Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach reportedly has his eyes set on a specific player in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

According to a report from Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, Veach is a big fan of Minnestoa edge rusher Boye Mafe.

From PFN:

Boye Mafe has been regularly mocked to the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of the first round, and I’m told general manager Brett Veach was a huge fan of the Minnesota pass rusher before Senior Bowl practices even started. The fandom increased manyfold after Veach saw what Mafe was able to do during the three days of practice.

Teams believe Mafe was limited by the Minnesota defensive system. Yet, he really showed his versatility and potential when used in multiple schemes at the Senior Bowl, where his game was allowed to open up.

December 26, 2021; Scottsdale, AZ; Minnesota Defensive End, senior, Boye Mafe, answers questions at the Guaranteed Rate Bowl Media Day at Camelback Inn Chiefs

The Chiefs have a big need at edge rusher, so it would make sense for the team to grab Mafe at the end of the first round (especially since Kansas City has the No. 29 and No. 30 picks).

One of the big reasons the Chiefs weren’t able to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game in January was because of their inability to exploit Cincy’s below-average offensive line. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked 19 times in the playoffs, but only one of those sacks came at the hands of Kansas City.

If Mafe is available when the Chiefs pick on Thursday night, I’d be shocked if he isn’t the pick.

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