The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the biggest turnarounds from 2009 to 2010 by going from four wins to 10 wins. The Chiefs still have a little ways to go before they become serious threats to win a championship, but the foundation is there. A big reason for the quick turnaround can be attributed to the early contributions from a very impressive 2010 draft class.
Matt Cassel finally showed that he is in fact a franchise quarterback with an excellent season in 2010. It will be interesting to see how he responds to his third offensive coordinator in three seasons in Kansas City.
Jamaal Charles showed that he can be one of the best backs in the league after turning in another impressive season. Having Thomas Jones there to split carries with him is good because it gives Charles an occasional break from running the football.
The wide receiver position is a bit of a concern presently in Kansas City. Yes Dwayne Bowe is a solid No. 1 receiver and he gives Cassel a reliable target in the passing game. However, there is little else besides him and Dexter McCluster, who is limited by his small size at times.
The offensive line is solid, but we could see some improvements in 2010. Branden Albert is probably best suited for the right tackle position, so the Chiefs could look to find a true left tackle in the upcoming draft. Brian Waters and Casey Wiegmann are both on the downsides of their careers, so the Chiefs will need to make sure they have some suitable long term replacements for when those guys decide to call it a career.
The defensive end position has a lot of talent, and they actually played well in the season. Shaun Smith was a nice surprise and Glenn Dorsey continued to improve. Even Tyson Jackson showed some ability later in the season, but his performance still doesn’t come close to justifying his draft position.
The nose tackle position is concerning, as Ron Edwards is nothing special.
Tamba Hali showed that he is a stud pass rusher at outside linebacker in 2010. Mike Vrabel wasn’t very impressive in 2010, and I expect him to be replaced for next season with someone who can rush the passer better.
Derrick Johnson showed big improvement in 2010, and he actually looks like he could stick with the Chiefs now after a very solid season. Jovan Belcher is serviceable at the other inside spot, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chiefs looked for an upgrade.
The cornerback position is pretty solid with the top three guys. Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr are solid starters, and Javier Arenas was successful in the nickel back role.
Eric Berry showed he deserved to be a top five pick, but he could use some improvement in pass coverage. Kendrick Lewis holds down the other safety spot after a surprisingly solid rookie season for a fifth round rookie.