#2: Defensive Line – Chiefs defensive line history shows a deep and storied past.
Making a determination between the two position groups which make up the Chiefs “Front Seven” was incredibly difficult and one could easily argue reversing the two without much room for disagreement either way. Despite that, rankings require tough choices and here we gave the nod to linebackers over defensive lineman because, much like the offensive line, the linebackers are buoyed by all-time NFL greats.
But the defensive line group is a terrifying collection of incredible, all-time talent, too.
The Chiefs boast nine 1st Team All-Pro selections and 45 Pro Bowlers on the defensive line, most notably led by Hall of Famers Curley Culp and Buck Buchanan. But the rest of this group is full of impactful starts too, including: Neil Smith, Jerry Mays, Chris Jones, Tamba Hali, Jared Allen, Bill Maas, Art Still, Mel Branch, Dontari Poe, Dee Ford, Dan Saleaumua, Frank Clark, Gary Stills and Paul Rochester.
However you look at it, this group is deep, talented and incredibly intimidating for opposing offenses. It features some of the best pass rushers in league history, coupled with some of the best overall run defenders, too, to form perhaps the most complete defensive line unit in NFL history. If one had the ability to play any collection of four of these players together, they would be unstoppable. The Chiefs came close in 1969, when the Super Bowl IV Champions started Mays, Buchanan on Culp on the front line.