The Chiefs are going to have lots of competition over the course of training camp and the preseason, but one of the top ones is the starting DE opposite of Frank Clark.
Even with the loss of Emmanuel Ogbah in free agency, the Chiefs have a lot of options for the starting spot opposite of the shark. That list of options includes Alex Okafor, Tanoh Kpassagnon, and Breeland Speaks as the top options.
Alex Okafor is the favorite to win the competition. He was brought in to play the DE role last season, signing a three-year deal. Before his season-ending injury last year, Okafor proved to be a solid contributor to the defense with five sacks and nine QB Hits. However, Okafor’s cap hit could lead to a potential trade in a move to shed cap. It is not likely that Okafor is moved as he is the most dependable option for the starting role.
Tanoh Kpassagnon is looking to be the next man up at the DE position. The 2017 second round pick possesses insane length and athleticism for his size. He set multiple career-highs last year, including sacks (4), tackles (29), and QB Hits (11). Kpassagnon enters the final year of his rookie deal and this could be his breakout year and opportunity to make a name for himself.
Fellow former second round pick, Breeland Speaks, is also in the mix. He is still a huge question mark as there is still a lot left to be desired. As he returns from a knee injury that held him out of the entire 2019 season, the Chiefs hope he can break out of his shell in his first season with Spagnuolo
The Chiefs also have option to play depth roles. the most obvious name is Taco Charlton as he was signed earlier in the offseason. The Chiefs fifth round pick from April’s draft, Mike Danna, could be a surprising depth piece, earning snaos early in the season.
Other options include former Old Dominion DE Tim Ward, who had a great preseason last year, and Demone Harris, who played in four games last year.
The Chiefs are not low on options at the DE psition. This competition will develop into the 2020 season as Chiefs fans will wait to see who earns snaps early in the season, and who finishes the season on top.