Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News is a pretty darn good talent evaluator as far as the media goes and, after a visit to Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph, MO, he says Andy Studebaker is a guy to keep an eye on.
Primarily a special-teamer in his first two seasons in Kansas City, Studebaker has shown a knack for plays in his limited exposures on defense. As an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, Studebaker intercepted two passes and returned them 96 yards last season. But his college background is as a pass rusher, garnering Little All-America honors at Wheaton College with his 30 career sacks. The Chiefs will need him rushing the passer in 2010, not in coverage.
Studebaker panning out would be a big get for the Chiefs. They didn't invest much of anything in the front seven and, after 2010, there's a chance they'll lose Mike Vrabel.
It's possible Studebaker will see more action in 2010 because, as Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star noted this morning, at times the Chiefs have been putting Studebaker in Vrabel's spot in nickel situations and moving Vrabel to the inside. Studebaker is also seeing more first team snaps but that's also due to the fact that Vrabel, as a veteran, doesn't need all the training camp snaps.
If he can put together another solid season -- albeit in limited action because of Vrabel's presence -- it would be very big for the Chiefs. That's one less spot they have to focus on in the draft and more evidence for Todd Haley to show his team what happens you buy into the system.