Saunders is a St. Louis native who showed FBS-level talent as soon as he hit the field as a redshirt freshman. He posted 27 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 13 games as a reserve in 2015. He started all 11 games as a sophomore, posting 48 stops, five for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two pass breakups. Missouri Valley Football coaches named him first-team all-conference in 2017, as he started all 12 games and accumulated 57 tackles, 12 for loss, a team-high 7.5 sacks, and three pass breakups. In 2018 he was named AP FCS second-team All-American.
Khalen Saunders: "I'm an aggressive type of defensive tackle"
Khalen Saunders speaks with the media on Day 1 of Rookie Minicamp
FaceTime with the Chiefs Third 2019 Draft Pick Khalen Saunders
Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel talks with one of the newest members of the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Khalen Saunders
Chiefs Select Western Illinois DT Khalen Saunders at Pick 84
Former Kansas City Chiefs return man Dante Hall announces the selection of Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders No. 84 in the NFL Draft.