Chiefs select LB Leo Chenal from Wisconsin

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Update | The Chiefs selected linebacker Leo Chenal with the 103rd pick in the NFL Draft on Friday night.

Chenal played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin.

Update | With the 91st pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected running back Rachaad White.

White, a Kansas City native, finished his college career at Arizona State.

He attended Central High School.

Update |With the 62nd pick in the second round, the Chiefs selected safety Bryan Cook from the University of Cincinnati.

With the pick, the Chiefs have now used three of their first four picks on defensive players.

Update | After trading their 50th pick to the Patriots, the Chiefs selected receiver Skyy Moore.

Moore played his college football at Western Michigan.

He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds.

Update | The Kansas City Chiefs traded their 50th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft to the New England Patriots.

In exchange, the Chiefs received the 54th pick in the second round and the 158th pick in the fifth round.

Update |A native of Wichita, Kansas is heading to the NFL after being selected by the New York Jets.

Breece Hall, who attended Iowa State University, was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Hall graduated from Wichita Northwest High School.

Original Story | In the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs moved up eight places to 21st overall in a trade with New England for select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie and stayed put nine picks later to nab Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis.

The picks serve two of the team’s biggest defensive needs.

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“I think (Friday) the board will get even crazier about where teams see their talent,” general manager Brett Veach said. “We came in knowing we wanted help on the defensive line and we wanted help in the corners, and we had two really good players. We knew we didn’t want to be too cute with it.

Veach was stunned when McDuffie – a versatile, smart and athletic cornerback – slipped into the Chiefs’ lineup, but it made it easy to choose to try to progress.

“With our first pick – it’s kind of funny – every year we go through what we think is every possible scenario,” Veach said. “We haven’t reviewed McDuffie’s script. I don’t think we thought he would be there.

With cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes gone from last season’s roster, the position was a dire need for Kansas City entering the draft.

The same could be said for the defensive end, given the Chiefs’ struggles to rush the passer last season.

The experiment of moving defensive tackle Chris Jones to the outside was a failure.

Veach reworked Frank Clark’s contract rather than eat $13.6 million in dead money, which would have piled up against the cap by cutting it, so he’s back with Mike Danna.

But Melvin Ingram, a game-changing midseason acquisition, remains unsigned and Kansas City lacked depth in that position.

With the 30th overall pick, the Chiefs filled that need by adding Karlaftis, who had 14 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 26 career games with the Boilermakers.

Karlaftis is a power rusher, better suited to Clark, on the left defensive end, but he has enough size to bump inside in certain situations and plays with high engine.

“They were easier choices for us because when you have talent and a work ethic and a character like that, those guys rarely fail,” Veach said. “These guys, their profiles are like Creed Humphrey and (LB) Nick Bolton – good players, doing things the right way. They are hard to pass up.

Moving into day two of the draft, the Chiefs currently have three picks slated for Friday — two in the second round, Nos. 50 and 62, and one in the third, No. 103.

Kansas City also enters the day with a fourth-round pick (#135) and four seventh-round picks after dealing a third-round pick (#94) and fourth-round pick (#121) to the Patriots to advance to McDuffie.

Wondering who’s still available and what the Chiefs could do to fill the remaining wide receiver needs, point depth, more additions in secondary and offensive tackle depth, among other options?

A single player of Nick Jacobs’ Sixth Annual Chiefs “Best Fits” Draft Committee remains with a first-round rating — USC edge rusher Drake Jackson — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of talent to pick from yet.

Here’s a look at the best remaining players in key positions on Jacobs’ grand board:

Wide Receivers

Player, College Round
5. George Pickens, Georgia 2nd
7. John Metchie III, Alabama 2nd
9. Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama 2nd
10. Christian Watson, North Dakota State 2nd
11. Skyy Moore, West Michigan 3rd
12. Alec Pierce, Cincinnati 3rd
13. Tyquan Thornton, Baylor 3rd
14. David Bell, Purdue 3rd
15. Wan’dale Robinson, Kentucky 4th
16. Calvin Austin III, Memphis 4th
17. Khalil Shakir, Boise State 4th
18. Kyle Philips, UCLA 4th
19. Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech 4th
20. Velus Jones, Tennessee 5th
21. Dontario Drummond, Ole Miss 5th
22. Bo Melton, Rutgers 5th
23. Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls State 6th
24. Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky 6th
25. Slade Bolden, Alabama 6th
26. Johnny Johnson III, Oregon 7th
27. Samori Toure, Nebraska 7th
28. Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina 7th
29. Jalen Nailor, Michigan State 7th
30. Tre Turner, Virginia Tech 7th
31. Jaquari Roberson, Wake Forest APF

Attacking tackles

Player, College Round
5. Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan 2nd
7. Nicholas Little Brother, Ohio State 2nd
8. Rasheed Walker, Penn State 3rd
9. Braxton Jones, Southern Utah 3rd
10. Kellen Diesch, Arizona State 4th
11. Max Mitchell, Louisiana 4th
12. Spencer Burford, TX-San Antonio 4th
13. Vederian Lowe, Illinois 5th
14. Ryan Van Demark, Connecticut 6th
15. Obinna Eze, TCU 6th
16. Matt Waltzko, North Dakota 7th
17. Austin Deculus, LSU 7th

Defensive purposes

Player, College Round
6. Drake Jackson, USC 1st
7. Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State 2nd
8. Josh Paschal, Kentucky 2nd
9. Boye Mafe, Minnesota 2nd
10. David Ojabo, Michigan 2nd
11. Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma 2nd
12. Cameron Thomas, San Diego State 3rd
13. Alex Wright, Alabama-Birmingham 3rd
14. Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina 3rd
15. Jesse Luketa, Penn State 4th
16. Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati 4th
17. Tyreke Smith, Ohio State 4th
18. Amare Barno, Virginia Tech 5th
19. Michael Clemons, Texas A&M 5th
20. Chris Allen, Alabama 5th
21. Tre Williams, Arkansas 6th
22. James Houston IV, Jackson State 7th

Defensive tackles

Player, College Round
3. Logan Hall, Houston (3-tech) 2nd
4. Travis Jones, Connecticut (1-tech) 2nd
5. DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M 2nd
6. Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma 2nd
7. Phidarian Mathis, Alabama (1-tech) 2nd
8. Eyioma Uwazurike, Iowa State 3rd
9. Neil Farrell, LSU (1-tech) 3rd
10. John Ridgeway, Arkansas (1-tech) 4th
11. Matthew Butler, Tennessee 4th
12. Eric Johnson, Missouri State 4th
13. Jayden Peevy, Texas A&M 5th
14. Haskell Garrett, Ohio State 5th
15. Thomas Booker, Stanford 5th
16. Matt Henningsen, Wis. 6th
17. Damion Daniels, Nebraska 7th


Player, College Round
3. Chad Muma, Wyoming 2nd
4. Christian Harris, Alabama 2nd
5. Troy Anderson, Montana State 3rd
6. Brian Asamoah, Oklahoma 3rd
7. Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina 5th
8. Brandon Smith, Pennsylvania State 5th
9. D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State 6th
10. Damone Clark, LSU 6th
11. Zakoby McClain, Auburn 6th
12. Kyron Johnson, Kansas 7th


Player, College Round
5. Kyler Gordon, Washington 2nd
6. Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson 2nd
7. Roger McCreary, Auburn 2nd
8. Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska 3rd
9. Coby Bryant, Cincinnati 3rd
10. Martin Emerson, Mississippi State 3rd
11. Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh 3rd
12. Jalyn Armor-Davis, Alabama 3rd
13. Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State 3rd
14. Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State 4th
15. Tariq Woolen, Texas-San Antonio 4th
16. Justin Jobe, Alabama 4th
17. Jaylen Watson, WA 4th
18. Alontae Taylor, Tennessee 5th
19. Montaric Brown, Arkansas 5th
20. Akayleb Evans, Mo. 5th
21. Kalon Barnes, Baylor 5th
22. Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech 6th
23. Samuel Womack, Toledo 6th
24. Gregory Junior, Baptiste Ouachita 6th
25. Ja’Quan McMillian, East Carolina 6th
26. Damarion Williams, Houston 6th
27. Zyon Gilbert, Florida Atlantic 7th
28. Mark Collins Jr, Towson 7th
29. Sam Webb, Western Missouri APF


Player, College Round
4. Jalen Pitre, Baylor 2nd
5. Jaquan Brisker, Penn State 2nd
6. Kerby Joseph, Illinois 3rd
7. Nick Cross, Maryland 3rd
8. Bryan Cook, Cincinnati 3rd
9. Tycen Anderson, Toledo 4th
10. JT Woods, Baylor 4th
11. Verona McKinley III, Oregon 4th
12. Delarrin Turner-Bell, Oklahoma 5th
13. Yusuf Corker, Kentucky 5th
14. Dane Belton, Iowa 5th
15. Smoke Monday, Alabama 6th
16. Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee 6th
17. Nasir Green, Wake Forest 6th
18. Boast Davis, Utah APF


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