In the Chiefs final of three picks on day two, they selected Khalen Saunders. Saunders is a defensive lineman who is very athletic at 324 pounds. He brings a non-stop motor to the table. Along with that above average athleticism, Saunders presents a wicked first step quickness.
Saunders really shined at the Senior Bowl. His whole Senior Bowl weekend was a cool and fun story. On the first day of Senior Bowl practice, Saunders’s wife gave birth to their daughter. His wife told him to stay in Mobile to finish the week and play in the Senior Bowl game. After a strong performance, he finally got to meet his new born daughter in Chicago. Saunders says he was holding her when he got the call from the Chiefs on Friday.
Saunders playing next to Chris Jones could provide the Chiefs with major production from the inside for years to come. Kansas City has now completely rebuilt their defensive line this offseason. The Chiefs feel like they found great value with Saunders still being available at pick 84. Saunders has great production from his time at Western Illinois, and now he’s the first player to be drafted from that school in 10 years.
The Kansas City Chiefs added six players to the roster over the course of the 2019 NFL Draft last weekend, picking up wide receiver Mecole Hardman, defensive back Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, cornerback Rashad Fenton, tailback Darwin Thompson and guard/center Nick Allegretti.
Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders could be a steal for Kansas City at No. 84. I thought he might go in the top 50. He could be a good complement to Chris Jones.
The first pick of the fourth round for our Big Blue Draft-A-Thon is in the books, and Big Blue View has selected Khalen Saunders (iDL, Western Illinois) for the New York Giants at 109th overall.
Khalen Saunders is a small-school prospect but he could well be a steal at the beginning of the fourth round. He made waves for himself at the Senior Bowl, and not just for his ability to back handsprings at 320 pounds. He is both powerful and agile (exactly the kind of defensive tackle the Giants like) and gave big-school offensive linemen a serious run for their money. He also had one of the most touching moments when he made time to go home for the birth of his daughter, and still made sure to be back in Mobile to play in the Senior Bowl, rather than just stay home because the scouts left.
After trading Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth round pick, the Giants are back on the clock with the 132nd overall selection.
The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting their exclusive Season Ticket Member draft party at Arrowhead Stadium today. There are tons of festivities going on and one of those has been shared by the Chiefs.
The voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus, hosted a Q&A session with all three of the Chiefs new rookies — Mecole Hardman, Juan Thornhill and Khalen Saunders. Fans got a glimpse into who these new players are and what they’re all about.
Each of the rookies weighs-in on different aspects of joining the Chiefs team, from playing with MVP Patrick Mahomes, to the rich tradition of great defensive play in Kansas City.
Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (6-foot, 324) has had an unconventional NFL Draft process. The opportunity to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl is an honor for most prospects. Saunders was balancing the chance to put his talents on display with welcoming his newborn daughter, Kambridge.
“I didn’t want to just leave immediately. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t have made it for the birth anyway because she came right after our first practice. If I wanted to do any of the practices, I was going to miss the birth anyway,” Saunders explained to 247Sports.
“After she had came, I wanted to see her but there wasn’t a rush to get home anyway because she already came. Whether I seen her an hour or two after she came or a day or two, she wouldn’t have remembered anyway. It was my fiancee deciding it was best for me to stay up there in Mobile and competing with everybody and raising my draft stock.”Raise his draft stock, he did. Saunders has put himself in a position to hear his name called on Day Two of the 2019 NFL Draft, which brings a four year contract.
The defensive lineman did get the chance to go back to Illinois and spend some time with his daughter after practices concluded but before returning for Saturday’s game.
“I was actually the one who made the decision to come home before the game. Everybody was getting to see her. Literally grandparents, aunties and everybody was getting to see her before I get to so I guess that was the jealous part of me.”
As if the pre-NFL Draft process has not been enough, Saunders has also been spending his time preparing to be a father.