June 19, 2024

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Kinnard, who turned 24 in December, was a three-year player at Kentucky in college.

 

His success along the offensive line led to the Chiefs taking a swing on him with the 145th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. In two seasons with the team, however, the former fifth-round pick appeared in just one regular-season game for Kansas City. That came in Week 5 of the 2022-23 campaign, as Kinnard logged six special teams snaps but none on offense.

Kinnard did not break camp with the Chiefs after training camp and the preseason, although he was subsequently added back to the practice squad. There, he completed the season without being promoted for any of the year’s competitions. Even though the organization tried to find him a spot at guard and tackle, he never appeared to fit in Kansas City. Back in May, general manager Brett Veach was candid about Kinnard’s versatility as an insider and outsider. Later in his rookie season, offensive line coach Andy Heck shared the following observations on the player:

Though the Kinnard investment did not pan out, the Chiefs can still look forward to a number of high-scoring picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Blue-chip prospects like Trent McDuffie are among the class’s standout depth players, along with George Karlaftis and Isiah Pacheco, two starter-level performers. Like Kinnard, Kansas City will close the file on that pick moving forward and turn the page on his next chapter.

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