When it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs draft each year, it’s almost inevitable that the team will select a player that makes you go, “WHO?” For many this NFL Draft season, that euphoria happened when the Chiefs selected Joshua Kaindoh with the 144th selection in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Over at the mothership, Matt McMullen (The Chiefs Reporter) immediately put out his article: Five things to know about Joshua Kaindoh, while the Kansas City Chiefs social media team tweeted out this video package upon drafting him:
Our own Mitko put together these awesome comic book crossover covers featuring many Kansas City Chiefs players, including Joshua Kaindoh. If you look closely, the issue costs .59 cents, which is awesome because that just happens to be Joshua Kaindoh’s Kansas City Chiefs jersey number that he will be playing under this season. I really enjoy these amazing pieces from him, and If you want to see more of his work, just give him a follow on Twitter @PJMitko
Welcome to #ChiefsKingdom Joshua Kaindoh!— Mitko (@PJMitko) May 16, 2021
You’ve put in the hard work and effort. We’re thrilled to have you on board and look forward to watching you wreck havoc on the opposite side of @TheRealFrankC_ 🦈 pic.twitter.com/BE7hoN2UD2
When you’re dealing with a “WHO” pick, it’s important to learn as much as you can about them because the Kansas City Chiefs obviously saw something in this kid. What is it? And why he was valued so high isn’t that impossible to figure out. One of the first things that I noticed about Kaindoh was how he bends around the EDGE. He has incredible length and size, so much so, that he’d practically be the EDGE rusher that you build in Madden to glitch the game with pass rush that is so pliable, it’s indefensible. If Gumby were to suit up on Sundays, the closest actual human to his bend and flexibility would be Joshua Kaindoh, and they’d make a helluva a tandem. But make no mistake, despite Josh’s potential, he’s going to require to be extremely coached up to be able to live up to his natural gifts on the gridiron. Coming out of high school in Maryland, Kaindoh was extremely heralded. Check it out:
Kaindoh was ranked as the top defensive end and the No. 5 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals during the recruiting process in 2017. He had more than 30 scholarship offers as the No. 2 player in the entire state of Florida before choosing the Seminoles.
Interestingly enough, the No. 1 prospect in Florida that year was offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, who the Las Vegas Raiders selected with the No. 17 overall pick on Thursday night. Now division rivals, Kaindoh will go head-to-head with Leatherwood twice a year.
A Baltimore native, Kaindoh began his high school career at Mount Carmel High School before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. Kaindoh played alongside several future draft picks at IMG, including Denver Broncos’ wide receiver K.J. Hamler and New Orleans Saints’ guard Cesar Ruiz.
He earned a spot on the All-USA TODAY First-Team as a senior, and after five years in Tallahassee, Kaindoh is headed to Kansas City.
The thing that was immediately concerning to me was drafting a pass rusher that doesn’t hit the quarterback. The Chiefs already have plenty of that going on currently, why add more? But this is a negative approach that doesn’t really give credence to the talent that Joshua Kaindoh possesses as a football player. One thing that caught my attention is that Kaindoh had his most successful sack total in his 2017 season, with four. The interesting tidbit about that is that in 2017, his teammate on that defensive line was none other than his new teammate with the Chiefs — DT Derrick Nnadi. One other thing to note is that the last two seasons, Joshua Kaindoh was only involved in 10 games. So that context is important when you’re determining how well that he played in his overall career. And that I feel like the Chiefs made this move based on his limitless potential, size and bend. So let’s take a look at some of Kaindoh’s highlights (from YouTuber’s Marquishimo and HallsWay) and form our own opinions:
Now, please make sure you watch these videos. It’s fascinating, and you have to understand that Joshua Kaindoh was showing some of his best stuff in these highlights. So they aren’t always great indicators of what Kaindoh will give the Chiefs on a play-to-play basis. Kaindoh has some pass rush moves, I see a good base for a bull-rush, a couple spin moves…but the most impressive thing I watched him do was keep pressing to the ball. He’ll bend, he’s got very quick feet, and he’s so naturally gifted that it almost appears he just lets his natural athleticism take over when the ball is snapped and kind of gets lost in technique, but gets results out of sheer will. Another way to say that is that Kaindoh is very raw, but only in technique. I think he can get on the field tomorrow and his athletic ability will help him pass for an NFL pass rusher. However, if he wants to be what the Chiefs envision him to become someday, I think Kaindoh will really have to take to the coaching and learn how to understand the game of football better.
With the Kansas City Chiefs, I think that Joshua Kaindoh landed in an incredible situation. If the rumors are to be believed, the Kansas City Chiefs EDGE rushers this season are going to be mostly Frank Clark, Chris Jones, Mike Danna, Taco Charlton and Joshua Kaindoh. To me, this is great strategy, because an OL having to take on Kaindoh after dealing with Clark and Jones is going to be in for some adjustments as they couldn’t be more different. The other things to take solace is in Spags’ defense. His has a type that he seems to look for in defenders, and Kaindoh seems to be the perfect EDGE rusher in the Spags System. He has extremely long arms, and can jump out of the damn gym. Just take a look at his RAS scores:
Josh Kaindoh is a DE prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.57 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 59 out of 1361 DE from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/VZwdwr2pWR #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/Z8sNRMFUUt— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 12, 2021
Joshua Kaindoh is some athlete. His scores rank 59th out of 1361 Defensive Ends since 1987. Think of all the NFL-quality defensive ends that have entered the NFL in the past 30+ years, and Kaindoh beats them athletically in many ways. He’s nothing if not a superb athlete, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s a good football player. Kaindoh is a project and with the Chiefs, new coach Ken Flajole was brought on to do special projects for Spags as well as be the outside linebackers coach. This is not speculation, this is something that the Chiefs coaching staff recently talked about when discussing Flajole and his role with the Kansas City Chiefs versus his career in the NFL, and history with Reid, Spags and Chiefs defensive coaches like Matt House. The speculation is me insinuating that Joshua Kaindoh is one of those special projects that Spags will have Flajole work on. Here’s some more info on that from New Press Now:
Coming to Kansas City is familiar territory for the 66-year-old, who has old ties with both Andy Reid and Steve Spagnuolo.
“Andy (Reid) and I were together in college at two different spots at UTEP and Missouri and at the Green Bay Packers and then Spags (Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) and I were together at the St. Louis Rams and the New Orleans Saints, so I’ve got a little history with them,” Flajole said.
Reid highlighted how the history involving the multiple coaches on the defense goes even deeper.
“One unique thing about that defensive staff is you throw Ken in the mix, (Matt) House has been with him, Brendan (Daly) has been with him and they all kind of know each other, and David (Merritt) and Sam (Madison)—Sam played for Spags and David worked with Spags in New York. So, there’s a tie-in there, there’s a connection, so they can get a lot of work done and give the players a lot of good information and they kind of know what each other is thinking,” Reid said.By Micaela Dea News-Press NOW – Click for more.
These types of “WHO?” pick players often make fans nervous, but just last year L’Jarius Sneed was one of those players and I think that worked out amazing for Kansas City. With Joshua Kaindoh, after writing this, I’m not at all worried about him being another Tanoh Kpassagnon as I don’t think they’re similar players at all. No, Kaindoh is his own football player with a deep voice, size, presence, natural talent and athletically speaking is as skilled as they come. With Kaindoh it’s more about if he can put it all together. For me, I believe under the tutelage of the Chiefs coaching staff and learning from two of the best in the business in Frank Clark and Chris Jones, the sky is the absolute limit for Joshua Kaindoh and I can’t be any more excited to watch him develop into the pass rusher the Chiefs need and deserve; while seeing him go from “WHO?” pick to picking up sacks and picking on quarterbacks!