Chiefs roster predictions Part II

August, 28, 2013
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Earlier I posted my predictions for the final 53 for the Kansas City Chiefs on offense and special teams. Here’s how I see the breakdown on defense:

Defensive line (7): Tyson Jackson, Dontari Poe, Mike DeVito, Anthony Toribio, Jerrell Powe, Allen Bailey, Marcus Dixon. Depth behind starters Jackson, Poe and DeVito could be a problem. Toribio and Powe are big bodies, but inexperienced. Bailey comes in to help rush the quarterback on obvious passing downs.

Linebacker (8): Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Akeem Jordan, Edgar Jones, Frank Zombo, Zac Diles, Nico Johnson. From top to bottom the strongest position on the Chiefs. Hali, Houston and Derrick Johnson are Pro Bowlers. The other starter, Jordan, as well as Jones, Zombo and Nico Johnson, played well in the preseason.

Defensive back (10): Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson, Jalil Brown, Sanders Commings, Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps, Husain Abdullah, Tysyn Hartman. Maybe the toughest position on the team to call. The situation is complicated by Commings’ broken collarbone. He was injured on the first day of training camp and hasn’t practiced since. In his absence, the Chiefs have been sorting through candidates to be a fourth cornerback behind Flowers, Smith and Robinson without much success. They even turned to Abdullah, a safety, as their nickel back in last week’s game in Pittsburgh. Kennard Cox had a nice game against the Steelers. I don’t have him making the team, but if he plays well against Green Bay in the final exhibition game, he could stick.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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