Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Marcus Dixon (96), nose tackle Jerrell Powe (95) and defensive end Miguel Chavis (65) celebrate after a play during the second half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium. San Francisco won 15-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Final Predictions: The Chiefs 53 Man Roster


Okay Addicts, we’ve seen all four of the Kansas City Chiefs preseason games. The roster cuts are coming. Before they are announced, let’s hear who makes your 53 man roster. I’m posting my official prediction below. Let’s see who can get the most correct picks.

Quarterback:
Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray

Running Back:
Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray

Fullback:
Anthony Sherman

Wide Receiver:
Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemmingway, AJ Jenkins, Devon Wylie

Tight End:
Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce, Kevin Brock, FA siging

Offensive Line:
Branden Albert, Eric Fisher, Jon Asamoah, Rodney Hudson, Jeff Allen, Jeff Schwartz, Donald Stephenson, Eric Kush

Defensive Line:
Dontari Poe, Tyson Jackson, Mike DeVito, Jerrell Powe, Allen Bailey, Marcus Dixon

Linebacker:
Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Akeem Jordan, Nico Johnson, Frank Zombo, Edgar Jones, Zac Diles, Mike Catapano

Defensive Backs:
Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Dunta Robinson, Quintin Demps, Husain Abdullah, Jalil Brown, Tysyn Hartman, Kennard Cox

Kicker:
Ryan Succop

Punter:
Dustin Colquitt

Long Snapper:
Thomas Gafford

There’s my picks. Am I right? Way off? Think you can do better? Let’s see what you got!

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Only six defensive linemen? I was also a bit surprised you didn’t have Draughn making the team.
    We’re in complete agreement at wide receiver though.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I struggled with wether or not to put one more defensive lineman. Ultimately I decided that with how much sub package teams run anymore with only 2 DL on the field I didn’t think it was needed. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I’m wrong though. I just don’t see them keeping 4 RBs and a FB in this offense. I won’t be shocked if Draughn makes it, but then I think Gray is gone.

  • corpuschiefsfan

    I think Hammond should make the team!

  • Jason Mickey

    Am I the only one that doesn’t agree with Wylie? Practice squad. Besides that I think minus DB Cox add Draughn. Or do you think Dex is thought of as a RB also?

  • Chiefswatch

    Wylie doesn’t make the team IMO. Anything he is capable of doing, Dex can do better. Hammond Jr should get that last receiver spot over Wylie.

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      I also don’t think he makes it, but figured it would be a bit of a shocker in the Kingdom, surprised at how many fans agree with me.

    • Lyle Graversen

      See my reply to Jim for my thoughts on Wylie.

      • Chiefswatch

        Seems I know my stuff. Perhaps I should write for AA

  • Jim Harper

    Lyle you know I love you man and for the lions share in am in complete agreement. Only one exception. I don’t think Wylie makes it. After the display that Hammonds put on tonight he has to get the nod. He had a fantastic game in both receiving and kick returns, and besides which Wylie appears to have hurt his hammie. If you recall it was that injury that kept him off the field for most of last year. I was pulling for Rico, but Hammonds really took that spot away from him I believe. Maybe Rico makes the practice squad. I also liked how Ridge Wilson #60 played LB. He was all over the place tonight. Another candidate for the practice squad. I really feel like we may be able to put the search for a home grown QB of the future to rest. Bray had a super game. my God what an arm. This will be another situation Rodgers had under Favre only Smith is a far better tutor to learn under. The talent is undeniable.

    • Troy Utt

      I agree Jim… I have been on the soap box preaching about Bray since we were all arguing about the draft. At which time I said I would have been fine had we drafted him in the 3rd rd or later as he was slated if forced to), but was elated KC was able to have grabbed him as an UDFA!
      I honestly believe we lucked out on this one…Time will tell, but dog-gone it makes for an exciting out-look! Of the reports I have seen, many have shown Tysyn Hartman to be a bubble cut with the DB group being so filled with talent, noting it was a shame to have to do so as he was a good player. My point being it would be a travesty to watch another AFCW team pick Hartman up after watching him scorch the field as he has done this pre-season! The interceptions he has had while at DB were just icing on the cake, the blocked kicks (FG & punts) while on special teams has made him worth his weight in gold!!! As always… WAR CHIEFS!!!

      • Jim Harper

        Thanks Troy. I appreciate your input. I think Hartman makes the team. He is just too versatile to not have on the squad.

      • berttheclock

        Until that hamstring injury, I thought Toub would try to talk Dorsey into keeping Wylie for his Special Teams. He not only has been a returner, but, he has played on the kicking teams, as well. Against Pittsburgh, he caught the very speedy returner from Utah, Dunn, from behind.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Thanks Jim, here’s why I think it will be Wylie. Wylie has consistently run ahead of all the other guys fighting for roster spots. He even occasionally gets reps with the ones. Last night he started over all of those guys. Then he tweaks his hamstring. I wasn’t sure about his future at that point, but then I noticed him still in pads standing on the sideline. After the game Reid insinuated that they pulled him just to be safe when it was tightening up. I could be misinterpreting, but I got the impression he was talking about a player he wanted to make sure was healthy for the regular season, not a guy that was fighting for his roster spot. We’ll find out soon enough.

  • L peyton

    Looks about right to me. Go Chiefs!

  • ladner morse

    This game 4 of the preseason presents several dilemmas. Just because the following players had a great game 4, should they suddenly be elevated over their competition?
    Cyrus Gray
    Frankie Hammonds
    Ridge Wilson
    Josh Bellamy

    Lyle… I think you are most likely on target with all your picks. I am in a state of suspended anticipation… like a kid on Christmas morning… because the Chiefs are in prime position to pick up whoever gets cut across the league “first” before any other team. Dorsey spoke again last night during the game about the fact that they are scouting every other team… and that he had informed all the 2nd and 3rd string players on the Chiefs team that they are trying out in this game for every other team in the league too. So……. it follows that Dorsey will be looking to strengthen the Chiefs roster in depth plus possibly bolster the starting unit.

    I think we’ll be surprised to see who other teams let go. If Dorsey flips the switch….. it’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow. Possibly beginning today.

    Thanks for laying the groundwork Lyle. As always… you rock the Arrowhead Addicts attic!

    PS Lyle… do you think Bray could be the #2 QB by season’s end?

    • Jason Seibel

      I think he should be the #2 QB at the beginning!

      • ladner morse

        Last night Lyle asked an interesting question: if Alex goes down, will Chiefs fans be clamoring for Bray over Daniel?

        • Jason Seibel

          They’ll be calling for Bray. but the right move is to play Daniel and let Bray develo for at least a year. with the immaturity issues you don’t want to end up with another Ryan Leaf.

          • oldchiefsfan

            I agree. As much as I was impressed by Tyler Bray’s play last night I want to see him mature a bit more and learn more. I do think there is a possibility we may have seen our QBOTF last night albeit 4 or 5 years from now. I want Bray to do what Aaron Rogers did….study behind a proven starter. Learn what it takes to be a professional and continue to improve. But I will say this about Bray. WOW what an arm!!!!

          • berttheclock

            You raised an interesting thought about how Rodgers was able to sit behind Favre and learn. Whereas, Alex Smith, who was drafted far ahead of Rodgers was forced into action his first season behind a very weak O-line and one of the worst offenses in the league. He only sat behind Tim Rattay for a very short time. His introduction to the NFL was not pleasant.

        • berttheclock

          Perhaps they will be “braying”.

    • Michael Shaw

      Lyle,
      With the new rules about the 3rd string coming in and the starter being able to go back in, would it be feasible to say that the team might bring Bray in for long bombs down the field and then eventually use that as a decoy for 20-30 yard run/pass plays to JC as teams back off when he comes in on long 3rd downs? I am not saying that Alex can’t make long throws, but if the rookie might be more accurate than your starter for plays like that, then why not do it? Or is that likely something Andy would stay away from so that he isn’t screwing with Alex’s confidence?

      • Lyle Graversen

        In my opinion, Reid is rolling with Smith 100%. I said this a while back, but I think Reid wants to do with Smith what Sean Payton did with Drew Brees. I’m not saying that I think Smith WILL be that good, but that’s what Reid is trying for.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Ladner, thanks for the great comment. As far as Bray goes, I think this season will have to go VERY poorly in order for him to see the field. Daniel will continue to be the #2 all season in my opinion. Understand that I think that Bray can physically play QB WAY better than Daniel, but mentally I don’t think it’s smart. This kid interviewed so horribly that he went from a possible first rounder to undrafted. Weather it was lack of smarts or attitude, you don’t fix that in one training camp. Daniel is capable of handling the full playbook and the responsibility of leading the team. He may not physically execute it as well, but I think Reid will still take the guy he trusts over the raw talent. Bray is a definite keeper, but don’t plan on seeing him again until next preseason.

  • Michael Anthony Dine

    Yeah Hammond has got to make the team in some way hes done awesome. And Rico definitely on the practice squad. He’s gonna be awesome some day

  • berttheclock

    Two TEs, perhaps 3, of GB will be cut. Andrew Quarless, D J Williams and, possibly, Brandon Bostick. BB is the former basketball player with athletic skills the Packers have been shopping. He has the most potential. However, Quarless was the main TE who backed up Finley. When, he suffered a season ending knee injury, Williams took his place. Quarless missed last season with that same injury. BTW, Williams was taken in the 2011 5th round one pick after Pioli took Gabe Miller. He has caught three passes for GB. Former Arkansas product.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Yup, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a GB TE was on our roster in a couple of days.

  • berttheclock

    With the development of Bray, Hammonds, Jr and Richardson, it shows the fine efforts and eye of John Dorsey for bringing in excellent UDFAs. That was his pattern in Green Bay while working under both Wolf and Thompson. Hammonds has shown the flashes of excellence he displayed moving up the ladder at Florida. But, he is still young and is one who will win your heart one moment and break it the next. He had a 75 yard TD for the Gators, then, turned around and dropped a perfect 3rd down throw in the end zone which forced a FG. But, Geez, can Dorsey find young talent or what? This is how championship teams are put together. More than just lucking into top draft picks. Dorsey is showing the wisdom he learned from Wolf and Thompson and he learned a GM’s main goal is to constantly evaluate talent and never stop scouting, whether it be in the college ranks for draft picks or UDFAs or at the pro level, both the NFL and Canadian.

    • Justin R Groth

      we actually drafted Jr. last year in the seventh round. Otherwise I see what your saying.

      • berttheclock

        Don’t get your “Junior”s confused. Frankie Hammond, Jr was signed as an UDFA this year. Junior Hemingway was drafted last year.

        • Justin R Groth

          Sorry your comma confused me

  • PunjabiPete

    Man after last night’s game I know I don’t want to be Andy Reid today, those guys played their hearts out and left everything they had in them out on the field… At least from one fan I appreciated the effort and wish nothing but the best for those getting cut, well, nothing but the best until you play the Chiefs. Then I want you to lose. Thanks!

  • Roc

    I like your predictions but I think lane makes it over Dixon and for some reason I think Bellamy is gonna make it over Wylie

  • Michael Shaw

    Wow there is a lot of hate going on for Wylie. I think if the hammie has started acting up again, then the team needs to unfortunately move on from him. I just hope SD, DEN or OAK don’t pick him up!! That would break the bank IMO!!!

  • tm1946

    Admire the effort but just not sure. We just do not know Reid well enough to figure the bottom 10 guys.
    Definitely feel we need another TE from waiver wire or street. The “if” guys at WR may well not be there for the regular season. Moeaki remain in the mist, will he or won’t he. DBs, there are many who deserve consideration, although Brown is one I feel might move on.
    Who know, not me but great article no matter how it turns out.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Yeah, it’s a guessing game, but I’d be surprised if I missed on more then 3 or 4 guys.

  • berttheclock

    I would love to see “The Sun Also Rises” tomorrow with Hemingway making the team.

  • Caleb Wylie

    I like the receiving corps, there is talent, there are options to throw to. And about the D line, I think I would include Lane

    • Lyle Graversen

      I ultimately picked Dixon over him because I feel like Dixon can rush and play the run.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Thanks to everyone for the responses. I thought a lot about the last couple spots. I was strongly considering Austen Lane, Anthony Toribio, Shaun Draughn, and Tony Moeaki. I ultimately went with Kennard Cox because I didn’t feel good about them only carrying 4 corners with how Robinson has been banged up a lot this preseason. None of those guys I just listed would surprise me if they made it though.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I should have included Sanders Commings on that list too. His injury makes him a total wildcard.

  • KCMikeG

    Nice work Lyle! Agreed on QB (Sorry Stanzi) and RB (Great depth and totally Gray over Draughn). Sherman has been exceptional. Don’t think Wylie can stay healthy ala Moeaki (Sorry Tony) and gets bumped by Richardson or Hammond. The great depth at TE has slipped with Mo gone and Kelce has battled injury. Harris is too raw & Brock has been ok. I say let’s grab Shiancoe and/or Fells.

    Agreed on the OL with the caveat that Kush is struggling but he is young and could develop. Like the way the DL has progressed from a concern to a strength. I would switch Dixon for Martin or Toribio. I like Diles & Catapano as LB’s but would really like to see Ridge Wilson or Martin – the bonus is they both play DE/LB. Finally like your DB picks but think McDougland has gotten better every week earning him a spot over Cox.

    Great work Lyle – Go Chiefs!

  • chief4ever

    Hammond stays: Wylie goes – he is a Pioli guy . With all the TE injuries, I think Harris makes this team. I know we are supposed to need a FB, but I would rather hit the waiver wires for blocking TE or blocking RB. Really hope that Bray is the back up QB by the second week since we will only dress two QB’s . Still think he is one smart year away from franchise QB. Go Chiefs !

  • Don417

    You whiffed on Hartman and Dixon. Not a good start so far.