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An updated look at the Chiefs depth chart before the 2020 draft

The Kansas City Chiefs started the free agency period off slow. In fact, it looked somewhat bleak with the losses of Kendall Fuller, Steve Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Reggie Ragland. However, with the resigning of Demarcus Robinson, Bashaud Breeland, and Anthony Sherman, plus adding the franchise tag to Chris Jones and restructuring Sammy Watkins’ contract, the Chiefs appear to be bringing most of the Superbowl squad back for another run at it.

Here are the moves that they have made to date:

  • Resigned wide receiver Demarcus Robinson
  • Signed free agent offensive lineman Mike Remmers
  • Signed free-agent cornerback and special teams ace, Antonio Hamilton
  • Resigned quarterback Chad Henne
  • Chiefs placed the franchise tag on defensive end Chris Jones
  • Restructured wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ contract
  • Signed free-agent tight end Ricky Seals-Jones
  • Signed free-agent running back DeAndre Washington
  • Resigned fullback Anthony Sherman
  • Resigned cornerback Bashaud Breeland

With these moves in place, here is a projection of the 2020 Chiefs depth chart:

OFFENSE

* Indicates new addition

 STARTER2ND3RD
QBPatrick MahomesChad Henne 
RBDamien WilliamsDarwin Thompson*DeAndre Washington/Darrel Williams
WRTyreek HillDemarcus Robinson 
WRSammy WatkinsByron Pringle 
WRMecole HardmanGehrig Dieter 
TETravis Kelce*Ricky Seals-JonesDeon Yelder
LTEric FisherGreg Senat 
LG*Mike RemmersAndrew WylieRyan Hunter
CAustin ReiterNick Allegretti 
RGLaurent Duvernay-TardifMartinas Rankin 
RTMitchell Schwartz*Mike Remmers 

The main thing to point out with this is that Mike Remmers has been a starter everywhere he has been and has played several positions along the offensive line. I have him projected to start over Andrew Wylie at the left guard position.

DEFENSE

*Indicates new addition

 STARTER2ND3RD
LDEAlex OkaforTanoh KpassagnonDemone Harris
LDTChris JonesKhalen Saunders 
RDTDerrick NnadiMike Pennel 
RDEFrank ClarkBreeland Speaks 
WLBAnthony HitchensEmmanuel Smith 
MLBBen NiemannDarius Harris 
SLBDamien WilsonDorian O’Daniel 
LCBBashaud BreelandRashad FentonAlex Brown
SSTyrann MathieuArmani Watts 
FSJuan ThornhillDaniel Sorensen 
RCBCharvarius Ward*Antonio HamiltonChris Lammons

One key point here is that the Chiefs are bringing most of the squad back on defense. This is remarkable considering that at the beginning of last year, the defense was the weak spot of the organization. Now, they could use a linebacker in the draft and some more competition for nickel cornerback, but it is safe to say that Andy Reid and Steve Spagnuolo feel confident in this group being able to run it back.

SPECIAL TEAMS

*Indicates new addition

 STARTER2ND
PKHarrison Butker 
P*Tyler Newsome 
PRMecole HardmanTyreek Hill
KRMecole HardmanTyreek Hill
LSJames Winchester 

Now, I hope I am wrong with Newsome on this one, but if the Chiefs do cut ties with long-time veteran Dustin Colquitt it would save close to $2 million against the cap. I want to see Colquitt end his career in Kansas City, but as we’ve seen time and time again, the NFL is a business and a harsh one at that.

Obviously, a lot of things can change between now and week one of the NFL. More people can be brought in, trades can be made, and surprise cuts can happen in the preseason. I like what Veach is doing so far and it appears that the Chiefs should be primed to get back to the Superbowl in 2020.

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