FINAL PLAYER RATINGS FOR 2011 CHIEFS – #26 thru #53

On Friday, we brought you the first half of the Chiefs player rankings, No. 1 through No. 25. For those that missed them, you can find them here.

This list is the rest of the roster, rated in the order we think they stack up after 16 games. The number in () is where they ranked back in early December after 12 games. Not surprisingly, as you read through this group of players you will come to the conclusion I did – the Chiefs need to update and improve the talent level from the bottom up.

Here they are:

26. C/G Rodney Hudson (23) – The second-round choice saw just less than 150 plays in the offense over his rookie season, working at left guard for Ryan Lilja. Hudson performed well against Pittsburgh and Green Bay, but not so good against Chicago. He did not get a chance to perform at center, where he’ll likely find himself in the 2012 season. There appears to be an upside with Hudson.

27. WR Terrance Copper (32) – It was essentially the same year for Copper as last season, and the one before that. He got a handful of snaps on offense, but made his mark for the most part on special teams. As a fifth wide receiver he plays to the standard most teams are looking for from that spot.

28. OT Steve Maneri (49) – Until the last part of the season, Maneri was one of those names on the roster that people had forgotten about because he never seemed to play. But Maneri got more exposure late in the season, and most of that came while he served as a third tight end. He even caught a pass out of that formation. Maneri played tight end in college and in his limited participation he showed he has some athletic ability.

29. S Reshard Langford (29) – Just about every time Langford is given a chance to get more playing time, he ends up stubbing his toe with that opportunity and then the coaches go elsewhere to find the talents he can bring to the defense. Langford is a good athlete who probably needs to be allowed to just play and make his mistakes and learn. That hasn’t happened for him with the Chiefs.

30. ILB Cory Greenwood (37) – Limited to working in the kicking game (only 12 defensive snaps), Greenwood does a good job week-in and week-out getting down field in coverage and blocking in the return game.

31. CB Jalil Brown (41) – The fourth-round choice really became a factor in the kicking game over the last half of the season, and especially in the last four games. Earlier in the season he had some special teams blunders, but he made big strides as the season road to a conclusion, and that’s something you don’t ordinarily see from first-year players.

32. DE Wallace Gilberry (17) – Much was expected of Gilberry when the season began. He worked hard at putting on more weight, while not losing his quickness or burst. But an early knee injury slowed him down and he never seemed to completely recover.

33. OLB Andy Studebaker (28) – He went from starting training camp as the starter at OLB in place of the departed Mike Vrabel, to barely getting on the field defensively through the season, with just a big over 200 defensive snaps. With the arrival of Justin Houston, Studebaker is going to have to make his contributions on special teams.

34. CB Travis Daniels (25) – Journeyman DB is a solid contributor as fourth corner. But there is no upside with him, especially if he should have to step in and play all the time. His ability to play both CB and S gives him more worth when piecing together a roster.

35. FB Le’Ron McClain (35) – He was seldom used as a conventional fullback, and did not get enough touches on the ball to really be a factor in the offense. He saw some special teams snaps there, but with little production. McClain never seemed to be in the type of shape that Todd Haley was looking for and that may have limited his chance.

36. ILB Demorrio Williams (30) – Defensively, Williams was really not a factor as he had fewer than 75 snaps on the season. On special teams he become more productive as the season went on, finishing among the top tacklers in the kicking game.

37. LS Thomas Gafford (31) – The only mark against him was missing a pooch punt call that left holder Dustin Colquitt hanging in the wind on a play. He’s solid as a snapper and provides some coverage work down the field.

38. SS Jon McGraw (39) – It’s tough to find a better person on the roster than McGraw. As for his production on the field, it’s dropping on a yearly basis. Injuries got in his way all season and he appeared in just under 500 plays on the season, or about half of the defense over the year.

39. RB Thomas Jones (40) – The 12-year veteran’s production actually went up in the last quarter of the season, but it could not wipe away the snapshots of a season here there appeared to be holes to run and Jones was no long quick or fast enough to use them.

40. WR Jonathan Baldwin (34) – By the time his injury from the locker room fight in training camp were healed enough to play, almost half the season was gone. He ended up getting on the field for approximately 400 plays and there was very little good that came from those chances. His work in blocking left much to be desired and his route running was shaky at best. Hopefully for the Chiefs, this was just a bad start for the first-round draft choice.

41. DT Jerrell Powe (45) – That Powe only saw the field for nine plays on defense is a crime and should never have happened. Powe needed a bigger taste to show himself and the coaches what he can do. Now, he rolls into 2012 as largely an unknown.

42. WR Jeremy Horne (44) – Saw less than a half-dozen plays on offense and was largely a kicking game contributor. He’s fast, athletic and will run down and hit anything. There’s not much after that.

43. WR Jerheme Urban (43) – We are told he makes contributions that we can’t see, and there’s no doubt he’s a team player and a good guy to have in the locker room. But there is not enough of a visible payoff to justify him having one of 53 spots.

44. TE Anthony Becht (42) – It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when a journeyman TE who was on and off the roster twice ends up being the team’s best tight end.

45. OLB Cameron Sheffield (27) – His spot on the personnel ladder was usurped by rookie Justin Houston who zoomed past him into the role Sheffield was going to play – the other pass rusher opposite Tamba Hali. Sheffield had less than 150 defensive snaps.

46. OT Jared Gaither (38) – Not quite sure why the Chiefs would allow the guy to just leave, but that was the call they made. Yes, he immediately became a starter for the Chargers at LT, but where are the Lightning Bolts right now? Sitting at home with the Chiefs.

47. TE Jake O’Connell (46) – An average blocker, a less than average receiver, it’s hard to understand what the Chiefs have seen for three years with O’Connell. He couldn’t get on the field in the last quarter, beaten out by Anthony Becht.

48. S Donald Washington (51) – There’s no reason for Washington to remain on the roster. He’s been given three years of opportunities to show his stuff and it hasn’t happened. A good play here or there does not make up for the half-dozen where he doesn’t get things done.

49. S Sabby Piscitelli (47) – He’s not good against the run, not good against the pass, yet there he was in the starting lineup for the final game of the season against Denver.

50. QB Tyler Palko (36) – His four games as the Chiefs starting quarterback were unimpressive. While his play was not as bad as many fans and pundits wanted to paint him, Palko did not show anything that would indicate there’s something more there.

51. TE Leonard Pope (50) – It’s hard to understand how Pope has lasted this long on the roster. His skills as a receiver are limited at best. His run blocking skills are not even average. He’s a penalty waiting to happen.

52. RT Barry Richardson (48) – The big man didn’t block well for the run in 2011, and he didn’t block well for the pass. He was too error prone in sacks allowed and penalties. His arrow turned and is now pointing downward.

53-55. – QB Ricky Stanzi, OT David Mims, DE Brandon Bair – No play time for these three.


8 Responses to “FINAL PLAYER RATINGS FOR 2011 CHIEFS – #26 thru #53”

  • January 7, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Again Bob, just bizarre with your rankings.
    Langford was a disaster yet you have him in the top 30. While McGraw is slipping he at least was in the right spot when he was healthy. Brown was worthless on spec teams.
    McClain played VERY well the last 3 games when Haley took his doghouse with him.
    I do agree with your bottom 10.


  • January 7, 2012  - Michael says:

    Many of these guys wouldn’t be too hard to replace, but I think some should be brought back just because they seem to fit nicely into a limited role for the team, or because they are young with some upside.

    They are: Hudson, Baldwin, Powe, Stanzi, Mims, Copper, Greenwood, Brown, Gilberry, Daniels, McClain, Williams, Gafford, Horne, Sheffield, Richardson, Washington, Bair. That’s 17 of the 29 listed, leaving 12 openings where depth needs to be upgraded. Not all of those will stick; lets say three won’t stick. Now you’re up to 15. From the practive squad, I would add Patterson, Campbell and Bannon, but if they made it they would simply replace one of the 17. 15 spots: you can’t get all that in one draft, and filling them all with college or street free agents does not upgrade the roster. And this is to say nothing about the starters or heavy contributors you would like to replace. You’ve got Hudson for Wiegmann, but what about Richardson, Gregg, Belcher and T. Jones? There is nothing at TE after Moeaki. The available replacements on the roster now are question marks. If Orton isn’t kept, who is the backup QB? Another question mark. This means about 30% of the Chiefs roster needs to be turned over WITH UPGRADES. True, some of this will take care of itself from within, but it’s still probably too many spots for one year. The Chiefs need a good draft, and a very good free agent signing period. A couple of crafty trades wouldn’t hurt either. Pioli has much work to do because he has to make up for a couple of years of minimal free agent activity. He can start with bringing back Carr and Bowe, but that’s to stand pat. If he can do that and upgrade even 15%-20% of the roster, it will be impressive.

    Then, there’s the little matter of the QB position. If the Chiefs somehow managed to bring in a young franchise QB, it would help cover up a lot of deficiencies, but not all. And if you want to build a consistent powerhouse, I still don’t think you can neglect the rest of the roster.

    The good news is the Chiefs do have a nice group of core young players to build around. It wasn’t long ago when you couldn’t say that. The team had trouble fielding even a respectable team that looked like it belonged in the NFL. We now know they have a team capable of making the playoffs with a break in scheduling, and few injuries among the starters. Now is a critical time for the personnel department(Pioli) to step it up, not waste the foundation that’s already there, and make the team a consistent contender.


  • January 7, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Going back several pages where Bob was saying how busy Pioli got me suddenly depressed because there are so many upgrades to make that it is overwhelming. But know what? Even with the key injuries and a killer schedule,(and a fired head coach) we came within the next-to-last game in the running for the playoffs. TWO blocked FIELDGOALS. By the same person. An Oakland game. You have to be kidding me. But next years schedule isn’t that hard. Suddenly I feel better. Go Chiefs.


  • January 7, 2012  - harvey says:

    I would rank Powe lower only because he just did not get on the field. Langford continues to be very good on special teams.


  • January 8, 2012  - RW says:

    Many things to comment on as it relates to the 2011 roster and needs for upgrades. Let’s start at TE which has become a trendy and important position in the modern NFL. The Chiefs need to add one capable of backing/complementing the oft-injured Moeaki or take his place. The others on the 2011 roster can take a hike and no one would miss them.

    Was WR Baldwin a reach in last year’s draft or just a kid who needs to dedicate himself to work harder and reach his potential? Hopefully the latter because a team cannot afford to miss very often in the first round.

    The Oline needs help, obviously. Richardson is, at best, a backup and even if Hudson pans out at C, Lilja at OG needs to take a seat next to Richardson on the bench. Then, there’s NT. If Powe isn’t capable, get someone who’s an ascending player at that position and plug him in.

    In my view, those are the most dire needs for off-season draft/free agency consideration. Oh, another prototypical RB would be nice to help Charles carry the load.


  • January 8, 2012  - el cid says:

    Michael send that post to Arrowhead, nice comments and more importantly accurate. Good read.


  • January 8, 2012  - Chuck says:

    All I can say from Bobs post is for the upcoming season here are the names that gotta go: Jones, McGraw, Palko, and O’Connell.


  • January 8, 2012  - Rick says:

    Question. Did you personally evaluate the game tapes to summarize which games were well or not well played by each player? If not, can you share the qualifications of the person(s)who did so?




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