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NFL Draft results: Chiefs pick EDGE Joshua Kaindoh at No. 144

With the last pick of the fourth round, Kansas City selects a Florida State edge rusher

Duke v Florida State Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh at pick No. 144 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.


6’6” | 260 lbs | Florida State

Baltimore, MD

Grade (round): Sixth

Background: Former five-star recruit and top-five player in the 2017 recruiting class.

Strengths: Long-limbed EDGE. Moves well on stunts. Committed to executing in his gap. Good first step when he uses it. Shows ability to disrupt in the passing lanes — was able to peel off on a running back and intercept a pass against UNC. Did a respectable job playing as unblocked defender against zone read — changed direction well enough. Long strider. Gives good effort. Stays on his feet when defenders try to cut him — he does possess some athletic traits — although he is linear. Keeps working — effort sacks will be a staple of his career. Best using his length, working through the chest of the tackle with a long arm.

Weaknesses: Slow off the snap often. Upright out of his stance when he rushes. Slow to process plays — timid at times and doesn’t always trust his eyes. Stiffness through his frame. Struggles to turn his hips. Struggles to run the arc. Wish he utilized his length better than he does. Not much in the way of a rush plan. Poor hand technique.

How he fits with the Chiefs: Kaindoh tested through the roof and earned an early Day 3 nod. This is a bet on a lot of potential and upside. The football character is there — and if they untap some of his raw ability, they have a steal.

Chiefs Draft Picks

  • Second round (58th): Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton
  • Second round (63rd): Oklahoma offensive lineman Creed Humphrey
  • Fourth round (144th): Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh
  • Fifth round (162nd): Duke tight end Noah Gray
  • Fifth round (181st): Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell
  • Sixth round (226th): Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith

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