Kansas City Chiefs use fifth round pick on Michigan edge Michael Danna

The Kansas City Chiefs have made their fifth overall selection (and potentially their final pick) on edge rusher Michael Danna.

With their fifth round selection at No. 177 overall, the Kansas City Chiefs have taken edge player Michael Danna.

Danna is an edge rusher from the University of Michigan who stands at 6’2, 261 lbs. Danna was a reserve lineman for the Wolverines this year with 3 sacks after transferring over from Central Michigan for his final season. During his final season with the Chippewas, he had 14 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, so he’s been disruptive in the backfield in years past and clearly the Chiefs see something here worthy of their final pick.

Danna joins a position group that could use an extra edge given the state of the roster long-term. The Chiefs will likely start Frank Clark and Alex Okafor in the base defense and rotate in Tanoh Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks behind them. However, the Chiefs watched Emmanuel Ogbah leave in free agency and Okafor dealt with multiple injuries during his first year in K.C. Kpassagnon has one year left on his contract, and Speaks missed all of last season with an injury.

Danna joins an impressive draft class for the Chiefs. Already the team has added running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from Louisiana State, linebacker Willie Gay Jr. from Mississippi State, offensive lineman Lucas Niang from Texas Christian, and L’Jarius Sneed from Louisiana Tech.

Unless the Chiefs trade back into the 2020 NFL Draft by giving up a player or future draft asset, the team’s front office is officially finished selecting players. This means the front office’s focus is turning to potential undrafted free agents as they hope to corral as much talent as possible for preseason competition.