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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Impactful Rookies

Last season the Kansas City Chiefs had one of the top rookies in the NFL. Kareem Hunt was the starting running back week #1 after Spencer Ware suffered a knee injury in the preseason. Hunt went on to lead the NFL in rushing yards. Last season Hunt had 1,327 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs are looking for another rookie to make a big impact in his first year in the NFL.

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Tremon Smith is a cornerback that could see some playing time on defense and in special teams. Smith was a sixth round pick out of Central Arkansas. The Chiefs have a weak secondary and Smith could see playing time if other players play poorly or get injured. He could also be in consideration on punt and kick returns. Smith has elite speed and he could get a chance to showcase it as a returner. Tremon Smith could be used in many different roles with the Chiefs this season.

Second round pick Breeland Speaks is another player that could see early playing time. Speaks was drafted out of Ole Miss. Speaks is an outside linebacker that is currently listed behind Justin Houston on the depth chart. Houston has only played in 20 games over the last two seasons. Dee Ford is the other starting outside linebacker and he only played in six games last season. Injuries are a big concern at outside linebacker and if Houston and Ford do not stay healthy Breeland Speaks could see a lot of playing time.

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Derrick Nnadi could also make a big impact in his rookie season. Nnadi is a nose tackle that was drafted in the third round from Florida State. Xavier Williams is ahead of him on the depth chart. Williams played in 11 games with the Cardinals last season. Derrick Nnadi could see some playing time in certain packages and potentially share time with Williams.

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The inexperience on the defense could give Chiefs rookies the chance to make a big impact early. The offense appears to be set and it does not seem likely that a rookie will make a big impact this season. On defense there is the potential for a few different players to become starters if injuries occur or they out perform the current starters. Tremon Smith, Breeland Speaks and Derrick Nnadi appear to be the three that are in the best position to see a lot of playing time in their first year in the league.

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