But questions about his size (6-foot-3, 263 pounds) and relative lack of experience at the position (he played tackle early in his career) knocked him down the board a bit.
None of that mattered to Kansas City.
The guy is just scratching the surface, new Chiefs coach Herm Edwards told ESPN. He's just learning how to play. He plays with passion and heart. That's the kind of player you want on your defense.
In Kansas City, Hali will join former teammate Larry Johnson Jr., a tailback. In fact, Johnson's father, Larry Sr., was Hali's position coach at Penn State.
"I know Larry Johnson," Hali said in an interview with the Chiefs shortly after being picked. "I'm at his father's house right now. I know him very well. He's a real good guy. When I was here I was so anxious to hit him because he was such a good back. To join him on the team now is a privilege."
Hali was the lone Penn State player taken on the first day of the draft through the first three rounds.
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