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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Chiefs' new look D-line looks good

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com' s Bill Williamson

Take notice of what is going on regarding the Kansas City Chiefs' defensive line. The team is reconstructing the unit. I like what they're doing.

This week, the Chiefs inserted second-year player Tank Tyler at defensive tackle, replacing Ron Edwards. This is the second change on the unit during training camp. Earlier in camp, fellow second-year player Turk McBride fought his way into the starting lineup at defensive end.

With these two moves, this is how Kansas City's defensive front looks: McBride and Tamba Hali at end and Tyler and Glenn Dorsey at tackle. Hali and Dorsey are first-round picks, while McBride and Tyler are second-round picks.

Hali is a fine player, and McBride has been excellent in the preseason with three sacks, which leads the NFL after two games. Dorsey, who is expected to get extensive playing time Saturday in Miami for the first time after a knee injury, is a can't-miss prospect. Tyler looks to be a fine complement. Thus, this should be a fine defensive line.

Yes, it is a young group, but that's the way the Chiefs are at every position. It may take a while for everything to develop, but the Chiefs are on their way up and this young defensive line is going to be a big part of it down the road.