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Kansas City Chiefs: Draft Could Yield Multiple Cornerbacks Again

Kansas City Chiefs corner DJ White. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs corner DJ White. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected three players listed at cornerback. Just a year later, they could do it again.

The Kansas City Chiefs new they were gambling a bit in the secondary in 2016. Apart from Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson, the team had no surefire options. To help combat against this, John Dorsey invested heavily in the position in the NFL Draft. However, a year later, the Chiefs may have to take a similar approach again.

On the surface, it sounds pretty bad. The Chiefs drafted three corners last year and now may have to draft multiple guys again? Well, that’s not the complete picture. First off, KC moved Eric Murray from corner to safety. Second, DJ White appears to be working out ok as a depth option. So it’s not that bad. Of course…there is no cleaning up the KeiVarae Russell situation.

Beyond the three rookies from last year, the Chiefs also got a disappointing season from Phillip Gaines. There had clearly been quite a bit of faith placed in the third year player. However, injuries and poor play in general have likely changed the minds of the team leadership there. At the same time, Kenneth Acker is a journeyman depth player and not a solution.

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That does leave Terrance Mitchell who emerged as a competent option for Kansas City at the end of last year. However, it has to be noted that Mitchell is a journeyman backup. More than likely, the Chiefs just got a good temporary mix of player and scheme. That isn’t something worth investing in with Mitchell due for Free Agency next year.

Chiefs Are Looking

For their own part, the Kansas City Chiefs are actively looking into some of the top cornerback options in the draft. The Chiefs interviewed multiple corners at the NFL Combine. With the 2017 NFL Draft looking loaded at the position, it makes sense to explore options. With KC’s current outlook at the position, it makes sense to invest heavily.

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There is also an interesting situation developing in the NFL Draft when it comes to cornerbacks. One of the top corners, Sidney Jones, injured his Achilles at his Pro Day. Another top prospect, Fabian Moreau, suffered a torn pectoral at his workout. It is wholly possible that the Chiefs could get both players much later than where they were originally projected.

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John Dorsey has shown a penchant for utilizing the NFL Draft to load the Kansas City Chiefs roster with talent. The 2017 NFL Draft provides the Chiefs GM with a lot of opportunities to do that again. With this year’s crop of talent at cornerback, it makes a lot of sense to me that KC will invest heavily.