Kansas City Chiefs: Top 10 Prospects

Jamaal Charles (AP/Ben Margot)

Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and profiles the Kansas City Chiefs. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Chiefs top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
RB
5-11
199
3
23

The Kansas City Chiefs third round pick in 2008, Jamaal Charles played in all 16 games as a rookie, and in a situational role backing up Larry Johnson, he rushed for 357 yards on 67 carries. But, this past season, Charles emerged as a starter in 10 of the 15 games he played in and rushed for 1,120 yards on 190 carries and seven touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown. This season, Charles will be joined in the backfield by veteran Thomas Jones, who signed as a free agent during the offseason. Charles is expected to be the featured back, but Jones will receive 8 - 10 carries a game.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 3rd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
FS
6-0
211
R
21

A three-year starter at Tennessee and one of the nation’s premier playmakers, Eric Berry is a once in a decade type of defender, and him being available with the fifth overall pick was a steal for the Chiefs. He is a complete safety who has the athleticism and quickness to be a cornerback, the ball skills to change the complexion of a game and leadership qualities that will have an immediate impact at the next level. He’s expected to be a starter from day one and has a chance to capture the Defensive Rookie of the Year award if he’s able to produce the way he did in college.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 1st Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
5-9
187
3
24

Not blessed with great size or blazing speed, Brandon Flowers has developed into a quality starter at the cornerback position and has showcased elite instincts in his first two years in the league. A starter in 13 of the 14 games he played in as a rookie, Flowers recorded 62 tackles and two interceptions, one in which he returned for a 91-yard touchdown. This past year, Flowers took his game to another level as a starter in 15 games; he finished the year with 65 tackles and five interceptions. Entering his third year, Flowers could make a run at his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OT
6-5
316
3
25

At Virginia, Branden Albert primarily played the guard position for three years. But, when the Chiefs selected him in the first round of the '08 draft, the plan was to move the versatile Albert to the tackle position. It's been an up-and-down transition for the talented lineman, who has started 29 of a possible 32 games thus far. And, while he's shown flashes of dominance, his nine sacks allowed this past year were the fifth most in the league. Despite his struggles in '09, Albert is expected to remain as the Chiefs starting left tackle this season.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 1st Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-1
297
3
24

Glenn Dorsey was a dominant force at LSU as a four-year starter, but has yet to fulfill his promise in the NFL. Dorsey has proven to be a durable performer in his first two years, but the sack totals that were expected of him haven't come to fruition. He has just two sacks in 30 career starts and due to his lack of production he's been the focal point of many trade rumors the last two off-seasons. Dorsey is expected to start at defensive end this season, and the Chiefs are hoping he finally lives up to his potential.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 1st Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-4
296
2
24

A year after selecting one LSU Tigers defensive lineman (Dorsey) in the first round, the Chiefs turned around the ensuing year and drafted another in the form of Tyson Jackson. In what was considered a reach taking him with the third overall pick in the '09 draft, Jackson struggled during his first year in Kansas City. A starter in 14 of the 16 games he played in, Jackson recorded 38 tackles, but no sacks. Transitioning to a 3-4 defense may have caused Jackson's unproductive rookie campaign, but he will be expected to produce this season.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
5-9
172
R
21

An undersized, but ultra-productive hybrid threat on offense, Dexter McCluster brings a level of excitement that's rare on the football field. The Chiefs second round pick in this year’s draft has a chance to take what he did on Saturdays and immediately perform the same way on Sundays. McCluster can be used in many ways on offense, but the perfect role for him this year is to be the Chiefs’ slot receiver. He's so dangerous in space, and every time the ball is in his hands, it's must see TV.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 2nd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
5-9
197
R
22

If it weren’t for his size, Javier Arenas would have been a first round pick in the 2010 draft. But, at 5-foot-9, 197 pounds, Arenas fell to the second round and into the lap of the Chiefs. A physical corner who has great playmaking ability, Arenas plays bigger than his listed dimensions. He had an impressive 2009 season for Alabama, as he collected 71 tackles, 12 for a loss, five sacks and five interceptions. He will compete for the nickel corner position this year in Kansas City and will also be expected to contribute on special teams in coverage and returns.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 2nd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
6-0
207
3
24

A sleeper selection in the fifth round of the '08 draft, Brandon Carr went from an unknown to an immediate starter. Carr has started every game since he entered the league, and while he's been inconsistent at times, he brings a physical style to the field. He's amassed 135 tackles and three interceptions in 32 career starts.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 5th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-3
298
2
23

This was a toss-up between Alex Magee and Wallace Gilberry. Gilberry had a tremendous '09 campaign and collected 4.5 sacks in a situational role. But, Magee is younger and more explosive, and should receive more playing time this season. In limited action as a rookie, Magee played in all 15 games, starting one, and recorded eight tackles and two sacks. If Dorsey or Jackson struggle in the early going, Magee could emerge as a starter this year.

Drafted by Kansas City in the 3rd Round (2009).


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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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