SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Dexter McCluster #22 carries the ball during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
We've got another round of Kansas City Chiefs depth chart talk today as we now look to the defense. We've already looked at the offensive depth chart by position and you can see those posts here: Full depth chart, quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive line.
We'll be running down the defense today but for now here are five random thoughts on the Chiefs (unofficial) depth chart which was released on Monday night.
- The hubbub about Jamaal Charles being listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Thomas Jones is a little much, if you ask me. In the NFL, money speaks. And the Chiefs have made it crystal clear -- to the tune of $30-plus million -- that Charles is an important part of the Chiefs. With the relationship Charles and Jones have, I can't imagine Charles has an issue with the depth chart.
- On the Jones/Charles note, where's the outrage over Leonard Pope being listed ahead of Tony Moeaki on the depth chart?
Dexter McCluster is a running back. We were pretty sure that was the case because he's been running with the backs in training camp but the depth chart still lists him as a receiver. GM Scott Pioli confirmed to Bob Fescoe and Mark Carman on 610 Sports this morning McCluster has indeed been moved to running back with his role possibly evolving over time.
- The receiver depth chart is the most interesting position group for me. I see a few locks -- WRs Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston. And a couple of probablys -- Jerheme Urban and Terrance Copper. That's five receivers right there and possibly one more spot. For now, my money's on Jeremy Horne.
- Kelly Gregg and Le'Ron McClain are the only two free agents who came in from other teams this year that are listed on the first team depth chart.