From the FanPosts. -Chris
As much excitement as the Chiefs' draft has caused for many Chiefs fans, myself included; I think it is important to temper that excitement with some reality.
Some of the draft picks will or might start (Berry, Moeaki, Lewis). Others will play large roles (McCluster, Arenas). And others will be project players to be molded for the future (Asamoah, Sheffield). Sheffield will likely play the role of a situational pass rusher this year and will most likely see limited action. He may get a sack or two even but he won't play much of a role for us in 2010 as he was drafted to be a project for future seasons.
If we are to see any improvement in our pass rush then it will have to be from within and that will mostly rest on the shoulders of Andy Studebaker and how much he has improved.
More on this after the jump.
Studebaker will probably see significantly more playing time this year than what he saw last year. He appears to currently be the heir apparent to Vrabel and is Vrabel's understudy. He showed a lot of promise last year in his limited opportunities. He showed good coverage ability and also demonstrated burst and explosiveness coming off the edge.
IMO, Studebaker isn't far off from being ready to assume the full-time starter role. If Studebaker has taken the next leap and improved this offseason, then he could be ready to become a starter. He must prove this through his production.
Part of that will be in his coverage but the most focus will be directed on how well he can rush the passer. Others such as Tyson Jackson (and his improvement) and Javier Arenas will also factor into improving the pass rush, but the main spotlight will fall on Studebaker.