Kansas City Chiefs Break The Top 10 In NFL.Com’s Power Rankings


Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors award ceremony at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has released his latest batch of power rankings, and the Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in a familiar spot: behind Denver.

This time, at least in Harrison’s eyes, the gap is nearly nonexistent, though. The NFL Now analyst ranked Kansas City No. 9 overall—one slot behind their AFC West rivals.

The top 10:

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Harrison adds:

"The Chiefs are nipping at the Broncos’ heels in the AFC West after adding Jeremy Maclin and Ben Grubbs. Now, we’ve certainly heard all the wisecracks about whether Maclin will catch a touchdown, and how no wideout in Kansas City reached the end zone last year. Not to worry; we won’t exhaust that joke. No, I think Maclin’s 80-1,178-0 stat line will make him a truly valuable draft pick in fantasy. As far as the real draft goes, I have the Chiefs taking a safety or wideout at 18th overall. Maybe an ILB in the early rounds, as well."

Harrison’s a good follow. He’s not the typical rah-rah “football or you’re dead to me” blowhard who has the personality of fax machine. And he knows his stuff.

So I ask this with nothing but absolute respect and seriousness: the hell? (Spoiler: topic’s going off-roading.)

John Dorsey’s one safety away from a Hoarders finale; the roster already has seven of them. In March.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s no telling if Eric Berry will return in 2015, and Tyvon Branch and Sanders Commings have watched more of their team’s games from the couch than the field over the past two seasons.

But when healthy, Berry’s a perennial Pro Bowler, and Branch is, as Pro Football Focus’ Ross Miles put it, “one of the top in-the-box safeties in the league.” Plus, I thought Sanders Commings was, given his Day 3 selection, the most valuable pick of Dorsey’s 2013 draft, and I’ve only been wrong once in my life. (Damn you, Greg Hill.)

Sanders Commings Sticks Knowshon Moreno

Add Husain Abdullah, Ron Parker and special teams wizard Kelcie McCray to the mix, and we’re at traffic-jam status. For all I care, you can swap Daniel Sorensen out for a wind puppet, but the others will have rookies waving “will work for…” signs on the sideline.

Dorsey feels public pressure like Poe feels gnats. He can’t afford to have two first-rounders birdwatching, though.

In other news, I think Harrison’s power rankings are pretty accurate, so there’s that.

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