KC Chiefs stock watch: Whose arrows are pointing up?

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their Week 1 preseason contest to the New Orleans Saints, but several players flashed in limited time. With two exhibition games remaining, this group of young players will look to build upon the first impression they made on Sunday.

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WR Nikko Remigio

The wide receiver room in Kansas City is suffused with talented, albeit inexperienced, players. There's still a ton of speculation about whether or not the Chiefs will eventually keep six or seven at the position, but those final spots will be a grudge match to secure. Among those in the running, 5' 9" Nikko Remigio made a case for himself on Sunday. He led all receivers with 71 receiving yards in the game and made a couple of impressive plays on the ball in key situations.

At one point in an early-fourth quarter drive, Remigio made a circus catch up the right boundary to convert a 3rd-&-12 from their own eight-yard line. Later, on the same drive, he showed impressive body control adjusting to a ball thrown offline. The 22-yard hookup from Chris Oladokun was yet another 3rd-&-long play that the Chiefs converted.

CB Kahlef Hailassie

Kahlef Hailassie is the undrafted player who nearly wasn't for the Kansas City Chiefs. In the aftermath of the 2023 NFL Draft, it was initially reported that Haliassie was headed to the New York Jets. That turned out not to be the case and the Western Kentucky product secured an invite to Kansas City's rookie minicamp. Fortunately for the Chiefs, they landed the player they spent some time with during a top-30 pre-draft visit.

As talented as Hailassie is, he has an uphill climb ahead of him to make this roster. Despite that, the stage didn't appear too big for him on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, Hailassie made one of the best defensive plays of the game when he picked Saints' quarterback Jake Haener's pocket. Hailassie was set up in off coverage, but as he bailed, he turned and undercut wide receiver James Washington. His ability to change direction so sharply, maintain his balance, drive on the ball, and climb the ladder to take it away is why he was one of the most highly-anticipated members of Kansas City's UDFA class.