Arrowhead Guys has decided to analyze the roster, position by position, following the draft in order to project the Final 53 Man roster and identify interesting roster battles to keep an eye on. In order to predict the number of players that will make the final roster per position we analyzed trends for the Kansas City Chiefs offense from 2016-2018 and the New York Giants from 2007-2008 and 2017 to determine number of offensive and defensive players kept at each position by both Andy Reid and Steve Spagnuolo.
Currently Under Contract: 13
|Jimmy Murray||67||C||6-5||304||2||Holy Cross|
|Cam Erving||75||OL||6-5||313||5||Florida State|
|Austin Reiter||62||OL||6-3||300||4||South Florida|
|Eric Fisher||72||T||6-7||315||7||Central Michigan|
|Ryan Hunter||60||T||6-5||322||1||Bowling Green|
|Pace Murphy||70||T||6-6||308||2||NW State-Louisiana|
|Justin Senior||65||T||6-5||329||2||Mississippi State|
|Andrew Wylie||77||T||6-6||309||2||Eastern Michigan|
Projected Roster Spots: 9
Andy Reid loves his Offensive Linemen. In the years we reviewed Andy has kept 9-10 OL. We’re not going to break it down by position because Big Red likes to keep that flexible but we are predicting the Chiefs carry 9 to line the trenches. Prior to the draft we were projecting the Chiefs to keep 10 at OL, but looking at the strength of the roster we found a position elsewhere worthy of the extra body.
The Chiefs offensive line was ranked as the 6th best on pass block efficiency according to pro football focus. Going forward that would seem to be their top priority considering the way the NFL is going, and the guy they have under center. They were ranked 13th overall in the regular season, so the run blocking wasn’t as great as it was in years past, but with most of the starting lineup returning next season, and hopefully the injury bug taking a break, they should be able to improve that mark. Look for them to continue to value pass blocking and versatility among all other traits when bringing in young or veteran offensive lineman.
The @Chiefs offensive line were rated with the 6th best pass-blocking efficiency rating this past season.— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 9, 2019
The best pass-blockers in 2018 (100+ pass blocking snaps):
1. RT @MitchSchwartz71
2. C @MMorse61
3. C @ReitErDie78
4. OG @JeffAllen71
5. LT @Big_Fish79#ChiefsKingdom https://t.co/AORzBpChbl
Eric Fisher (@Big_Fish79)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
Fisher had the most notable year of his career, as he made his first Pro Bowl & had the most 70+ graded games in his career with 8.
6 of those 70+ graded games came in the final 8 games, and 6 of those final 8 games had 80+ pass block grades for Fisher
Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
Schwartz finished the year as our Bruce Matthews Award winner for best Offensive Lineman.
Schwartz came in with an overall grade of 83.6 (#2 OT, 1100+ snaps) and pass blocking grade of 85.6 (#4 OT, 1100+ snaps), both career bests.
Austin Reiter (@ReitErDie78)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
Reiter came in for Mitch Morse and greatly helped the #Chiefs, getting a 74.2 Overall grade (#6 C, 250+ snaps), 81.0 Pass Block grade (#8 C), & 68.8 Run Block grade (#4 C).
Reiter allowed just 3 pressures in his 4 games starting.
Andrew Wylie (@RealAndrewWylie)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
Wylie came in after Duvernay-Tardif’s injury and was more than serviceable, having eight 70+ pass block graded games and three 85+ pass block graded games in his 13 starts at RG, as well as three 75+ overall grades in the final 4 games.
Pace Murphy (@PaceMurphy)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
Murphy has 2 seasons of good preseason production, 2016 with the Rams (77.6 Overall, 90.7 Pass Block, 67 total snaps) and 2018 with the 49ers (74.1 Overall, 76.5 Pass Block, 69.1 Run Block, 126 total snaps).
Murphy has not yet played for the #Chiefs.
Ryan Hunter (@RyanKHunter)— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
Hunter was signed after the 2018 Draft by the #Chiefs.
Hunter played 170 preseason snaps & received a 60.1 Overall grade, including a 72.4 grade against Chicago.
Hunter received grades of 85.0 in 2015 & 74.8 in 2017 at Bowling Green.
#ChiefsKingdom Want more on these players?— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 15, 2019
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New additions to the Chiefs 90 Man Roster include the Chiefs 7th round draft selection out of Illinois Nick Allegretti, who Dan Harms reviewed here, and Undrafted Free Agent Dino Boyd out of Cincinnati.
More on new @Chiefs OG Nick Allegretti— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 27, 2019
T-1st in Pass Blocking Efficiency among Power 5 OGs in 2019 Draft class (99.4)
0 sacks in last 15 games, 0 QB hits in 2018
#2 Pass Block grade among FBS OGs in the 2019 Draft class (90.3) behind #14 pick Chris Lindstrom#ChiefsKingdom
The @Chiefs selection a pick 216— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 27, 2019
Illinois OG Nick Allegretti (@Gretti_53)
Unranked on the PFF Draft Big Board
-2018: 76.8 (#11 OG, 300+ snaps)
Pass Block Grades
-2018: 90.3 (#3 OG, 300+ snaps)
-2016: 69.2#ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/1RGdBCvzL6
Dino Boyd OL Cincinnati displayed his athletic ability along with his power at The College Gridiron Showcase! Here is what he had to say about his experience! @D1Adino @nfldraftscout pic.twitter.com/iSMURN3m1S— Gridiron Showcase (@CGSAllStar) February 8, 2019
Before the draft Arrowhead Guys had the following to say about the OL position:
We all know that the starting lineup of Fisher, Erving, Reiter, LDT, and Schwartz are all going to make the team. I expect them to keep Mckenzie, they love his upside and Wylie has already shown the ability to make an impact. Erving has the ability to play center…Reid and Co love versatility along the offensive line. McKenzie is the only young lineman I guarantee is on the roster come training camp. The Chiefs need to add a full time backup center, Reiter played well in Morse’s absence but is rather limited athletically and Reid loves to pull his guards and centers. Chiefs probably look on day 3 to add a center to back up Reiter and give him some competition in training camp.
Not much has changed in our projections since before the draft, and the Kansas City Chiefs were wise to do exactly what we suggested in trading depth at center in the 7th round who will compete for the starting job.
I’m confident all the roster locks will make the team, leaving one open spot. Currently Hunter and Murray are the two players I have competing for that final 9th roster spot, and I’m going to give it to Ryan Hunter, as the Chiefs need another player outside at tackle, and Hunter at 6’5 and 320 lbs fits the mold of an Andy Reid behemoth OT.
Roster Locks: Fisher, Schwartz, LDT, Erving, Reiter, Wylie, Allegretti, McKenzie
Bubble Busters: Murray, Hunter
Camp Bodies: Boyd, Murphy, Senior