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Projected 2014 starters: Kansas City Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DT
Dontari Poe
WR1
DE
WR2
OLB
TE1
ILB
TE2
ILB
LT
OLB
LG
CB1
C
CB2
RG
SS
RT
FS

» No team has taken more offseason hits than the Chiefs. They'll have two new starters on the offensive line, and they didn't get Alex Smith the help he needed at wide receiver or tight end. Donnie Avery, Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano are all starters that the team would ideally upgrade from.

» First-round draft pick Dee Ford will add pass-rushing skills off the bench behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Ford should be Hali's eventual replacement.

» With no second-round pick this year because of the Alex Smith trade, the Chiefs could use instant help from third-round cornerback Phillip Gaines. Unfortunately, he looks more like a developmental player who will struggle for snaps right away.

» The Chiefs' secondary should be a strength with Sean Smith and Eric Berry in the mix, but it was erratic at best down the stretch last season.

» In Vance Walker and Mike DeVito, the Cheifs have two no-nonsense, try-hard defensive ends. Along with Joe Mays, there has to be a concern that Kansas City's talent distribution is uneven in the front seven. They have a bunch of Pro Bowl picks and replacement-level starters.

» Andy Reid did a great job coaching this team last season. On paper, it's not a group that looks likely to return to the playoffs.

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