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13 hours ago, Chiefer said:

Reid said he was having a hard time getting Karlaftis to slow downūüėā

But that’s what you heard about him coming out, all motor.  Part of why he struggles against the run.  Over pursuit.

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Ron Kopp has a film study on Darian Kinnard. DK has a reputation as a great run blocker that is suspect in pass protection. The Wildcats were a run oriented team but that means he's inexperienced, not unable.
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2022/5/11/23062296/chiefs-film-review-kentuckys-darian-kinnard-has-foundation-as-right-tackle

While they have able bodies like Wylie and Niang with experience in the system, the team should always be working to have the best players possible at the tackle spots specifically. This particular offseason competition will emerge with a worthwhile starter at right tackle, and Kinnard has the foundation from his college experience to be firmly in that mix.

This is kind of fun. It's a quick hit on each draft pick based on rookie camp. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/lists/kansas-city-chiefs-one-thing-we-learned-about-each-draft-pick-at-rookie-minicamp/

Mad Scientist time. A couple of UDFA may change positions. One is not so much, RB to WR. The other is TE to DE. Say what?
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/11/kansas-city-chiefs-undrafted-free-agents-jerrion-ealy-kehinde-oginni-hassan-position-changes/

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An assessment of how this season is serving to reset the franchise.
https://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/the_chiefs_2022_draft_class_could_open_a_new_window/s1_16631_37502375

If the Chiefs' universally praised 2022 draft class lives up to its billing, Kansas City will be sitting pretty. With the team's top three picks coming at premium positions (edge rusher, cornerback, and wide receiver), the Chiefs will have good-to-great starters at positions that clog up the salary cap for other teams.

Beyond the promising 2022 class, the Chiefs currently hold 11 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft[.]

More on that last line. From trades and other personnel losses, the Chiefs have or project to have four extra picks, one each in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th. Since the 2023 is considered very deep and likely better than this one, that's a big deal. The Dolphins signing Melvin Ingram means another likely comp pick which would put us at 12. 
https://arrowheadaddict.com/2022/04/27/kc-chiefs-will-be-loaded-for-the-2023-nfl-draft/

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The Chiefs have done verywell collecting UDFA who can play. Often, they are primarily ST players, but Tershawn Wharon and Tommy Townsend came that way. We stripped major chunks out of our ST roster, so there are a lot of opportunities in taht area.

This article gives three names who lead the list of possibilities this year--Justyn Ross, Jerrion Ealy, Mike Rose. Ross is no surprise. With a clean medical history, he might have been a first round pick. Rose is undersized for LB but seems made for ST. Ealy is a RB/WR who has experience returning kicks. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/lists/kansas-city-chiefs-53-man-roster-udfas-most-likely-to-make-team/

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I'm not quite sure where to post this one. It could also go in the general offense thread. Since it focuses on a rookie I am putting it here. It focuses on OL Darian Kinnard, our 5th round pick. They wonder if he is our day #1 starter at RT. It's a good question. After all, Kinnard was a consensus 1st team All American who projected to go on day #2. Well, now he has a point to prove.
https://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/will_darian_kinnard_become_a_day_one_starter_for_the_chiefs/s1_16631_37508935

We now have some information on why Justyn Ross was available as an UDFA. It appears only four teams cleared him to take the field. Obviously, we were one of those. If the medical issues are behind him, this is a 1st round talent.
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2022/5/17/23105363/clemsons-dabo-swinney-4-nfl-teams-cleared-justyn-ross-medically

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These may not bbe the best comps, but what do you want at this point--Trent McDuffie comps to Byron Murphy, George  Karlaftis comps to Kyle Vanden-Bosch, Skyy Moore comps to Julian edelman. Could do worse.
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/lists/chiefs-draft-comparisons-trent-mcduffie-byron-murphy-george-karlaftis-kyle-vanden-bosch-skyy-moore-julian-edelman/

Skyy Moore was named to the Rookie Premiere team. I am not sure this a good thing or a bad thing. The list's track record is not great.
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/18/kansas-city-chiefs-skyy-moore-nflpa-rookie-premiere-2022/?itm_source=parsely-api

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The V-Bash was a beast. I could definitely live with Hendrickson but i suspect the comps will eventually run the other direction. I didn't check Hendrickson but Vanden Bosch was not as athletic as Karlaftis. Another thing to remember is that GK was born in Europe and was raised kicking a round ball. That usually makes for good footwork. 

The Byron Murphy comparison is obvious because they both played at Washington and have similar body type. One knock on McD is in man coverage. So was Murphy coming out. Still, other than the school and the size, they are very different players. McDuffie is faster and more athletic. Whether he has the instintive change of direction Murphy shows remains to be seen. Still, McD allowed zero TDs in two years. 

Sith the Skyy Moore comp to Julian Edelman. all that is really said is that this is the type of player Tom Brady would love to throw to. That's enugh for me. 

Does anyone want to try comps for Cook and Chenal? 

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You can tell it's almost for the players to sign into OTAs because UDFA are getting film studies. This one is on LB Mike Rose from Iowa State. He was considered draftable in the 5th or 6th round. I think he has a real shot to make the team as a ST ace. 
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2022/5/23/23072481/chiefs-iowa-states-mike-rose-brings-long-frame-athleticism

PFF loved our draft, including taking Karlaftis at #30. They project him as an impact rookie. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/23/kansas-city-chiefs-george-karlaftis-pff-sack-pressure-run-stop-projections-2022

In particular, they like GK for his pass rush even as a rookie.

 

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On 5/20/2022 at 9:59 PM, onejayhawk said:

We have dealt with some RAS numbers already. Other than Kinnard, it's an outstanding class from an athleticism standpoint. Easily the top scorer on RAS was Leo Chenal, one of the best LB in history. Check out this side by side.

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Jeez

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1 hour ago, BigTrav said:

How will we use Chenal? Where in the formation, how often and doing what?

They are saying he\ll play the Sam, so the obvious answer is like Denver used to use Von Miller. There is every reason to believe he can set an edge even though he ws never asked to at Wisconsin.

Here is Miller's RAS card

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1 hour ago, BigTrav said:

Jeez

You have a way with words. 

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