Six picks. That’s all the Kansas City Chiefs have in the 2014 NFL Draft to rebuild their roster for next season. While it’s been heavily speculated that the Chiefs will select a wide receiver with their first round pick (check out Josh’s article on who Todd McShay thinks here), Kansas City will need to pick up a cornerback in the later rounds of the draft. One such corner the team could consider is Stanley Jean-Baptiste out of Nebraska.
Jean-Baptiste played for the Cornhuskers for three seasons. He actually started his career as a wide receiver, but played cornerback his last two years. Jean-Baptiste finished his Nebraska career with 74 total tackles and seven interceptions, two of those were returned for touchdowns (Source: Sports Reference).
Stanley Jean-Baptiste Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.61 seconds
Bench press – 13 reps
Vertical jump – 41.5 inch*
Broad jump – 128.0 inch*
20-yard shuttle – 4.33 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Jean-Baptiste is rated as a top ten cornerback in this year’s draft and is projected to go in either the second or third round. He would be a decent selection for Kansas City because they could grab a bigger need in the first round and land Jean-Baptiste with their third round pick (assuming he’s still on the board).
“Outstanding size and length to mix it up with bigger receivers. Good balance and body control. Jumps routes. Has good hands to intercept and can highpoint throws. Very productive on the ball in limited time as a starter — 21 pass PBUs and 6 INTs in 17 starts at Nebraska. Works to get better and made strides as a senior.” – Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com on Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s strengths
Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report doesn’t think that Jean-Baptiste is an immediate starter in the NFL and believes he will go sometime in the third round. Jean-Baptiste only played defense for two years so he would definitely be a work in progress for the Chiefs.
“Stanley Jean-Baptiste has the size that executives drool over, but he has a lot of work to do to become an effective NFL player. Since he only played defense for two seasons, expect him to be groomed in his first season and then have to earn playing time in his second year. His best scheme fit is going to be in Cover 2, where he will consistently have safety help and his assignment will be easily defined for him.” – Wharton
Reading some of the criticisms on Jean-Baptiste, maybe he isn’t the right corner for the Chiefs. Kansas City needs someone who could eventually take over and be a starter in the secondary.
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