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Grading the Chiefs’ pick of Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh at 144

What do we think of the Chiefs’ third pick of the 2021 NFL Draft?

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With the 144th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs took Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh . We have insta-grades from the three members of the Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad.

Kent: This is a swing on an elite athletic profile — and a highly regarded pedigree. Kaindoh was once a five-star, top-five college recruit. He has yet to put it all together, but his ceiling is immense. This late in the draft, it's a worthy swing — and he’s a good fit for Steve Spagnuolo.

Grade: B+

Craig: Kaindoh checks all the boxes for a Steve Spagnuolo defensive end. He has size, length and strength. However, he’s not rigid or slow — like some other heavy defensive ends. Instead, he has fluid hips and good burst off the edge. He was a highly recruited player out of high school but didn’t have good production at Florida State. So he’ll likely take some time to develop at the NFL level. That said, it’s hard to argue against a high-upside Day 3 pick.

Grade: B+

Matt: Kaindoh is the perfect kind of defensive end prospect to take on Day 3; the odds of a Day 3 defensive end hitting very low, so getting a guy who has an elite combination of size and athleticism makes sense. That’s Kaindoh in a nutshell. If the coaching staff can get him to understand the game and how to use leverage — and how to consistently utilize his hands — his NFL future looks bright. But if he continues to telegraph his rush moves — and continues to misunderstand how to set them up — and doesn’t utilize his hands in the running game, then he might easily just flame out. At this point of the draft, that’s a chance you have to be willing to take.

Grade: B+


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