4. DT Derrick Nnadi
It took a revamped unit a little while to get its act together. But when it was all said and done, the Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive unit finally found itself under its new scheme and coordinator in November. And it was this side of the football that proved to be a major factor in the team’s season-ending nine-game winning streak, which included the club’s 31-20 triumph in Super Bowl LIV.
There’s no way to downplay the impact that defensive lineman Chris Jones has on the Kansas City defense. And it and it was never more evident than in Super Bowl LIV, when late the game he swatted down a few pass attempts by San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The organization gave him the franchise tag this offseason but he still has not signed his tender nor agreed to a long-term deal. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi comes off a solid showing in 2019. He’s played in all 32 games and give postseason contests since joining the club as a third-round draft choice in 2018. The former Florida State standout was a 16-game starter this past season and finished the year with 48 tackles. He’s not a pass-rushing threat but gives Steve Spagnuolo’s unit a steady option against the run. And he’s still learning.