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Le’Ron McClain, Running Back: The last good fullback that wore a Chiefs uniform was Tony Richardson. Since then, Kansas City has been, for the most part, ineffective at the fullback position. Signing a two-time All-Pro is a step in the right direction. He should improve an already stellar running game, bringing great downfield blocking with him. A
Steve Breaston, Wide Receiver: When Kansas City was looking for a good slot receiver, Breaston’s name came up several times. The last time he was very successful, Todd Haley was his offensive coordinator in Arizona. Reuniting the two sets the Chiefs up with another dangerous receiving threat. A-
Chris Manno, Wide Receiver: When the signing of Chris Manno was announced, everyone wondered why exactly the Chiefs were signing a player out of Arena Football 2 (its developmental league). What the Chiefs have in Manno, though, is a receiver with fantastic physical attributes. There is no down side to his signing and, if he makes the final roster, Manno will be worth every penny. B
Zeke Markshausen, Wide Receiver: After failing to make the Chicago Bears final roster last season, Markshausen is giving the NFL another shot. Markshausen proved he could catch the ball in college, being named two the second All-Big 10 team his senior year. His chances of making the team are slim however, and Markshausen may spend another season unemployed. C
Charlie Gantt, Tight End: With Tony Moeaki currently injured, signing Charlie Gantt takes on new meaning. Gantt went undrafted despite being one of the most successful tight ends in Michigan State history. Gantt is a good tight end, but he is very raw. He might make a difference, but it will not come without a good deal of coaching. C
Chris Harr, Tackle: With a weak offensive line, Harr is one of four tackles who will be vying for a spot on the final roster. Harr is quick, but he is not the most effective run blocker, an aspect of the Chiefs offense that could leave him on the bench or off the team. C-
Mike Ingersoll, Tackle: Ingersoll is a versatile tackle, having lined also lined up at tight end at the University of North Carolina. Ingersoll is another good pick up for the Chiefs. While he may not be a starter, he should earn a spot as a backup lineman. B-
Butch Lewis, Guard/Tackle: One of the better undrafted guards out there, Lewis was versatile enough to line up at guard and tackle at USC. He will earn a spot on the roster out of training camp and might become a starter in the next couple of seasons. B
David Mims, Tackle: Mims looks to have a very strong future in the NFL. With many draft experts slating Mims to be selected in the fifth round, he went undrafted, allowing the Chiefs to pick him up in free agency. Mims is likely to be a backup but could earn more playing time by season's end. B+
Kansas City addressed their major weaknesses, signing a talented wide receiver in Steve Breaston and a great blocking back in Le’Ron McClain. If the Chiefs had done more with their offensive line, this easily would be an A.
As it stands now, the line is still weaker than Kansas City would prefer, but with the potential to turn into a much more steady group of blockers.
Overall Grade: B