The selection of George Karlaftis by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 30 overall brought a lot of interesting responses on Twitter..
No one in Chiefs Kingdom was entirely sure whether or not general manager Brett Veach was going to stick around at the bottom of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and utilize both of the selections at his disposal or not. Trade rumors had the Kansas City Cheifs potentially moving up for a number of players but it turns out Veach was able to maneuver and still hold onto two firsts, which gave him a chance to use No. 30 overall on edge rusher George Karlaftis.
Karlaftis is a productive pass rusher with a strong body of work during his three years at Purdue. With an NFL-ready motor, strong hands, and good size, Karlaftis brings a lot of power to the Chiefs’ defensive front and can stay on the field on all three downs.
Given the need for an edge rusher, it was heartening to see the Chiefs make an investment in the first round of the draft in order to alleviate some of those concerns. Frank Clark is a presumed starter but K.C. lacked anyone else who made sense on the other side. Now Karlaftis can fill that role and allow rotational players to remain in place.
What did Twitter in general think of the Karlaftis selection?
Some analysts didn’t just like it but loved it:
For some, the selection of Karlaftis comes with some caveats but the sentiment is still good.
Still some others were down on Karlaftis and now hope to be wrong.
Beyond the selection of Karlaftis, the Chiefs were also able to address needs in the secondary by trading up for Washington Huskies cornerback Trent McDuffie earlier in the first round. The Chiefs sent extra third and fourth-round picks to the New England Patriots in order to land No. 21 overall at which they selected McDuffie.
The Chiefs are scheduled to make eight more selections over the next two days in the 2022 NFL Draft.