The Kansas City Chiefs 2011 NFL schedule was released November 19th, and no one was surprised the Chiefs are slated to face much stiffer completion in 2011. This increase in competition will mean that the Chiefs players, particularly the starters, will have to come ready and prepared when the season starts.
The 2011 NFL Draft saw the Chiefs draft several talented players that will fill several positions of need the Chiefs had. The draft included Jon Baldwin filling the No. 2 wide receiver position; Jerrell Powe filling the much needed nose tackle position; Rodney Hudson bringing some youth to an aging offensive line; and Justin Houston possibly filling the outside linebacker position opposite of Tamba Hali.
When it comes to figuring out the Chiefs' depth charts come opening day of the 2011 NFL season there is a lot to consider. Whether the season starts on time or four weeks late, one thing is becoming clear due to the lockout, the free agent period will close to non-existent in 2011.
If the free agent period is cut short, or does not happen at all, that means team will be scrambling to fill their needs. Luckily for the Chiefs most of the key players, and key positions, are already on the roster and under contract. This makes the task of predicting the Chiefs starters in 2011 a little easier than other NFL teams with several positions still in question.