Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina
For the 2021 season, Chiefs defensive Frank Clark has the single highest salary cap hit of anyone in the National Football League who is not a quarterback. And if that’s not enough to make your mouth drop, the total goes up again in 2022 and, yes, again in 2023. It is not a healthy contract for the Chiefs.
While the contract would cast a long shadow over anyone trying to live up to it, the Chiefs aren’t exactly flush with options outside if they were to somehow get around the contract and/or move on from Clark. Perhaps that’s what Sean Trachtman of Yardbarker has in mind when he has the Chiefs going defensive end in the first round next year. He has the Chiefs taking a premiere pass rusher out of South Carolina in Kingsley Enagbare.
"Frank Clark’s off-field issues could be a potential issue, and his play was already falling off last year. Enagbare has big potential, and recorded six sacks in eight games for the Gamecocks last season."
The Chiefs have some young players to round out the position like Mike Danna and Turk Wharton, both of whom can play at multiple spots. Chris Jones’s shift outside on early downs will also help the Chiefs edge rush, but having a big investment like Enagbare there will make a difference whether Clark is present or not.
At 6’4, 265 lbs., Enagbare is set to be a senior this year who could really blossom on the national stage after a breakout season in 2020 as a first-team All-SEC performer with 7 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in 8 games.