The top four inside linebackers on the Kansas City Chiefs roster are locks to make the final 53 man roster. They won't be affected much by Saturday's big cut down day where NFL teams must go from 75 to 53 players on the roster.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley called the competition at inside linebacker one of the best of the offseason but predictably wouldn't comment on whether it's Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher or Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays taking the lead.
"We have more information," Haley said at his Tuesday afternoon press conference. "We have more snaps but fortunately we're going to have even more snaps. I think those guys are fighting. They all want to play."
Though Haley suggests that they'll all have a big role on the team, it was Williams and Mays who started 16 games last year and DJ and Belcher saw limited time and didn't have a "big" impact. I mention this because it's more likely that one group will eventually take the lead here. I'm not sure how often you want to be rotating them in and out.
Haley said beyond the top four inside linebackers, Cory Greenwood is a guy who's made them take notice more often on special teams.
"Justin Cole's in the mix,' he said. "David Herron's stepped up considerably. He's a late addition last year that's quietly gone about his business and continued to get better. I'd say there's more competition across the board at that inside linebacker spot which I'm excited about."
Sounds like it's been a decent position group through the offseason. Seven inside linebackers will be whittled down by one or two players by Saturday.