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Chiefs position analysis: defensive line

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs roster series moves on to the defensive line, where the Chiefs may part with a former first-round draft pick.

The roster (10): Chas Alecxih, Allen Bailey, Mike Catapano, Mike DeVito, Dominique Hamilton, Jaye Howard, Tyson Jackson, Brandon Moore, Dontari Poe, Jerrell Powe.

Potential 2014 free agents: Jackson, Powe.

The position: The Chiefs received a Pro Bowl season from Poe at nose tackle and very good seasons from DeVito and Jackson, at least in their run defense. But Jackson, their No. 1 pick in 2009, could be an unrestricted free agent. He would be nice to retain because Jackson has value. But since he hasn’t been an every-down player and the Chiefs don’t think of him in that term, they don’t need to bust their budget to re-sign him. If Jackson signs with another team, the Chiefs have a decision about how to replace him. It might be time to give Bailey a shot. He played well against the run and has some pass-rush ability. If Bailey is in their lineup, the Chiefs would have little in the way of proven depth so adding to their numbers at these positions would be essential. The Chiefs need to find a nose tackle they’re comfortable with to provide some relief for Poe. He played a lot of snaps for a 346-pound guy. Powe could be that backup.

The Chiefs should keep: Bailey, Catapano, DeVito, Poe and Powe.

The Chiefs should dump: Alecxih, Hamilton, Howard, Jackson and Moore.

Free agency/draft priority: High if Jackson leaves. The Chiefs wouldn’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money or use a high draft pick, but they would need to make an investment. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper in his first mock draft of the season has the Chiefs taking Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the first round. If when the draft rolls around Tuitt proves to be a good value when the Chiefs make the 23rd pick, they should take him.