There will be 12 in this class that will head to St. Joe, and no more than four will actually make the final cut to 53. All twelve have skills that could translate to the NFL, but as we often find out, various circumstances play into which ones will be given an opportunity (i.e. Ryan Lilja). Regardless of their talents, these rookies actual chances of making the squad will be determined by the Chiefs' positional needs.
The Chiefs had the 30th overall defense in the NFL last season, so opportunity is available on that side of the ball. Two players that have a legitimate shot are DT Garrett Brown and DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald. Both of these players could, and according to some should, have been drafted last April.
Garret could be THE man in the middle.
Fitzgerald is another D-lineman that should make the roster. He had some off-the-field issues early in his collegiate career that killed his stats and draft stock. His first two seasons at Virginia, however, Fitzgerald was a monster, totaling 135 tackles and 4 sacks. Although the Chiefs have a lot invested in Dorsey and Jackson, if Fitzgerald can impress in preseason which many believe he can, they will find a way to get him on the field come opening night.
Although not in a glamorous position, Tervaris Johnson may be able to tough his way onto the roster. Johnson is a converted defensive back and a TE, so he not only knows how to block effectively, but can also bring the wood. With Mike Cox being a holdover from the previous regime, Johnson's skills as a fullback/H-back could earn him a spot over Cox or Tim Castille.
Johnson might find spot.
Gunnel accumulated 18 TD's while setting Boston College's record for reception yards with 2,459. Although fighting Haley favorite Lance Long for a spot, Gunnell could force the Chiefs coaching staff to make some very tough decisions during the final cut to 53.
But in my view, these four have the right stuff.