“The Right 53″ Version 4.0

The Chiefs are ready to pack up their things in St. Joe and head back to Kansas City.  But as we know, camp is far from over and there are still plenty of jobs to be won throughout the roster.  There seems to be a solid push from a few undrafted free agents along with some veterans that won’t go down without a fight.

Here is another prediction of the Chiefs final roster.

Is this “The Right 53″?

Quarterback (3)

Matt Cassel
Brodie Croyle
Bill Stull

Running Back (4)

Jamaal Charles
Thomas Jones
Javarris Williams
Tim Castille

Wide Receiver (6)

Dwayne Bowe
Chris Chambers
Dexter McCluster
Jerheme Urban
Terrance Copper
Jeremy Horne

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
Shaun Smith
Wallace Gilberry
Alex Magee
Derek Lokey

Linebacker (9)

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

Cornerback (5)

Brandon Flowers
Brandon Carr
Javier Arenas
Maurice Leggett
Travis Daniels

Safety (5)

Eric Berry
Kendrick Lewis
Jon McGraw
Donald Washington
Reshard Langford

Specialists (3)

Dustin Colquitt
Ryan Succop
Thomas Gafford

Last Five In

Jeremy Horne
Derek Lokey
Javarris Williams
Jake O’Connell
Bill Stull

First Five Out

Kestahn Moore
Quinten Lawrence
Barry Richardson
Ike Ndukwe
Garrett Brown

Bubble Thoughts

Until Brodie is back on the field and proves he’s healthy you have to assume the team will carry three quarterbacks.  The only question is which Pitt signal caller gets the nod?  Stull has barely been on the roster for two days, but he has stepped in and looked like the guy that’s been in town for all of training camp while Palko has struggled.  Assuming Croyle doesn’t play this weekend, Stull and Palko could be playing for that final roster spot.

Running back behind Charles and Jones continues to be very intriguing.  Moore has been very impressive, but he’s on the sidelines right now with an injury and with no solid information on how serious it is, that makes evaluating his standing on the team very difficult.  If he is healthy, Moore (Jones’ shadow) will get the nod but the longer he is out the more likes Williams or Jackie Battle gets the nod instead.

There could be some interesting moves at fullback too.  Castille and Mike Cox continue to compete there, but the possibility of bringing back Tony Richardson has to start creeping into the discussion.  The former Chiefs great is said to be on the bubble in New York, and he would be the perfect addition to this team.

No one is ready for him to start opposite Dwayne Bowe, but Horne is looking very good to be one of the undrafted free agents to make the final roster.  He stretches the field, has shown great hands and would be one of the tallest receivers on the roster.  Horne is still raw, but as I’ve said before, is already a better prospect than Quinten Lawrence.

The third tight end is still too close to call.  Just when O’Connell started to play well, he missed a week of practices.  UDFA Leroy Banks was impressive early on and then didn’t seem to capitalize on the extra snaps provided by O’Connell’s injury.  This could be the Chiefs main target when teams across the league start making their cuts.

Do the Chiefs decide to carry a ninth offensive lineman?  If they do, it could be anyone of three guys that all bring versatility to the table.  As the line starts getting their collective health back and Rudy Niswanger works some at guard, it leads me to believe Haley will stick with eight along the offensive line.

The defensive line and linebackers seem fairly solid.  However, don’t forget about UDFA Garrett Brown.  He received some praise from the head coach and could have a shot at that last spot on the line though he seems more likely to end up on the practice squad.

It would be a low number, but in the defensive backfield Kansas City could decide to go with just four corners to add depth elsewhere.  With Donald Washington, you have a guy that can backup both positions and would prevent the team from ever getting too thin at corner.

With the two most important preseason games on the horizon, the bottom quarter of this roster will continue to be very fluid.  Check back next week for another round of predictions on the final 53 man roster.

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