George Karlaftis calls the Kansas City Chiefs a ‘great organization’


With the second of their two first-round picks on Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Purdue edge rusher Georges Karlaftis to help bolster their defense in the future. Karlaftis slipped a little in the draft by some opinions, but still managed to stay in the first round of picks and ended up with a strong organization. After being chosen, Karlaftis explained his enthusiasm to join the Chiefs.

“I get after the quarterback, I stop the run. I feel like a three-try player,” Karlaftis said. “I’m an all-around player who can do anything and anything that’s asked, you know, so I think I bring that to the table. I feel like I’m very, very consistent. And I’ve feel like my best football is in front of me. I think those are kind of the attributes of my game that I think have most excited the Chiefs. And I’ve only been playing football for about six, seven years now. So I’m really excited to develop, to be under a great system, to have great teammates, great organization. I couldn’t have asked to be in a better situation.

During his three years at Purdue, Karlaftis was a wrecking ball on the Boilermakers defensive line. During those three seasons, Karlafis recorded a total of 97 tackles, 29 for loss and 14 sacks. Two of those seasons, Karlaftis had a double-digit tackle for the number of losses. Karlaftis had three years to earn All-Big Ten honors and one year of All-American honors.

The star pass thrower’s career was one projected by 247Sports even before he stepped onto the pitch. Karlaftis was a four-star composite of 247Sports in the 2019 recruiting class. Former 247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons rated Karlaftis in September 2018. Simmons projected that Karlaftis would be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft and compared it to Ryan Kerriganwho was playing for Washington at the time of the evaluation.

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“Senior executive who could add weight and transition inside or stay lean with more muscle as a big edge defender. Sufficient length and volume,” Simmons said. “Raw athlete with limited football experience. Diverse athletic background generates a unique set of traits and a rapid development curve. At the snap of the snap, uses length instinctively and plays with great effort. Test numbers from combine are elitist Explosive athlete but still learning to function mechanically Tends to play high and can get away with it Use of hands needs polishing Best defensive prospect to come out of Indiana since Jaylon Smith. Impact power five defender who may need time to develop initially, but with patience he has an NFL first-round advantage.


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