KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have selected defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah with the 31st pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday.
The Kansas State standout earned third-team AP All-American and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors with team highs of 11 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 14 starts.
Anudike-Uzomah, a Lee’s Summit native, was also named to first-team All-State as a senior at Lee’s Summit High School.
According to Anudike-Uzomah’s prospect information, he stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 255 pounds with a 33.5-inch arm length and 9 5/8-inch hands.
KING FELIX IS STAYING HOME. FULL CIRCLE MOMENT. Congrats fam @fanudike #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/QWKZqw6qgX— Nosa Eke (@EkeTheGreat3) April 28, 2023
“I’m a Kansas City guy. To be drafted in Kansas City, my mom’s proud about it, everybody in my city is proud of it, so I’m excited,” Anudike-Uzomah previously told FOX4.
Several mock drafts predicted the Chiefs would select Anudike-Uzomah with their first round pick, including FOX4’s Harold Kuntz.
But despite Chiefs general manager Brett Veach suggesting the team could trade up or out of the first round — and coach Andy Reid saying they even had some offers — the Chiefs stuck with their 31st pick to take the K-State defensive end.
Pending any trades, the Chiefs still have nine more picks over the next two days of the NFL Draft:
- Round 2, Pick 63
- Round 3, Pick 95
- Round 4, Pick 122
- Round 4, Pick 134
- Round 5, Pick 166
- Round 6, Pick 178
- Round 6, Pick 217
- Round 7, Pick 249
- Round 7, Pick 250