Earlier on Thursday night, the Chiefs moved up to No. 21 to select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.
With their second pick of the first round, Kansas City elected to stick with defense, choosing Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis at No. 30 overall.
Karlaftis was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2021, recording 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks in 12 games. He also had three forced fumbles, a pair of pass breakups, and blocked a field goal.
He ended up starting all 27 games that he played while at Purdue, also becoming a first-team freshman All-American back in 2019 when he had 7.5 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss.
Given that the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins, it is a moderate surprise that the club did not end up going with a receiver in the first round.
Kansas City’s next selection will be at No. 50 overall in the second round — one of the picks the club acquired in the deal for Hill.