The Chiefs are slated to open another season with a pair of top-five draft picks manning the bookends of their defensive line. If rookie Dontari Poe cracks the starting lineup as well, Kansas City’s 3-4 base defense will feature a trio of first-round draft picks in the trenches.
Add former first-round selections Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali to the conversation and Kansas City’s ongoing commitment of building a dominant front-seven is unmistakable.
Such a blueprint isn’t unique to Kansas City, however. Stopping the run is and will always be the most fundamental job of any defense, but the pass-happy nature of the NFL is also making the need for sub-package defensive linemen a growing necessity.