Jaquelin Roy could be valuable if Chiefs lose Nnadi and Saunders
Speaking of the Chiefs defensive front, there’s obviously one defensive tackle spot that the team isn’t ever going to worry about. Chris Jones is one of the best defensive players in the league and probably should’ve won Defensive Player of the Year in the 2022 season. Alas, he didn’t, but he’s not the reason that interior D-line is a need.
Beside Jones was often either Derrick Nnadi or Khalen Saunders when the Kansas City defense was healthy. Both of those players, however, are also slated to hit free agency and there’s at good chance that the organization loses at least one of them. While that might take care of the starters, the need for depth behind Jones and whoever else is vital.
Jaquelin Roy looks and acts the part quite often on his film from LSU. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder is extremely powerful and a high-end run defender at the defensive tackle spot. Moreover, even at his size, he’s not a liability in terms of snap count, taking on a great deal of work throughout his college career.
The reason Roy is going to fall to the end of Day 2 or early on Day 3 is his overall lack of pass-rushing. He has a great bull rush — but that’s it. He needs to develop in that department to be more overall effective. Learning from someone like Chris Jones might be the perfect recipe, though, to unlock all of his potential and this is a great spot for Kansas City to fill another need.