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With much needed help at edge rusher, the Chiefs selected George Karlaftis, defensive end from Purdue with the 30th pick. Bottom of the league production in terms of pash rush prompted the Chiefs to use one of their two firsts on who many believed to be a top 15 talent in the draft. George is not only an outstanding football player but has great work ethic and a great personality as well.
The first thing to note about George is his outstanding power. Possessing one of the best bull rush traits of any of the draft picks this year, it is easy to see how his talent will translate to the NFL. While he still will need to develop other moves, you can already see the upside in this pick.
Chiefs coaches were patiently waiting for George to fall to them throughout the first round. The whole coaching staff was very impressed with their virtual pre draft meetings with him stating that he possessed the maturity and football knowledge that they wanted to see out of a first round pick. Him being drafted also produced one of the best videos from the Chiefs draft which consisted of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo showing his excitement in the pick.
Another video from the draft included George talking to his family with excitement about the opportunity to play with Chris Jones. In college George faced double teams more often than not due to lack of talent on the Purdue defensive line which means with more opportunity to play 1 vs 1 he should shine more.
One thing that most fans already know about George is that he is from Athens, Greece. His family moved to the United States to his mothers home town after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014. Fans took note of his birthplace by giving him the name “The Greek Freak” which is also the name of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo who also was born in Greece. After moving to the United States George found love on the football field and became one of colleges most feared players. George still had plenty to learn but at the young age of 21 which he just turned in April, he should make great strides with NFL coaching.
Lastly George is projected as the day 1 starter opposite of Frank Clark wearing the number 56 which is a familiar number to Chiefs fans as Ben Neimann wore the same number last year. Hopefully Mr. Karlaftis can perform on the field a little better than the previous owner of that number. However with what we have heard so far from rookie minicamp it sounds like George is already being very disruptive as coaches have had to ask him to take it down a few notches.