Jan 4, 2014; Newport Beach, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford (30) during the BCS National Championship Media Day at Newport Beach Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Which Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Will Have The Most Impact? [Poll]

Kansas City did not have a huge draft class this year but they did select some players who should have immediate impact on the team. Here are the three guys most primed to contribute in a big way starting week one.


De’Anthony Thomas has the best chance to contribute the most on offense when it comes to scoring touchdowns. His return ability should be explosive in Dave Toub’s system and he has a chance to produce some big plays in the second half of the season. Health will be a concern as well as how long it takes Thomas to absorb the offense.


Marcus Cooper was a able to hit the ground running in Bob Sutton’s defense immediately. Can Phillip Gaines be the next defensive back to do the same? The added speed and flexibility Gaines brings to the secondary could prove to be incredibly valuable this season. Getting better play out of the role occupied by Dunta Robinson last year could give the Chiefs’ defense a big boost.


People are going to be focused on the sack number for Ford, a number that is not likely to be exceptionally high this year because of the limited snaps he’ll see. What matters most is if Ford can cause pressure on the quarterback or take on some blockers to give Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, or Dontari Poe a one-on-one situation when he is on the field. Kansas City desperately needs depth to their pass rush and Ford will shoulder the burden of leading the next wave.

Those are the three primary guys who could be the most important rookie contributor. Who do think will be the most impactful of those three rookies? Or is the most important rookie not listed above? Let us know.

Which rookie will have the most impact in 2014?

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  • area

    While technically only a rookie in NFL terms, I voted for Dressler. He has experience versus faster opponents than most college players see in his coming through the CFL, He is also in his prime both physically and mentally, I just hope he can break any bad habits the Canadian style football instilled into him.

    • berttheclock

      Interesting call. Did you know the Bolts are trying a pass rusher from the CFL? He said the hardest thing he had to learn playing in that league was to adjust to playing so far off the line. He overcame that. I believe Dressler will adjust as well to living the line of scrimmage on the snap. Will be very interesting competition up at St Joe.

    • Ben Nielsen

      I hadn’t considered him. Good call.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Thomas will have the biggest impact because he’ll have the most opporutnity to make one.

  • tm1946

    I chose Thomas because he will have opportunity to get on the field. But wouldn’t it be something if Murray was the guy? If healthy physically and mentally capable of starting QB in the NFL his first year, talking rookie of the flaming franchise history. Would be something to see.

    • Hawthorne

      I love Murray, I think he’s gonna be great for us, but he would have to be a genius to pick up Reid’s offense that fast. Next year I think he has a solid shot to start.

    • Bdiddy

      Consider the environment Rodgers was placed into when drafted by GB…he was given three years grow and learn McCarthy’s system before being handed the reigns. Of course, this was also necessitated by Favre’s need to retire and un-retire a few times, but the end result was (I believe) better for Rodgers because he wasn’t thrust into the fire. Murray could be very good for us especially if he is given time behind Smith.
      BTW – I would ten times rather have Murray mentored by Smith rather than Favre. Smith has a cerebral approach to the game which you would definitely want passed on to Murray, and Favre’s bad habits you don’t want the protege picking up…

  • berttheclock

    I would think it would be DAT, but, I would love to see it be Ford. He said something very interesting in a recent article about him. That was how his competitive nature took charge in clutch situations. He mentioned he loved to be the stopping force on a drive ending play. He mentioned the Texas A&M game where he shut down Johnny Football at the end of the game and Auburn won. Many gifted athletes disappear in crunch time. The few who take command are rare. Ford appears to be one of them.

  • Jacob

    I just voted for what I hope is true. I want Gaines to come in and have an immediate impact.

  • Calchiefsfan

    DAT because he will have opportunities both on special teams and offense. Reid had to figure out ways to use Dex’s skill set so he should be able to plug and play DAT in those same plays.

    Ford I expect to come on in the second half of the season in similar fashion as Houston did his rookie year, especially if Ford is on the field the same time as Houston, Hali and Poe. You just can’t double all those guys. That’s a four man rush that has the potential to be the best in the NFL.

  • Tyler Alexander

    It depends on how you define impact. I think Thomas will have the higher numbers but I don’t expect him to give us more than what McCluster gave us last year so the impact is a bit of a wash. On the other hand, Ford and Gaines give us options we didn’t have last year that adds an element the opposing offense has to plan for. We need Gaines to have the biggest impact as bad as the secondary was the last half of the year imo.

    • area

      I agree with what you are saying, but remember please, DMc moved the chains 37 times last year. Took the entire team on his back during the Washington game and started a snowball effect of positive plays. Averaged in the top percentile of ALL returners last year. If DAT can emulate and duplicate that in his first year, the sky is the limit, but the NFL is the big boys league for a reason and a certain amount of learning curve is expected.

  • scomstock55

    yeah…just the simple math (touches…time on field) dictate that DAT will have the biggest impact

  • sidibeke

    I think it’ll be DAT because of the return game.

  • Hawthorne

    I think DAT is pretty clear. 1. More opportunities 2. Best coaches (Reid on offense Toub on ST). Don’t count out Dee Ford though, they didn’t draft him to sit on the bench for a year. We may see his impact more in Hali and Houston being healthy at the end of the season as a result of rotation. If that’s the case, Dee will make a much bigger impact than DeAnthony.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I’ll break from the pack and say Ford. I get that DAT is more of a sure thing to see touches and should have an impact right away on special teams at least, but Ford is the more elite talent and elite talent gets on the field. The Chiefs are basically in the “sub package” about 50% of the time anymore. I’m guessing that you’ll see Ford on the field for a lot of those snaps. Wether its resting Houston or Hali, Hali sliding inside, or Ford and Hali on the outside with Houston dropping into a nickel LB spot where he could blitz or drop into coverage. They won’t keep that kind of elite speed rusher on the sideline just waiting a year for Tamba to go and free up a spot. I don’t think 10 sacks are out of the question.

    • area

      I voted for another cat, but I would really like to see Ford take this title. There is something special about this guy and I believe it’s a matter of months, not years, before the NFL has to pay attention also.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    I think Gaines will be the best rookie because he’ll get the most opportunities to play.

  • Ian Hill

    Dee ford, Phillip Gaines, and De ‘Anthony Thomas will do the best out of entire 2014 rookie class in there assigned position. Called it!!

  • Blake Molina

    Thomas has to be, because of the home run threat. However, if we’re talking long term, I’ll take Ford. If groomed properly, he’ll be a great rusher for years to come.

  • Tony Parker

    I think Peyton Manning’s ass hitting the turf will be the biggest impact when Dee Ford slams him on the ground. I think he will see lots of playing time in sub packages and maybe on the field with hali & houston at the same time. We needed another pass rusher and you don’t draft one in first round to sit on the bench. imo.

  • michael mckee

    I have very little faith in our draft picks.we draft an injury riddled backup with our first pick,a zone corner whos weakness is man coverage(our scheme)with our 2nd pick,a qb that may never see the field……I have very lil faith in our draft