If Joshua Kaindoh turns in any meaningful production at all this postseason, it will be the biggest shock of anyone on this list.
In case you need a quick review (and we wouldn’t blame you if you did), Kaindoh was the Chiefs’ fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, a player with a projectable athletic mix who never quite put it all together at Florida State. At the time of his selection, the Chiefs made it clear that he was going to be a long-term project instead of an instant contributor—sort of the opposite pick from the likes of Nick Bolton or Creed Humphrey, who were as pro-ready as NFL prospects can be.
Kaindoh played sparingly in three of the team’s first four games and then proceeded to injure his ankle which earned him a prolonged stint on the team’s injured reserve list. He was gone for so long that most fans likely thought he’d been stashed away as a developmental player, but the Chiefs recently brought him back to the active roster in time for the postseason.
The truth is that Kaindoh is raw and needs significant experience to become any sort of consistent contributor for the Chiefs. That said, no one knows how he’s looked in practice or what he’s gleaned from coaching and film study over the last three months for the Chiefs. The Chiefs hit home runs on several draft picks and stated that Kaindoh needed time. He’s had a bit and it would be fun (and shocking) to see him get after opposing quarterbacks this postseason.