The Chiefs did little in free-agency to improve their defensive line but if Romeo Crennel can get creative they may be able to produce from some less likely positions.
Linebacker Cameron Sheffield may not have made a big splash when drafted, but his impact should be felt by opposing quarterbacks this upcoming season. His last season at Troy, Sheffield accumulated 6 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss as a defensive end. If Romeo Crennel makes thing easy on the former Trojan, and lets him focus primarily on pass rushing from an up position, these numbers could improve.
Another of the Chiefs 2010 draft picks that will help improve their sack numbers is Javier Arenas. On top of being a shutdown corner for the Crimson Tide, Arenas' 5 sacks showcased what made him such a lucrative commodity when the Chiefs selected him in the 2rd round.
Arenas can get to the QB.
"He's one of the best blitzing defensive backs I've seen in a long time" said Scott Pioli said after selecting Arenas, "I think he had 12 or 13 tackles for loss this year. He's had seven sacks over the last two years. He's a guy that knows how to blitz in terms of timing".
The two returning sack leaders of 09' could benefit from an improved, and more experienced D-line. Tamba Hali's 8.5 sacks last season easily could have been 12-14 if not dealing with slippery hands/quarterbacks. If Hali can stay health this year, expect his luck to improve significantly along with his sack numbers.
Wallace Gilberry will be an interesting player to watch in camp. Gilberry surprised everyone with his 4.5 sacks last season but he will get plenty of attention from the coaching in St. Joe. The Chiefs may opt to move Gilberry to LB to help accentuate his pass rush abilities, but with the tutelage of Crennel, he could have a breakout season in 2010.
Studebaker was a solid contributor filling in for Mike Vrabel last season.
Don't expect a lot of numbers to be put up by the big boys up front on the line but this shouldn't be viewed as a sign of failure. If Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey do their job well, you should be able to track their progression from the sack numbers put up by the rest of the bunch.