THE PICK: Sanders Commings, cornerback, Georgia
The Chiefs snagged a cornerback in the fifth round to add to their secondary depth, a move that could prove useful when the Denver Broncos come to town.
Drafted in the 2008 MLB baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Commings is a six-foot, 216 pound edge corner who should help the Chiefs with matchups that feature bigger wide receivers. He isn’t known for his speed but he did run a 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine and tested well in his drills. Improved footwork and fundamentals should allow him to make more plays on the ball which is one of his strengths.
Commings does come with some baggage as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in 2012. He agreed to alcohol and drug testing as well as anger management counseling and was suspended for the first two games of the season. This red flag is likely what caused Commings to fall to Kansas City in the fifth round.
Depending on how quickly Comming adjusts to the NFL, he could allow for another outside corner to allowing Branden Flowers and Dunta Robinson to cover the more dangerous slot receivers in the league like Wes Welker. Commings size should help the Chiefs against teams loaded with bigger receivers and could give Kansas City the option to move Robinson to safety on passing downs.
You can never have too many defensive backs, and given the injury history of Flowers and Kendrick Lewis adding depth to the secondary was something the Chiefs needed to do.
OTHER CHIEFS DRAFT GRADES
First Round – Eric Fisher: B
Third Round – Travis Kelce: B+
Third Round – Knile Davis: B-
Fourth Round – Nico Johnson: B+