The Kansas City Chiefs had a crazy off-season. Between signing JuJu Smith-Schuster, trading Tyreek Hill, and signing Marquez Valdes-Scantling, it is safe to say Chiefs fans were kept on their toes.
Of course, some drama has continued with Hill on the Dolphins, now. But, that is a different conversation for a different day.
Let’s also not forget that the draft happened. The Chiefs made some very impressive draft picks, as they snagged guys later than where they were projected. Every need was addressed in some form or fashion. Including the help the team needed at EDGE and cornerback with the picks of George Karlaftis and Trent McDuffie, respectively.
While all this is great, the Chiefs can still make their team even better. There is one player out there who can help this team the same way Melvin Ingram did last year.
Chiefs should sign Dunlap, per Pro Football Focus
The Chiefs still need help on the EDGE, despite the draft pick of Karlaftis. A rookie won’t help this team get to where they need to be in just one year, and that’s okay. The only time things like that happen at that position, is players like Chase Young for Washington, or Nick Bosa for San Francisco, who are two recent examples.
At the end of the day, Frank Clark is still starting at EDGE, and will be getting most of the snaps at that position.
PFF’s Doug Kyed thinks the Chiefs should sign Carlos Dunlap:
“The Chiefs lost Melvin Ingram III to the Dolphins in free agency and are currently set to start Frank Clark and rookie George Karlaftis on the edge. They could use another rotational rusher, and Dunlap, 33, was efficient for Seattle last season with a 72.1 overall defensive grade, 15.3 percent pass-rush win rate. He’s received interest on the open market and is deciding on the best fit, per a source.”
Dunlap still has quite a bit left in the tank. By that, I mean he finished with 8.5 sacks last year, at the age of 33. That would have been just a half-sack behind Chris Jones, the Chiefs’ sack master in 2021.
He also finished with 35 total pressures, which isn’t bad for a guy his age, at this point in his career. That ranks him 50th of all EDGE players last season. 35 total pressures is just seven behind Ingrams from last year in Kansas City. You can probably make the case that Dunlap would have more had he been on a better team.
The 6-foot-6 EDGE rusher also finished with the third most batted passes, with six on the year. He knows how to disrupt, even if he isn’t quite getting to the quarterback as much as he used to.
Dunlap was still an above average player last year with a 72.1 overall grade according to PFF, a 72.8 run defense grade, an 83.4 tackle grade, a 68.5 pass rush grade, and a 59.9 coverage grade last season.
All of these in which the Chiefs could definitely use more of at the position. If Kansas City could sign Dunlap, more of the fears we have about this team could be gone. He could definitely help Kansas City make it back to the Super Bowl.
You can read more of the PFF article, here.
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