NFL Mocks is going to do a team by team look at what rookies have the potential to contribute during their first season. Every year there are countless rookies that have major and minor impacts. Everyone expects the 1st round picks to make an impact but we hope to point out some other players that may help your favorite team win games.
The Kansas City Chiefs will look to reincarnate the New England Patriots franchise’s magic this season. They hired Romeo Crennel to be defensive coordinator and Charlie Weis to coordinate the offense. Some people thought that they missed on some draft picks, but when it comes down to it, the draft is about taking the best players and never reaching. I think the Chiefs are headed in the right direction with GM Scott Pioli.
Eric Berry: Berry was drafted to be a starting safety and that’s exactly what he’ll be doing in KC this year. He’ll go through some growing pains early on, as is the case with every rookie, but by the end of the year, he’ll be looking like a real pro. He’s been running with the first team in training camp since the beginning.
Dexter McCluster: Just get the ball into his hands in space and let him do his thing. He may be small, but he looks like a real playmaker so far in the preseason. He’ll be in the slot as a wide receiver, but he could be lined up in any number of positions in the Chiefs’ offense. Kick returning duties are also a possibility. He’s officially listed as a wide receiver.
Javier Arenas: Will battle McCluster for kick returning duties in camp. An undersized corner, he’ll be used in the nickel back to start off his career with Kansas City.
Tony Moeaki: He looks to be the best option for a pass catching tight end for the Chiefs this year.