The Kansas City Chiefs started their 2022 NFL Draft with a surprising selection. Trent McDuffie was selected with the 21st pick after the Chiefs traded up with New England.

At pick 30, the Kansas City Chiefs wasted no time on the clock, and in fact, put their pick in immediately. They ended up going with a need at pick 30, which at that point became a pass rusher at the edge position.

George Karlaftis, the 6’4″, 266 pounder from Purdue is the newest Kansas City Chief.

Karlaftis was ranked sixth at his position by ESPN, and 37th overall. He was however, the best available with what the Chiefs needed.

Here is the scouting report on George Karlaftis:

“Karlaftis’ first three steps ate explosive. He converts that take-off burst into power, and he features a nasty bull rush. He’s a threat as an interior pass-rusher. Karlaftis has shorter arms for an edge defender and gets stuck on blocks, but he has the strength to hold his own at the point of attack, and he makes plays in pursuit as a run defender.”
-Steve Muench, ESPN Draft Analyst

In my opinion, the Chiefs could have traded back to get more capitol, and possibly gotten an edge rusher that will have the same amount of production. The Chiefs could have also taken a receiver here, and waited to get an edge rusher.

But, if everything works out with Karlaftis as projected, then everything will be just fine, at the end of the day. However, it still makes you think about what they could’ve done with those extra picks.

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