When donning a Kansas City Chiefs uniform on the defensive side of the ball, head coach Andy Reid has made it imperative for those in the secondary to impose their will on the opposition, thus a mindset more than fit for former Oregon State safety Devin Chappell. Regarded as one of the most feared in college football, Chappell is a relentless ballhawk and finisher, ultimately setting the game’s tone a level higher on defense. Easily the Pac-12’s hardest hitter, Chappell’s impact demanded the best out of his teammates, resulting in a defensive backfield refusing to break a sweat until the clock hit triple zeros.
Though signed as an undrafted free agent, make no mistake that Chappell was worthy of being drafted. That said, he being undrafted could be a blessing disguise, as Chappell’s work ethic is unmatched. Placing 18th against the pass in 2016, the Chiefs are in need of help in the secondary. He is a raw talent, likely to be taken under the wing, and further mentored by fellow safety Eric Berry.
2016 was monumental to say the least when broaching the topic of Chappell’s senior season, as he ranked first in the Pac-12 and NCAA with seven forced fumbles. Chappell was also eighth in the Pac-12 with 35 assisted tackles, speaking for his ability to finish at the point of attack. In addition to Berry, safety Ron Parker as well as cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines all share Chappell’s in game mentality. Nevertheless each are also of high character and spark plugs in the locker room.
If all goes well, Chappell could secure a roster spot with his on field demeanor and dedication to the game. He is not afraid to challenge his teammates and could give Parker a run for a starting job in the future. If there is one word to describe Chappell and the three mentioned above, it is fearlessness. Having said that, the 15th most penalized team in 2016 knows how to walk the walk after talking the talk, thus Chappell deemed a match made in heaven for the Chiefs.
Talking trash in today’s game could be viewed not necessarily as an essential, but a positive for most teams, as the Chiefs’ secondary put Kansas City right at the top in that respect. Though Berry, Peters, Parker, and Gaines all know how to keep themselves in check. Chappell also knows when and when not to open his mouth, demonstrating composure, another must for defensive backs. Contrary to Denver Broncos star corner Aqib Talib, Chappell is well aware of when to hold back, ultimately limiting the number of penalties called per game.
Always a lethal threat in the AFC, the Chiefs have recently burst back onto scene, becoming one of the league’s most up-and-coming franchises. Housing over 70,000 devout fans within its confines, the raucous environment that is Arrowhead Stadium separates Kansas City from the norm. Chappell will only excel in such a setting, running out of the tunnel with an attitude only to be revered by those around him.