Kingsley Suamataia drafted in second round by Chiefs

DETROIT (ABC4 Sports) – For the third time in the last four years, a BYU offensive lineman has been selected in the NFL Draft.

Kingsley Suamataia was selected in the second round by the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. He was the 63rd pick overall.

“Coach Andy Reid, he loves his BYU guys,” Suamataia said about the Kansas City head coach, who played at BYU.

Suamataia, a former Orem High star, played one season at Oregon before transferring to BYU, where he came a second team All-Big-12 player in 2023. Suamataia allowed just three total sacks in two seasons with the Cougars.

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“Just felt relieved, just crying a lot,” Suamataia said. “Just a lot of going back like through memories of all the sacrifices everybody put in around the room, in my room that was here, in this conference room. So there’s a lot of emotion, but so grateful and so ready to be a Chief.”

At 6-foot-5, 326 pounds, Suamataia is a massive presence on the offensive line, but does need to polish his technique a bit to become an NFL star. His cousin, Penei Sewell, is an NFL All-Pro and just signed the richest contract for a lineman in NFL history.

“It runs in the bloodline, it runs deep,” Suamataia said. “So I’m just so grateful and blessed to be the next one up right now.”

Suamataia joins Brady Christensen (3rd round, Carolina 2021) and Blake Freeland (4th round, Indianapolis 2023) as recent BYU offensive lineman drafted. Before Christensen, BYU had gone 16 years without a lineman selected.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has strong ties to BYU, having played for the Cougars in the 70’s.

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