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Are Hudson and Houston the Chiefs that Will Make the Biggest Rookie Impact in 2011?

Arrowhead Pride has a great piece today on rookies with the Chiefs that can make a big impact, and the story states that Rodney Hudson and Justin Houston should be at the top of that list.

Here’s where it becomes hard for certain Chiefs rookies to make a giant splash in their debut season. Jalil Brown will have to fight for playing time on anything but special teams given the youth and talent in the Chiefs secondary. You can expect lower-tier players like Donald Washington to try to stave off Brown as everyone involved is fighting for a roster spot. Competition brings out the best in every position, and the Chiefs as a whole will benefit from it. But expectations for a player like Brown should remain low.

While nose tackle is a position of need, Jerrelle Powe is a late round pick who is waiting on a lockout to even look at his first playbook. To expect a rookie defensive tackle who fell to the sixth round to plug the Chiefs hole at nose tackle is simply too much. Instead, a head coach like Todd Haley is going to stick with guys like Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith and use Powe on a rotational basis to bring him up to speed and keep him fresh. Expectations for Powe should remain low, in other words, through his rookie season.

In fact, of all Chiefs rookies, it’s Rodney Hudson and Justin Houston that stand the best chance of making a statistical impact. Both players fill one of the few remaining holes on a playoff team, and both also have the skills and ability to step right in.

Despite character concerns, no one doubts Houston’s speed rush ability to get around the edge and get to the quarterback. Some believe that Houston needs to develop some other moves, but even with that, Houston will provide a burst opposite Tamba Hali and should enjoy some enticing one-on-one match-ups. In fact, that first game against the Buffalo Bills, who have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, might immediately place Houston on the map. It wouldn’t surprise if Houston gets his first sack in his first pro game.

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One Response to “Are Hudson and Houston the Chiefs that Will Make the Biggest Rookie Impact in 2011?”

  1. Jalil Brown is sooooo underated… interception and 14 solo tackles agaisnt aj green>>>> true ball players can see the blown coverages by the safety

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