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Chiefs Rumors: KC Pursuing Defensive Player Of The Year

The Chiefs pass rush is re-made but lacks depth ahead of the 2022 season. Is this Defensive Player of the Year the next target on the team’s radar?

One can’t help but think that the Chiefs and Brett Veach still have moves to make this offseason. The defensive pass rush, although different with the additions of George Karlaftis and Leo Chenal, still feels incomplete. Brett Veach pulled out all the stops last offseason when shoring up the offensive line. He traded for a big-name tackle, paid record money for Joe Thuney, and acquired top-notch talent in the draft.

With this offseason’s top focus, he hasn’t done nearly as much. The draft seems to be the only avenue that Veach has looked to in changing up the defensive front. The Chiefs haven’t stood by due to a lack of options. Thus far in free agency, countless edge rushers have hit the open market and found new homes. Von Miller, Za’Darius Smith, Haason Reddick, Chandler Jones, and Randy Gregory have all been available in the past few months, to name a few.

It’s hard to fault the Chiefs for letting the market pass them by when you look at the massive contracts those pass rushers signed for. So what is the plan to shore up the pass rush? One available option has the makings of a perfect Brett Veach bargain-bin signing and could impact next season if the Chiefs pursue him.

Chiefs Should Pursue Last Year’s USFL Defensive Player Of The Year

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Chris Odom, of the Houston Gamblers in the USFL, was ranked by NBC Sports as one of the four USFL players most likely to land on NFL rosters next season. “Odom was with the Packers for the 2017 season. He had always been a “hand on the ground” defensive end, but in Green Bay’s scheme, defensive ends Clay Matthews and Nick Perry stood up, often looking like outside linebackers. This gave Odom a whole new view of the offense and a complete skill set as a defensive end. He displayed that in dominating the USFL this spring.”

Odom absolutely dominated the USFL this spring. He appeared in ten games for the Gamblers and led the USFL in sacks with 12.5. He also ranked third in tackles for loss (8) and first in forced fumbles (6). Although Odom flashed some talent in the NFL — he tallied two sacks in four games for Washington in 2019 — he never quite looked like he did this spring in the USFL.

Chris Odom leads the league with ELEVEN sacks! Watch them all here 😤@Chrisodom98 | #ALLIN 🎲 — Houston Gamblers (@USFLGamblers) June 8, 2022

Odom flashed excellent speed rushing ability this spring. He pairs explosive burst off the line of scrimmage with good hands to terrorize opposing offensive tackles. His standout season culminated in the USFL’s first Defensive Player of the Year award. Without question, the talent in the NFL is much better than what Odom faced in the USFL. The Chiefs wouldn’t be acquiring a finished product who can step into the NFL and log 12 more sacks next season. He still needs more work and refinement in his game to succeed at the sport’s top level.

However, the potential certainly seems to be there. According to his agent this week, Odom has three visits scheduled with NFL teams. There aren’t any official reports that the Chiefs are one of those three, but the whispers on Twitter seem to think that Kansas City is one of those teams. Once visits occur, teams must report them officially to the NFL so we should know soon enough.

If he were to join the Chiefs, he’d join Frank Clark and Karlaftis along with a duo of pass rushers with potential but no real experience, in Joshua Kaindoh and Malik Herring. Even if he never becomes an NFL Defensive Player of the Year, as he was in the USFL, the added depth with upside would be a welcome addition for a Chiefs roster looking for change without breaking the bank.

Chris Odom is exactly the type of edge rusher that the Chiefs should look to in solidifying their depth ahead of next season.

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