Kansas City Chiefs: Reviewing the Rookies

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Oct 25, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley (17) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Morse

I’ll hold my hand up. I was one of many that criticized the selection of Morse in the second round of the 2015 draft. While it was clear to see the character of the Missouri offensive linemen, it was his football ability that many doubted. He lacked the arm length to play tackle, looked too weak to play at guard and was inexperienced at center. Well, how wrong was I?

PFF recently graded him in the top 10 for rookie of the year candidates. This shows how well the young center has been played. When you consider he’s been playing next to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and an offensive line that has struggled all year, Morse’s performance is even more impressive. The rookie’s intelligence has been a particular highlight, as he’s been able to call out protections and pick up opposition blitzes. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Morse’s game is his pass protection. His feet are excellent, and he very rarely gets bull rushed. Morse has been a revelation, and Dorsey should get full marks for the pick so far.

Chris Conley

After a run of wide receivers were taken in the third round, Dorsey decided to trade up to take the Georgia wide receiver with 76th-overall pick. Conley was a combine star, running a 4.35 4- yard dash at 6-foot-2 with a vertical jump of 45 inches. That is the sign of a phenomenal outside weapon. Unfortunately, Conley has struggled greatly with his hands through the first few weeks. He was consistently hauling in tough catches and dropping simple ones, however, in recent weeks, his performances have improved.

With Jeremy Maclin injured in the Week 7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Conley stepped up with six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. He graded out with PFF at +2.0, which is his season high so far. Conley’s playing time has increased throughout the season, and with recent improvements in performance, he could make the WR2 position his opposite of Maclin.

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