Chiefs 2021 NFL Draft prospects: Defensive End fits

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders looks to pass pressured by defensive end Frank Clark #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 35-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Looking ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft, here are some defensive end prospects that could help the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the upcoming offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs have two defensive ends under contract. With Frank Clark and 2020 fifth-round pick Mike Danna the only players under contract going forward, the 2021 NFL Draft should be one place we see the team look to add some talent. Even though this year’s draft isn’t top-heavy with pass rushers, it makes up for it in the number of good pass rushers.

The defensive end spot across from Clark has been an area where the Chiefs could use an upgrade. Tanoh Kpassagnon has yet to show much improvement from his 2019 campaign. Injuries have also made it difficult to find consistent play and even a rotation to keep players fresh.

Taco Charlton signed a one-year deal with Kansas City in May after being released by the Miami Dolphins. He had flashes of good play but suffered a fractured ankle during the Week 9 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Alex Okafor is in his second season with the team, and once again, his availability is very slim in 2020.

After a hot start to the season in the first four weeks, the Chiefs defensive line has struggled to come away with sacks. Finding someone this offseason that can come in and be a viable option across from Clark will go a long way to free up not only him but Chris Jones. Last week we looked at three prospects that could help the Chiefs along the offensive line. Today we will be looking at three prospects that Kansas City could consider in April to fill needs at defensive end.

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