Kansas City Chiefs: 3 Bold Predictions for KC's Rookies in 2012
Although first-round pick Dontari Poe is already receiving a lot of attention heading into the summer, I expect other KC rookies to throw themselves into the spotlight this season.
Here are my bold predictions for Kansas City's rookie draft class in 2012.
Dontari Poe Will Start Every Game at Nose Tackle, but Still Struggle Mightily
This might not sound like a very bold prediction for new Chief Dontari Poe's first year in the NFL.
However, when you take a closer look at it, it looks more and more bold.
It's common for rookie defensive tackles to struggle in their first year in their league, but it's not as common that they are still able to start in every game of the regular season despite their struggles.
This is precisely what I see happening for the ex-Memphis star in his inaugural year in Kansas City, as second-year DT Jerrell Powe is the only other player who has a chance of unseating him as a starter this year.
Devon Wylie Will Score at Least Two Touchdowns on Special Teams
When the Chiefs selected former Fresno State wideout Devon Wylie in the third round of April's NFL draft, they got more than just a talented wide receiver.
They got an electrifying return man on special teams as well.
Wylie averaged just over 11 yards per punt return in college, as he also excelled in kick returns for the Bulldogs.
With his amazing speed, he has the potential to be very dangerous in the return game for K.C. in the future.
I can see him utilizing his vision and quickness on returns to find pay dirt more than once in his rookie campaign with the Chiefs.
Cyrus Gray Will Win Chiefs Rookie of the Year
One of the best picks that the Chiefs made in this draft was their sixth-round selection of RB Cyrus Gray.
Gray has great vision and deceptive speed for a running back, and could be in for a bigger year than expected with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis both coming off of injuries that they suffered last season.
I see Gray getting many touches in K.C.'s offense this year, as he could be be a major weapon in their backfield down the road.
I expect the 22-year-old back to have a solid rookie campaign, which will propel him to win the ROY award on this team.