The Kansas City Chiefs selected Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal with the No. 103 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Chenal is an inside linebacker who had a breakout season in 2021. The former Badgers standout had 115 tackles and eight sacks as a junior last season.
Here’s the scouting report on Chenal from NFL.com:
Inside linebacker with a densely muscled frame for full-contact fighting between the tackles. Chenal is like a cinder block. His limbs absorb contact without losing balance or positioning. The power and toughness are outstanding but his technique, play recognition and discipline need more work. He’s tightly bound, lacking the fluidity and lateral agility for consistent success as an open-field tackler. He won’t offer much in coverage but has success as a power blitzer. Chenal has rare point-of-attack power and will be a handful inside the box, but will be limited by athletic deficiencies. He might never be more than a good backup or low-end starter but he should be able to make a living in the league.
Chenal is projected to be a borderline starter in the NFL.
That means the Chiefs are likely just hoping the Wisconsin product turns into a solid backup/rotational type player.
Chenal should be able to immediately contribute on special teams before breaking into the Chiefs’ linebacker rotation.
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