Read below what the Chiefs first-round draft pick Felix Anudike-Uzomah said following being selected No. 31 overall.
Q: What was your Draft party like?
ANUDIKE‐UZOMAH: “It was amazing. It was just a lot of people, a lot of emotions. (My friends and family)
were more excited than me, for sure. It was just – first of all, I wanted a small (amount of) people because
I’m a type of person that (doesn’t) like all the attention on me, so I just need my family. But it worked out
good. I got drafted by literally my favorite team growing up, so it’s just definitely a dream come true.”
Q: What has made Kansas City a home for you? How happy are you to get to play for your hometown
ANUDIKE‐UZOMAH: “It’s (my) number one love. I remember going to my first Chiefs game back when I
was seven years old, from there I just fell in love with this. Back in the (former QB) Matt Cassel days – it’s
funny – back in the Matt Cassel days, back whenever we were like 1‐12 and we beat the Green Bay Packers
and we were all excited because we just beat, like, the Packers at the time – it’s a dream come true. Also,
I just remember me and my friends just went up to training camp just to watch (Travis) Kelce and the
Chiefs literally just play. It’s coming full circle which is crazy and it’s unbelievable that I’m even in this
position now. I’m a Kansas City Chief. So, I’m definitely going to celebrate with my family and (everyone)
else. I’m thankful for the Kansas City Chiefs fans because I was one of the Kansas City Chiefs fans, so I
know how die hard we are for the Chiefs.”
Q: What’s the most surreal part of the night – that the NFL Draft is in Kansas City, that the Chiefs selected
you? What were you hearing ahead of time about where you might go?
ANUDIKE‐UZOMAH: “The thing is, I in my heart felt like first‐round possibility. I had other people saying I
was (a) second rounder, people in the media saying I was a second rounder. I saw the Kansas City Chiefs
host me three times, so I’m like, ‘Ok, I’m destined to go to the Chiefs.’ I saw you guys loved Frank Clark.
Frank Clark is one of my favorite pass rushers (just) watching him. And I was just like, ‘Listen, if he left,
like, I could definitely have input for the team, especially because I’m a young rusher and I could learn
from the people ahead of me.’ So, it was just a wild experience – having the Draft in KC, me coming out
this year. This is all I dreamed of. Like this is literally – I had a dream of this like four times in my lifetime
and it’s crazy how I’m living in the moment, I’m literally stepping foot…Tomorrow I’m going to probably
wake up and check my phone to make sure I’m still on the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s honestly surreal. And
I’m glad to be a part of the Chiefs. I’m glad to be a part of a winning culture. (I’m) glad to be a part of
(Head Coach) Andy Reid and everything else. And I thank (General Manager Brett) Veach so much for even
having me out on the Kansas City Chiefs.”
Q: General Manager Brett Veach talked about how you just turned 21 in January. How much more
development do you think your game is still going to have? Are there any specific things that you need to
work on in this next phase?
ANUDIKE‐UZOMAH: “Yeah, (in) the next phase I want to work on my upper body. I want to work on my
hand placement. I want to work on a lot of things. There’s a lot of things I want to work on because I’m
only 21 years old. So, it’s just a dream come true. Again, a dream come true. And me being a younger
rusher, there’s a lot of things I can get from the older players about, like, how to perform (at) the next
level, what you need to do, tips and stuff like that. So, in a couple of years I can still be a veteran, but I’ll
be probably 23 or 22 or 24, so and then have a long career. So, I’m glad I came out this early being young.
I’m glad I took the opportunity. And I’m glad a freaking Kansas City Chief.”