Kansas City Chiefs
I think it’s fair to say that the Kansas City Chiefs success in 2018 rests on the shoulders of Patrick Mahomes (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

Talk about a big time either or team. Does anyone know for sure how Patrick Mahomes will turn out? Andy Reid also chokes anytime his team makes the playoffs so there’s that. KC also did some work cleaning out questionable characters like Marcus Peters. I’m not sure this overall roster is really that good either. If Kansas City won 12 games, I wouldn’t be shocked. If Kansas City won 4 games, I also wouldn’t be shocked. What should we be watching for when the Kansas City Chiefs open up training camp in 2018?

3 Position Battles To Watch:

1. Nose Tackle: Xavier Williams, Derrick Nnadi

The days of Dontari Poe do not exist anymore. That’s not a good thing either because Kansas City has not had a real answer since he left. Now we’re down to Xavier Williams and Derrick Nnadi vying for the position. Williams has .5 sack in his three-year career and is pretty much a nobody. I think Nnadi is a good player but he isn’t an ideal fit for the position. While a good player, Nnadi is undersized to be a true nose tackle. Don’t expect this Chiefs team to be world beaters stopping the run.

2. Linebacker: Reggie Ragland, Dorian O’Daniel

Anthony Hitches comes over from Dallas as a big free agent coup to take one linebacker spot. Reggie Ragland and Dorian O’Daniel may actually end up sharing the other duty. Ragland is that typical Alabama bruising linebacker but his coverage skills are shaky. Enter Dorian O’Daniel who flies and can actually cover. This is one spot that may seem iffy but I like the fit.

3. Free Safety: Eric Murray, Leon McQuay, Robert Golden

Ugly. That’s the word used to describe the free safety job for the Chiefs. Eric Murray is best known for his ability to get called for pass interference everytime the ball is thrown his way. I swear I had to double check the other two names on the roster. I know more people in the NFL than people that went to my high school and I had no idea who these two guys were. Adding in no Marcus Peters and this secondary is about to get torched.

Ready To Breakout: Chris Jones

Chris Jones doesn’t get a ton of attention nationally but this is a really good football player. Jones notched 6.5 sacks in his second which is no small feat playing the 3-4 defensive end spot. Jones is a pretty athletic guy for his size and even came away with an interception a year ago. Don’t be surprised if this guy turns into one of the top 20 defensive linemen in the league.

Rookie To Watch: Armani Watts

Yikes. This rookie class for the Chiefs flat out stinks. Let’s hope Armani Watts can develop as an adequate safety. It didn’t look promising during the pre-draft process. That’s about all I have for you.

AFC West 2018 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Gamble Big, Chiefs Lose

Fantasy Sleeper: Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes has a cannon. The problem is he might have two left feet. No one loves throwing off weird angles than this guy but he can bring the heat. Mahomes is the ultimate wildcard. This is Andy Reid’s biggest project yet.

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