The Kansas City Chiefs need help in the secondary and the 2016 NFL Draft could be the best way to address it. Vonn Bell would be a nice addition to any team’s secondary.
The KC Chiefs have several different directions they can choose to go in in the 2016 NFL Draft, but one of the areas they need to address the most is in the secondary. With Sean Smith splitting for Oakland and Husain Abdullah retiring, safety and cornerback are definitely two positions that need attention in the draft.
One of the best safeties available in this year’s draft is Vonn Bell out of Ohio State, who the Chiefs were linked with in one of Todd McShay’s earlier mock drafts. McShay had this to say about the Bell possibly landing in Kansas City,
With nine career interceptions, Bell displays great instincts and range in coverage. He’s an aggressive and tough run defender who had remarkable durability, playing in all 42 Ohio State games since 2013. This is an NFL-ready safety who could start for the Chiefs in Week 1.
The pick would make sense for a number of reasons. The main one being that it’s a position of need for the Chiefs, and while Eric Berry is franchise tagged and Ron Parker has looked better as a safety than a cornerback, it’s never a bad idea to build for the future and add depth. That’s just what Vonn Bell could provide for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pro Day Results
- 40-yard dash – 4.51 seconds
- Vertical jump – 30.5 inches
Bell only bench pressed at the Combine and had 16 reps.
Pro Day results courtesy of Gil Brandt of NFL.com
Bell started for two seasons at Ohio State and played there three seasons total. He had 175 tackles, 15 defended passes, and nine interceptions in 38 games. He matches up well with wide receivers and has experience in man-t0-man coverage.
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CBS Sports lists Bell’s biggest weakness as getting turned around on plays and struggles to locate plays at times. He also had MCL surgery in 2014, which could be why he’s not a first round projection (though he played all throughout 2015 and seemed just fine).
Though lacking in desired size and physicality, Bell has the ability to match up in space and is at his best when keeping the action in front of him where he combines his vision, reactive quickness and ball skills to go make plays on the ball. Bell lacks size and isn’t an aggressive tackler so he needs to prove he can run so that he locks in his draft positioning as one of the top free safeties in this draft. – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” on Bell
Not having a third round pick hurts the Chiefs for sure, but they can’t let that stop them from picking up some help for the secondary in the first two rounds. Bell is projected to go in the second round, which means that the Chiefs go with a cornerback, offensive guard, or wide receiver in the first round.
Those positions are not only areas of need for the KC Chiefs, but they have better prospects available in the first round. The only better safety option than Bell in this year’s draft is Jalen Ramsey, who very well could go number one overall.
Would you want to see the Chiefs draft Vonn Bell in the 2016 NFL Draft?