KC Chiefs biggest roster concerns entering the summer
Starting defensive ends
To clarify from the start, I want to emphasize that the edge depth for the Chiefs is actually quite decent. George Karlaftis, Mike Danna, Charles Omenihu, Felix Anudike-Uzomah, and BJ Thompson form a solid group from top to bottom. However, the challenge lies in the fact that none of them are currently high-end starting caliber players. Karlaftis, FAU, and Thompson show promise but are still in the early stages of their careers. Danna and Omenihu, on the other hand, are reliable veterans yet are better suited for rotational roles.
I don’t intend to imply that the Chiefs have a weak group on the edge, as they possess the depth of a formidable pass rush. However, what they lack is a game-changing talent, a true No. 1 pass rusher that many teams aspire to have. While they have an abundance of No. 3 or low-end No. 2 edge rushers, they don’t possess a single top-tier pass rusher who can dominate from the outside. Karlaftis has the potential to fill that role, but his rookie season was inconsistent, leaving uncertainty about his development. Anudike-Uzomah and Thompson also exhibit elite potential, but they are still rookies, with the latter being a significant project in terms of development.
Should Chiefs fans be worried about their defensive end situation? Absolutely not. They have solid depth and a number of young players with potential. Teams can never have too much depth on the defensive line. However, I do believe that the team would greatly benefit from adding one more high-end player at the position, rather than relying solely on several depth options. Whether that player emerges from within the team or through external means remains unknown. Yes, Chris Jones plays on the outside on occasion, but he’s primarily a guy who plays inside.
It’s very possible that Kansas City may consider signing or trading for a veteran pass rusher later in the summer, similar to the acquisition of Carlos Dunlap last year, although the chances of the team finding a stud this late in the process are slim to none.