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Chiefs pick hometown star Felix Anudike-Uzomah of K-State


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs used the final selection of the first round of the hometown NFL draft to pick a hometown boy, selecting Kansas State pass rusher Felix Anudike-Uzomah with the 31st overall pick Thursday night.

Anudike-Uzomah was born in Kansas City and became a high school star in the suburb of Lee's Summit, Missouri, before heading down Interstate 70 to play for the Wildcats. He became a starter in the Big 12 by his sophomore season and declared for the draft after a junior season in which he was voted the league's defensive player of the year.

Anudike-Uzomah fills a big need for the Chiefs, who had to release Frank Clark to create some salary cap space.

The Chiefs also used a first-round pick last year on defensive end George Karlaftis, and now they have two young players to anchor their pass rush for years to come. Karlaftis had six sacks while helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl as a rookie.

Quarterbacks were selected with the first two picks and three of the first four. But no more were taken in the rest of the round.

The Houston Texas made some early noise, taking Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud with the second pick and then made a trade with the Arizona Cardinals to take Alabama linebacker Will Anderson with the No. 3 pick.

Thursday's first-round picks:

1. Carolina (from Chicago), Bryce Young, qb, Alabama.

2. Houston, C.J. Stroud, qb, Ohio State.

3. Houston (from Arizona), Will Anderson Jr., lb, Alabama.

4. Indianapolis, Anthony Richardson, qb, Florida.

5. Seattle (from Denver), Devon Witherspoon, cb, Illinois.

6. Arizona (from L.A. Rams through Detroit), Paris Johnson Jr., ot, Ohio State.

7. Las Vegas, Tyree Wilson, de, Texas Tech.

8. Atlanta, Bijan Robinson, rb, Texas.

9. Philadelphia (from Carolina through Chicago), Jalen Carter, dt, Georgia.

10. Chicago (from New Orleans through Philadelphia), Darnell Wright, ot, Tennessee.

11. Tennessee, Peter Skoronski, ot, Northwestern.

12. Detroit (from Cleveland through Houston and Arizona), Jahmyr Gibbs, rb, Alabama.

13. Green Bay (from N.Y. Jets), Lukas Van Ness, de, Iowa.

14. Pittsburgh (from New England), Broderick Jones, ot, Georgia.

15. N.Y. Jets (from Green Bay), Will McDonald IV, lb, Iowa State.

16. Washington, Emmanuel Forbes, cb, Mississippi State.

17. New England (from Pittsburgh), Christian Gonzalez, cb, Oregon.

18. Detroit, Jack Campbell, lb, Iowa.

19. Tampa Bay, Calijah Kancey, dt, Pittsburgh.

20. Seattle, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, wr, Ohio State.

21. L.A. Chargers, Quentin Johnston, wr, TCU.

22. Baltimore, Zay Flowers, wr, Boston College.

23. Minnesota, Jordan Addison, wr, Southern Cal.

24. N.Y. Giants (from Jacksonville), Deonte Banks, cb, Maryland.

25. Buffalo (from N.Y. Giants through Jacksonville), Dalton Kincaid, te, Utah.

26. Dallas, Mazi Smith, dt, Michigan.

27. Jacksonville (from Buffalo), Anton Harrison, ot, Oklahoma.

28. Cincinnati, Myles Murphy, de, Clemson.

29. New Orleans (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver), Bryan Bresee, dt, Clemson.

30. Philadelphia, Nolan Smith, lb, Georgia.

31. Kansas City, Felix Anudike-Uzomah, de, Kansas State.

Miami forfeited its first round pick due to tampering.