In the wake of free agency's talent pool reaching its high-water mark, projecting teams' depth charts—for competitive clubs who primarily build through the draft, at least—can be somewhat bland in nature. Roughly five weeks prior to the 2014 draft (May 8-10), that unwritten rule applies to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last offseason, most Kansas Citians blushed like starry-eyed groupies whenever John Dorsey's name breached conversation. Why? Scrolling through Spotrac's list of team transactions, Dorsey signed or traded for 22 new faces—players who ended the prior season on a different organization's roster—between the time of his signing (Jan. 12) and Day 1 of the 2013 draft (April 25).
He was the right-hand man of the savior. A no-nonsense, square-jawed Oprah on Black Friday at Dollar General. Detective James Carter (NSFW) at Heaven on Earth massage parlor.
This offseason, that number has dwindled to eight, or nearly one-third, which in the court of public opinion—namely critics whose salary-cap prowess stems from a Madden disc—is code for complacency.
The projected depth chart doesn't include a slew of marquee free agents, but that doesn't mean that Dorsey is kicking back at One Arrowhead Drive, slacking on the job like the second coming of Peter Gibbons. It simply means that last offseason, the Chiefs spent mounds of money ironing out the details to forge a 2014 playoff contender.
And by the looks of it, it was job well done.