The Chiefs Select Wisconsin Linebacker Leo Chenal in the 3rd Round

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48 hours ago the Chiefs had two 3rd round picks, their original one plus one from the Bears hiring Ryan Poles. They traded the better one to the Patriots to move up in the 1st round, but kept the 2nd one and used it on an inside linebacker Leo Chenal.

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Gersidi76
Gersidi76
04/30/2022 11:28 am

great pick. our lb core 2 years ago was a joke, now its a strength. veach rebuilt the OL and lb core in 2 years to an extreme degree. wow

Berserker
Berserker
04/29/2022 11:34 pm

Welp, yesterday I logged off mad that we’d drafted an undersized CB, and then I woke up seeing things in a whole new light.

I can’t see how that can possibly repeat itself with this redundant LB we just drafted. But I’ll give it a try. See y’all tomorrow.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Tony Sommer
04/29/2022 11:49 pm

Niemann was supposed to be our nickel LB. Chenal’s weakest area is supposed to be coverage.

Ha! You might’ve picked the one and only way that Niemann might actually be better than Chenal.

Nice try, though. Honestly, I try to like all our picks, but it just isn’t happening with this one right now. Maybe he’ll morph into TJ Watt by September.

ForeverRanger91
04/29/2022 11:24 pm

No more of this “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane” bullshit.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
04/29/2022 11:26 pm

Can’t wait until Clark is gone.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:31 pm

Do you think they skipped a second DE this draft just because they still have Clark?

I could see that actually being true. If so, that would be enraging.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Berserker
04/29/2022 11:38 pm

Now you have enraged me. LOL

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:39 pm

My work here is done.

ForeverRanger91
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:32 pm

Best part about this group, especially these DB’s is that no business decisions are going be made.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:17 pm

Quick nitpick, Tony. Chenal’s last name is not spelled like the French clothing line.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
04/29/2022 11:24 pm

LOL. No worries. Spelling is just one thing that jumps off the screen at me. Sorry.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:15 pm

Guess conversion is out of the question.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:18 pm

sigh

Hey, stuckinpackland, looks like Nick “doesn’t like anything,” either. wtf.

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland
Reply to  Berserker
04/30/2022 12:29 am

Pfff settle down

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:14 pm

LOL…oh. Maybe he’ll be alright. Maybe.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:12 pm

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:21 pm

So what? So maybe we improve from excellent to slightly excellent-er, at the least important position on defense. While we have Frank Clark’s corpse starting at DE. yay.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Berserker
04/29/2022 11:22 pm

I agree. Glad he has good numbers. They just drafted the equivalent of another QB.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:10 pm

I’m hoping they try to convert Chenal. Hate trying to convert 3rd rounders, but that’s the only way I can make myself stomach the pick.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:14 pm

Yep. As just a SAM LB who doesn’t rush, he won’t get on the field enough to make any impact.

Berserker
Berserker
04/29/2022 11:08 pm

“Oversized, throwback type who tested through the roof but doesn’t play to that level of athleticism on the field. Awesome as a blitzer and quality run defender. Little-to-no experience or refined skill in coverage, which is a concern, and Chiefs already have young LBs on the roster. (Chris Trapasso)”
Grade C+

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:04 pm

At least we got the school right. LOL

ForeverRanger91
04/29/2022 11:03 pm

Well missed or arm tackles shouldn’t be an issue with this crop. Tough physical players drafted with every pick, including Moore.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Tony Sommer
04/29/2022 10:58 pm

BOOM!!! an excellent pick

Last edited 2 months ago by zulu trader
Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Tony Sommer
04/29/2022 11:01 pm

Well, at least he won’t be pushing Bolton out of the middle. That’s some good news.

But if we wanted a SAM who could rush, then we should’ve drafted Bonitto. Or anybody who has actually done that before, instead of a total conversion job.

river
river
04/29/2022 10:48 pm

Why has Perrion Winfrey dropped so much and can we get him in the 4th round ?

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  river
04/29/2022 11:03 pm

I’ve read it was the scheme Oklahoma played. The way they rushed their Dline doesn’t happen nearly as often in the NFL, made their Dlinemen tough to evaluate.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Berserker
04/29/2022 11:05 pm

They had them all out of position damn near all season long. Winfrey was at NT a LOT and Isaiah Thomas was at 3 Tech. They belonged at 3 Tech and DE.

zulu trader
zulu trader
04/29/2022 10:45 pm

Leo Chenal LB, WISCHeight: 6-3, Weight: 250
Oversized, throwback type who tested through the roof but doesn’t play to that level of athleticism on the field. Awesome as a blitzer and quality run defender. Little-to-no experience or refined skill in coverage, which is a concern, and Chiefs already have young LBs on the roster. (Chris Trapasso)

Draft Scouting Report:
Rating: 82.87 (Long-term starter)
Pro Comparison: Vince Williams
Strengths:
Built like old-school middle linebacker. Shoots gaps, fights through blocks and can be very disruptive in the backfield. Never accused of running around blocks — he consistently takes the shortest distance to the ball. In fact, he’s among the best in this class at flowing to the ball on zone reads, beating offensive linemen to the spot, and then knifing into the backfield to disrupt the play. Like having a defensive lineman at the second level in terms of toughness.
Weaknesses:
While he shows an ability to drop into zones, his coverage responsibilities are the weakest part of this game. As such, his change of direction in the open field is just average, and the primary question NFL teams will have to answer is if he is a three-down player at the next level.
Accolades:

  • 2021: Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year
  • 2021: First-team All-Big Ten
saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
04/29/2022 10:43 pm

ranked 68th on CBS Sports Big Board. KC got him at 104

ChiefDog
04/29/2022 10:42 pm

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
04/29/2022 10:40 pm

4.52 forty 40.5 inch vert at 250 lbs.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  saints_chiefsfan1979
04/29/2022 10:43 pm

He’ll be a helluva special teamer. And that’s probably all.

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
Reply to  Berserker
04/29/2022 10:44 pm

or maybe TJ Watt

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  saints_chiefsfan1979
04/29/2022 10:59 pm

Was TJ Watt an off-ball LB throughout college before he became an edge rusher in the NFL? Honestly asking, I don’t know that.

I have been thinking about Clay Matthews, who was mostly an off-ball LB in college. But I don’t think he is very similar to Chenal, because Matthews did do some edge rushing in college as well, and he could bend the edge.

Hopefully this kid can be converted to something useful. But I’m just can’t see it right now.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Berserker
04/29/2022 11:07 pm

I don’t recall him playing anything but EDGE

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  SCKSChief
04/29/2022 11:16 pm

Tedy Bruschi, as another conversion example? Except he converted the opposite way, from DE to off-ball.

I dunno, wracking my brain but just can’t see how it’s gonna work. Maybe something will come to my by morning.

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland
04/29/2022 10:34 pm

Jesus berserker u don’t like anything. This dude is an absolute stud.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Stuckinpackland
04/29/2022 10:36 pm

“Just one more…and it would’ve been a near perfect draft.”

“NEAR PERFECT.”

“u don’t like anything.” wtf.

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland
Reply to  Berserker
04/29/2022 10:53 pm

“He can stuff the run. yay”
“Maybe this pick is just to keep the fans who are age 65+ happy” “Might be the best MLB in the draft, he won’t ever get on the field except if Bolton is injured. “What a complete waste of a pick”

Last edited 2 months ago by Stuckinpackland
Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Stuckinpackland
04/29/2022 11:05 pm

Yeah, I don’t like this one pick. “u don’t like anything.” And, wtf.

Berserker
Berserker
04/29/2022 10:33 pm

Just one more decent DE or CB. Just one more guy who can actually defend the passing plays that are 80% of the NFL’s offense, and it would’ve been a damned near perfect draft.

ChiefDog
04/29/2022 10:32 pm

Dude lives in the backfield on his highlights…

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  ChiefDog
04/29/2022 10:34 pm

He can stuff the run. yay.

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