The NFL is currently in a relatively uneventful phase of the offseason, and the Kansas City Chiefs have followed suit. Apart from a few rumors related to Deandre Hopkins and some standout performances in rookie/mini camps, there hasn't been much news surrounding the defending Super Bowl champions in recent weeks. It's widely believed that the Chiefs have already made the majority of their significant moves before the start of training camp next month. However, it's important to note that this could easily change if they were to sign Hopkins or secure a contract extension for Chris Jones, among other possibilities.
While the offseason is still ongoing, let's evaluate some of the moves the Kansas City Chiefs have made thus far. Specifically, we'll examine a couple of decisions that could have been improved upon.
The Chiefs not doing more to address defensive tackle
This one is a bit misleading, as it doesn't refer to a specific move made, but rather to move(s) that were not made. While Chris Jones, the third-best player on the team, excels as a defensive tackle, the overall depth at that position is quite underwhelming. Although Jones is a standout player in his prime and a future Hall of Famer, the players behind him fail to make a significant impact. Tershawn Wharton, who serves as a depth pass rusher, is returning from a significant injury. Derrick Nnadi specializes in run-stopping but offers little in terms of pass-rushing. Keondre Coburn is a rookie, and the rest of the players are at best fringe roster players.
In my honest opinion, the defensive tackle position is the weakest on the Chiefs' roster from top to bottom, despite having Chris Jones. This emphasizes the lack of reliable options behind him. Although edge rushers like Charles Omenihu and Mike Danna could potentially fill in at times, it's not their natural position. If Jones were to miss a substantial amount of time, the Chiefs' defensive tackle group could become one of the weakest in the entire NFL. Additionally, it's worth noting that Chris Jones is an unrestricted free agent after this season, adding further uncertainty to the situation.
To their credit, the Chiefs did make an effort to trade up with the Cowboys for ex-Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith during the draft. However, Dallas declined the trade and selected Smith themselves. While the Chiefs did take some action, the interior of the defensive line remains an area with very limited depth, which could potentially be a costly issue for Kansas City in the upcoming season.