Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Kansas City Chiefs in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
ILB Ramik Wilson
To be or not to be…a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. That was the issue for linebacker Ramik Wilson in September of 2016. One year earlier, the former University of Georgia product was a fourth-round draft choice. As a rookie, he played in 10 games and made two starts.
Which is why he was a surprising cut by the team one year later in September. He was quickly brought back, spent the first five games on the team’s practice squad and then started the final 11 contests. He finished third on the team in tackles (76) just behind fellow inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (90) and free safety Eric Berry (77). He chipped in with three takeaways (1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries), a forced fumble and three passes defensed. In the 18-16 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wilson racked up 15 stops.
Via Pro Football Focus, Wilson had the identical and respectable grade as Jacksonville Jaguars performer Telvin Smith (83.6) when it came to the linebackers on the list. But there was a big difference when it came to each player’s performance against the run. It’s an aspect of the two-year pro’s game that needs to get much better.
And we anticipate it will. Now a starter heading into training camp, look for Ramik Wilson to make his third season less than charming for the opposition of the Kansas City Chiefs.