Five Combine performances that should change Chiefs draft board
3. Bryan Bresee, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
In a completely different mold from the aforementioned Mazi Smith, enter Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee. The former Tiger is more of a traditional run-stuffing tackle—big, bulky, strong and ready to go head-to-head with the offensive line on every single snap. At 6’5″ and just a shade under 300 pounds, Bresee is a little taller and a little lighter than the man he’d likely be tasked with replacing, Chiefs free agent tackle Derrick Nnadi (6’1″, 315 lbs), and is much more in the mold of Chiefs All-Pro Chris Jones.
Maybe that means that he doesn’t have a place in the Kansas City rotation, or, maybe it means that Kansas City can continue to evolve its rotations, stunts, and shifts to keep opposing offensive lines guessing. We suspect Cullen and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would be excited to add this piece to the league’s second-most productive pass rush from a season ago, and they’d find a way to make it work.
Bresee ranked 10th amongst all defensive tackles at the combine in overall athletic score, and projects to be a plus starter in the league. Some mock drafts have Bresee going as high as the 12th overall pick which would obviously put him out of Kansas City’s range. But, with his injury history (a torn ACL in 2021) and raw abilities, he could be a steal for the Chiefs at the bottom of the first round.