Kansas City Chiefs: Best Roster In The AFC West?

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /


Defensive Line

Denver Broncos – Sylvester Williams/Derek Wolfe/*Jared Crick:  Derek Wolfe is a top 3-4 defensive end.  However, he’s anchoring this unit alone.  Sly Williams was the backup to Malik Jackson last year and Jared Crick was a backup until Vance Walker (who used to be the backup to KC’s Bailey and Howard) was lost for the year.  A lot to be concerned about here.  Rank: 4th

Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe/Jaye Howard/Allen Bailey:  The Kansas City Chiefs are loaded with talent on their defensive front with three guys who can rush the passer and defend the run.  Dontari Poe is a freak of nature who is easily in the top five of defensive tackles.  Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard flanking him is almost unfair…almost.  Rank: 1st

Oakland Raiders – *Mario Edwards/Jihad Ward/Justin Ellis/Khalil Mack:  It’s a little tough grading a 4-3 defensive line in a division of 3-4 defenses.  Khalil Mack is a superstar for sure, but the rest of the group is still more potential than production at this point.  They are a young unit and look to be promising, but they just aren’t there yet.  Rank: 3rd

San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa/Brandon Mebane/Corey Liuget:  Glossing over third overall pick Joey Bosa, the Chargers actually have a strong unit here.  Corey Liuget is a stud at defensive end, and the Chargers were clearly looking to get better when they signed veteran stalwart Brandon Mebane.  Mebane and Liuget carry this group.  Rank: 2nd

*Broncos – Vance Waker out for year.

*Raiders – 4-3 defense with two defensive tackles

Total Points – DEN: 14  KC: 23  OAK: 24  SD: 17

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