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WFT players who could change numbers if this rule is passed

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New numbers, who's that? That's a question NFL fans could very soon be asking.

On Monday, NBC Sports' Peter King wrote that the Kansas City Chiefs' proposal to basically erase the league's number restrictions is "likely to pass" this month when owners vote on it.

Should that happen, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends could wear anything from 1-49 and 80-89. Defensive backs, meanwhile, would have their choice of anything from 1-49, while linebackers would have the opportunity to rock something in the 1-59 range as well as digits in the 90s. Other players — such as linemen and quarterbacks — would still have to stay in their typical windows.

King went on to explain that this idea from Kansas City would make it much easier for franchises, especially those with retired numbers, to divvy up jerseys to its roster throughout the year. That's great.

Far more importantly, though, the change would allow guys to take the field in uniforms that match what they wore in college. That's what matters here, everyone.

So, with that in mind, here are some possible switches to be on the lookout for in Washington.

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Chase Young — From No. 99 to No. 2

Young chose 99 as a pro because he lined up as No. 9 in high school and No. 2 with the Buckeyes, so he was into the thought of merging his past and representing with two nines on Sundays.


That's certainly poetic, and 99 is undoubtedly perfect for a pass rusher like him, but seeing him come off the edge in his old Ohio State number would be juicy, too (sorry, Kam Curl, but Young gets first dibs on the deuce).

Montez Sweat — From No. 90 to No. 9

All the equipment staff would have to do in order to get Sweat back to his Mississippi State days is drop the zero from his current look. The fans could do that at home, too!

Curtis Samuel — From whatever he is now (No. 10?) to No. 4

The ex-Panther appears slated to take 10 from Antonio Gandy-Golden, but he could also just slide right in to No. 4, which is what he starred in at Ohio State. 

In fact, that'd be good for his brand, seeing as both his Twitter handle and his Instagram profile feature that number already.

Kendall Fuller — From No. 29 to No. 11

As long as Devin Thomas is OK with this — wink wink, wink wink, so many wink winks — Fuller could transition back into what he shined in at Virginia Tech.

Yes, seeing a corner in No. 11 would certainly set some traditionalists off, but they'll survive.

Cole Holcomb — From No. 55 to No. 36

This would be an unconventional move, because what Holcomb currently suits up in is truly ideal for a linebacker. However, if he wants to throw it back to his days as a Tar Heel, he'd definitely stand out.

William Jackson III — From No. 23 to No. 3

Jackson seems like he's been tabbed to take over No. 23 in Washington, but if he could secure permission from Dustin Hopkins, he'd have an opening to pay homage to his career at Houston by assuming No. 3. 

Hopkins, though, clearly has seniority in the Burgundy and Gold over Jackson, so he definitely has the right to stay where he is.