The Chiefs have aspirations of a top-10 defense in 2023-24. If they’re able to accomplish that goal, former first-round draft pick George Karlaftis will be a big reason why.
Karlaftis finished the season with 33 tackles, six sacks, and an impressive seven passes deflected, though it was his performance throughout the second half of the year that should have fans salivating with excitement.
George Karlaftis’ Second-Half Surge
After accumulating just 0.5 sacks through the first nine games of the year, Karlaftis exploded in the second half to become one of the NFL’s more dominant pass rushers.
Karlaftis and Chris Jones are the only teammates on that list, giving Kansas City a one-two punch on the defensive line that can go toe-to-toe with any other duo in the league.
Frank Clark is no longer on the roster, so expectations are high for Karlaftis as the Chiefs hope to finish a top-10 defense in 2023-24. After finishing with the second-most sacks in the league last season, Kansas City has a path to even better numbers if the former Purdue standout can replicate his late-season success.
He had at least a half sack in six of the Chiefs’ last seven regular season games and added a pivotal sack in the AFC Championship against the Bengals.
There are many reasons to be excited about Kansas City’s defense this season with so many young contributors. Karlaftis is expected to help usher in a new era of Chiefs’ defensive dominance, and his continued development is the key for Kansas City’s unit to reach new heights.