You've heard it all before.
NFL rookies need time to develop in a system. There's a steep learning curve when transitioning from college to the pros. The preseason is not a strong indicator of a player's/team's ability because it's played half-heartedly and with a vanilla playbook.
You've heard it all before, and you just don't care.
It's been seven months since the Super Bowl, eight months since the last Chiefs game, and 19 months since Kansas City played a game that had a spark of hope for progress (that would be the Chiefs/Ravens playoff game for those keeping score at home).
So it stands to reason that there should be something to hang your arrowhead-shaped foam hat on. There should be some indicator on what's going to happen in Kansas City; will this be another season lost to injuries, weak personnel, and poor discipline, or can the Chiefs finally do something special this year?
Overused cliché or not, championship teams build their roster through the draft. They augment with free agents, but those guys just out of college are the cornerstone of a team.
They are the source of excitement for this season (or lack thereof). So even with all the qualifying statements about how it's too early to really assess where Kansas City's rookies are, we're going to do just that and evaluate where our top rookies stand.
Why are we doing this? It's because Chiefs fans need something to feel good about, and there are plenty of bright spots in this year's rookie class.