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Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Players Who Could Drop Down Depth Chart in 2012

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IJune 1, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Players Who Could Drop Down Depth Chart in 2012

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    Every year, players on various NFL rosters get pushed around their respective depth chart for a variety of different reasons.

    It could be that a rookie or free agent has come in and has beat them out, or it could just be that they might not have what it takes to get it down in the National Football League.

    Who are some Chiefs that could see themselves slip in the depth chart for this coming season?

    Read on to find out.

OLB Andy Studebaker

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    Former Wheaton College star Andy Studebaker busted onto the NFL scene with a huge game in his first career start back in 2009.

    In that game, Studebaker had two interceptions, including one that he brought back 94 yards for a near touchdown return.

    Since that game, he has struggled to show much else from his outside linebacker position over the past two-plus seasons.

    With Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and second-year man Gabe Miller returning, Studebaker could drop even further down on KC's depth chart this year.

OLB Cameron Sheffield

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    Cameron Sheffield is in a similar boat as the aforementioned Andy Studebaker.

    After two years with the team, Sheffield has yet to prove that he can be a consistent playmaker for this defense going forward.

    If he doesn't step it up soon, he might not see the field at all in 2012.

    Unless he wants to move down the depth chart this season, Sheffield needs to show that same kind of pass-rush ability that he displayed during his college days at the University of Troy.

WR Dexter McCluster

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    Former running back Dexter McCluster was just recently moved back to wide receiver by the Chiefs coaching staff.

    If you're thinking that this will give McCluster a chance to get more touches, then think again.

    Even though KC will be very deep at running back this year, they are even deeper at wide receiver, with Pro-Bowler Dwayne Bowe, veteran Steve Breaston, second-year man Jonathan Baldwin and two other rookie wideouts all vying for playing time this year.

    Although he should still make the final 53-man roster in September, don't be surprised if DMC is at the very bottom of this team's WR depth chart to begin the regular season.

DE Tyson Jackson

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    Last year, Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson was one of the best run defenders for 3-4 defensive ends in the entire league.

    Unfortunately, he was also one of the worst pressuring the quarterback.

    With second-year DE Allen Bailey waiting in the wings to steal playing time from Jackson this season, the former LSU Tiger could be removed from his starting role at some point this year.

    He needs to show that he can do more than just stop the run if he wants to continue to start for this defense.

CB/S Donald Washington

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    Just like many of the other players on this list, defensive back Donald Washington has had a hard time finding his role on this team.

    He has started just five contests in his first three years in the league and has looked very confused and overmatched for a majority of the time that he has been in games.

    Washington started out as a cornerback and has since been moved to safety.

    With Eric Berry returning, to go along with the additions of former Bronco Kyle McCarthy and rookie DeQuan Menzie, expect to see Mr. Washington take a plunge on the depth chart at the safety position this year.

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