KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Kendrick Lewis #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles Brandon Gibson #11 of the St. Louis Rams during a pre-season game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
I've already passed along 10 things to remember about the offense. Here's 10 more on the defense:
The only UDFA to make the roster is DE Brandon Bair. The Chiefs signed 12 undrafted free agents throughout camp and Bair, whose Oregon Ducks couldn't hang with LSU last night, was the only one to make it. We predicted pretty early on he would make it. It was fairly obvious from the get-go that he was a talented player who had played in big time games before.
Nose tackle shakes out as expected.
The Chiefs had NTs Kelly Gregg, Anthony Toribio
and Jerrell Powe. Toribio had some injury issues in the last couple weeks so that's something to keep in mind but it's not surprise that the Chiefs went with Gregg and Powe. The older veteran plus the draft pick.
I was wrong on DL Amon Gordon. The KC Star's Adam Teicher and 610 Sports' Nick Wright had Gordon on their final 53 predictions but I disagreed with them. Turns out, they were right and I was wrong (that's a first....not). Gordon is a classic NFL journeyman having played for seven NFL teams previously. We'll see if he can make an impact in KC.
There's work to be done at inside linebacker. LB Brandon Siler's injury, a season-ending Achilles', was tough for the Chiefs. He was competing with LB Jovan Belcher and now there's no depth behind Belcher. Will that be LB Demorrio Williams or LB Cory Greenwood? Those two represent all the depth at inside linebacker behind LB Derrick Johnson. I'd look for someone to be added here at some point.
Absent any new signings, here's your starting front seven: DE Tyson Jackson, NT Kelly Gregg, DE Glenn Dorsey, OLB Andy Studebaker, LB Jovan Belcher, LB Derrick Johnson and OLB Tamba Hali.
The Chiefs have five first round picks that are expected to start on defense. My count has Jackson, Dorsey, DJ, Hali and Berry starting. Flowers was a second rounder and the rest were fifth and sixth round picks or undrafted.
Only two changes to the Chiefs starting defense. Last year there were two differences: OLB Mike Vrabel started over Studebaker and NT Ron Edwards started over Gregg. So this is pretty much the same defense.
Justin Houston and Cameron Sheffield will make outside linebacker interesting
. I like both these guys a lot. Houston came on strong during the preseason after missing the first week of camp and Sheffield, after going on IR early last preseason, showed some speed coming off the edge. They're going to challenge Studebaker.