoughts

You can make a legitimate argument for anyone in the final five in/out to be on the other side of the line.

If Cottam is healthy in training camp, then I would swap him with the shaky O’Connell.  But until he comes back and shows his neck is healthy, he has to be considered on the outside looking in on the final roster.

The versatility of McCluster and Castille make the running back position after Charles and Jones very interesting.  Right now McCluster is listed as a wide receiver, but could fill both roles and allow them to go without Moore (just outside the last five in).

The fate of Ndukwe and/or Richardson will be decided by the progress of Colin Brown.  Is he ready to backup both tackle positions or will he spend training camp at guard?  With Asamoah, there shouldn’t be a huge need for depth at guard and could lead to a swap of Ndukwe or Richardson for Brown.  It just seems to me that the team has invested so much in Brown that they would carry an extra lineman before cutting him loose.

Morgan and Long both get caught in a numbers game.  Going with two rookies at safety is dangerous, but so far Berry and Lewis seem up to the challenge.  The Chiefs broke camp with four safeties last year and should do the same again this time around.  Long was inactive at the end of last season and likely will be fighting Lawrence for the final spot at WR.  Speed should be the deciding factor in that contest.

Lokey is a guy that has had some run with the first team defense during OTAs but will be pushed plenty during training camp.  His spot very well could go to a Dion Gales, Jeffrey Fitzgerald or Bobby Greenwood.

You won’t find any undrafted free agents currently on the list, so we have to watch out for one or more rookies to turn some heads in training camp and shake up a few of the position battles.

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