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Five Things to Know About New Chiefs DE Charles Omenihu

The Chiefs officially signed Omenihu on Thursday

The Chiefs bolstered their defensive front on Thursday with the addition of free agent defensive end Charles Omenihu.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the defense.

1. He put together a career season for the San Francisco 49ers last year.

Omenihu racked up 54 pressures, 16 quarterback hits and 4.5 sacks in 17 games for the 49ers last season, recording (or matching, in the case of quarterback hits) career-bests in each category. He recorded at least three pressures in nine games.

His 54 pressures ranked second on the 49ers and would have ranked second on the Chiefs behind only defensive lineman Chris Jones (77). He ranked 27th league-wide in that category overall.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) runs during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

2. Prior to joining the 49ers, Omenihu spent parts of three seasons with Houston.

Originally a fifth-round pick (No. 161 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, Omenihu spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with Houston before being sent to the 49ers in a trade midway through the 2021 campaign.

He recorded 75 pressures, 24 quarterback hits and seven sacks in 35 games with the Texans, including a sack on Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Week 6 of the 2019 season.

3. Omenihu is a versatile player who can line up all over the defensive front.

The 25-year-old Omenihu is a perfect fit for Chiefs' Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who often likes to deploy his defensive linemen at various spots along the line of scrimmage. In fact, Omenihu logged significant snaps last season as an outside edge rusher (310 snaps), lined up over the opposing tackle (127 snaps) and along the interior of the defensive line (133 snaps).

A major reason that Omenihu is able to play those different positions is his tremendous size. He's a big man at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds with 36-inch arms. For context, his arm length would have been the second-longest of any edge rusher at the NFL Scouting Combine this year.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu is pictured is pictured during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 30-23. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

4. He has been durable throughout his young career.

It's a grind playing in the trenches, but Omenihu has proven himself to be a durable player during his career. Specifically, Omenihu has played in 61 of 67 possible games during his time as a professional. He played in all 17 games last season, logging three starts.

5. Omenihu played his college ball at the University of Texas.

Omenihu was a stalwart along the Longhorns' defensive line from 2015-2018, playing in 51 career games (33 starts) while tallying 99 total tackles, 29.5 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks. He was the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2018, earning First-Team All-Conference honors as well.

Omenihu has continued to improve every year of his career in the time since his college days, and now on the Chiefs, he'll have a chance to continue that growth as a member of the reigning Super Bowl champions.

A look at the Chiefs newest defensive end Charles Omenihu

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