Not to be outdone, Karlaftis already has two sacks in the young season while displaying a new cache of pass-rushing moves and enhanced explosiveness.
Also selected in the first round of last year’s draft, the former Purdue star looks like a foundational piece of the defense for years to come.
That’ll play. It’s particularly exciting to think about what Karlaftis can do with Chris Jones the rest of the season. Jones commands so much attention that it frees Karlaftis and the other pass-rushers up to attack one-on-one matchups.
Once Omenihu comes back, Kansas City could easily once again rank at the top of the league in sacks.
That’s an elite list of names to be on. If Karlaftis continues this emergence, Veach may have no choice but to find a way to keep both second-year players.