KC Chiefs Small School Prospects
Demetrius Taylor, Defensive Line, Appalachian State
Perhaps no player has been a more pleasant surprise than rookie Tershawn Wharton, coming from unknown Missouri S&T (Previously known as Missouri-Rolla). Appalachian State defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor brings some of the same qualities in that he’s a bit undersized and has a quick first step and the ability to transition to power.
In a game against North Carolina in 2019, Taylor recorded a strip-sack touchdown as a right edge pass rusher and a tip interception from the side. At 6’1″/300 pounds, he has the size to play along the interior of the defensive line but shows the athleticism to help on the strong side of the outside of the defensive line.
With the Chiefs likely losing Alex Okafor and Mike Pennell this offseason to expiring contracts, they may very well be in the market for defensive line depth. Taylor could potentially provide depth along both spots.
The KC Chiefs have done well with prospects from smaller schools and there are options in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Robert Rochell is my obvious favorite of the group and for good reason. By the time the draft rolls around, he may be mentioned as a top100 draft prospect. He has a great opportunity to show his talents at the Senior Bowl. He is not as fast as Sneed but he does appear to be quick, fast and strong, and capable of developing into a solidly contributing corner at this level. He is a huge favorite of mine.
The two prospects I’m keeping an eye on — beyond Rochell — are Demetrius Taylor and Dillon Radunz. Taylor has the ability to provide depth along the defensive line at three different positions while Radunz could be capable of helping provide help and depth at left tackle in 2021 if Fisher can’t go and could play left guard as well.
Versatility and depth are how the Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl and prospects that provide those traits are how they can return in the future.