Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Damarious Randall


The Kansas City Chiefs are less than a week away from the 2015 NFL Draft. They have ten picks to make, and they have a lot of holes. Would Damarious Randall be a good option for the KC Chiefs at the safety position?


Former Arizona State Safety Damarious Randall brings good speed, but questionable size (5’11” 196 lbs.) for the position in the 2015 NFL Draft. However, his range, versatility, and aggressiveness make him an attractive prospect for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Certainly, the Kansas City Chiefs have a need at safety. Given Eric Berry‘s uncertain future and Tyvon Branch‘s 1-year contract, general manager John Dorsey might like to add to his depth at safety.

NFL.com wrote about Randall:

"Randall is considered undersized for the safety position and some teams have him projected as a cornerback. While he has the speed and athletic traits to transition to cornerback, his cover skills and technique need quite a bit of work to be ready for the NFL level. Randall has a nose for the ball and a strong desire to make an aggressive tackle in space, so there could still be teams that give him a legitimate shot at safety, where he carries a higher draft grade."

Damarious Randall’s strengths are his above-average speed, and his aggressiveness. NFL.com says he has the tendencies of an in-the-box safety without the size for the role. He racked up 177 tackles in two years with the Sun Devils, but can be taken for a ride by big ball carriers. Sometimes, he will need help making stops.

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Randall is also dangerous with the ball after making an interception. He averaged 29.8 yards per return in his six career picks as a collegian, including two for touchdowns.

According to CBS Sports.com, Randall played special teams at Arizona State: which would make him useful even if he does not win a starting job for the Kansas City Chiefs his rookie year.

However, CBS Sports says Damarious Randall can be over-aggressive and vulnerable to play fakes. NFL.com believes Randall needs significant technique work in coverage and will take false steps. He could play corner in the NFL, but profiles better as a safety.


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Both NFL.com and CBS Sports see Damarious Randall as a second round talent. However, NFL.com reports that an anonymous NFC defensive backs coach rates him as the best safety in the draft.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton could use Randal’s range and versatility in his numerous nickel and dime sets. He would be a solid get in the 2nd round and could be available at KC’s no. 49 overall pick.

However, the Kansas City Chiefs could pass on safety depending on Eric Berry’s recovery from Hodgkins Lymphoma. If Berry is able to suit up in 2015, safety becomes a low-priority.

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