KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs walked away with maybe the best draft class just a few months ago. They were able to snag a few different players at a lower pick than where they were projected to go, giving the Chiefs a great bang for their buck.
One of those was George Karlaftis, the former Purdue defensive lineman. Karlaftis was projected to go in the top-15, and Kansas City got him at pick 30.
The 6-foot-4 defensive end is catching the eyes of coaches at OTAs. So much so that he is making very big impressions on the coaches that are very important in his early career.
Chiefs’ Karlaftis ‘wowing’ coaches
“It was nice to have a second first-round pick, and George was there,” said Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on drafting Karlaftis. “We are just happy we got two really good football players, and two guys who I think are what we look for in character, passion for the game, work ethic, and it’s showing up right now.”
Spagnuolo may be the most important coach to George Karlaftis right now. The second would likely be his defensive line coach, Joe Cullen.
“He’s a throwback, old school [guy]. He goes hard every time he’s on the field and always wants to get better,” praised Joe Cullen.
These two guys are going to be very important to George Karlatis, and his career as a whole. The two both seem to enjoy having Karlaftis on the team. This means he could win them over, and could potentially see more playing time. So far, it sounds like the future of the Chiefs defense is in great hands.
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