2017 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Jack Tocho

Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Jack Tocho. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Jack Tocho. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs have been looking at help for the secondary. Jack Tocho from North Carolina State could be a late round option.

There were some major growing pains for the Kansas City Chiefs cornerbacks last season. After a lot of early season struggles, the team finally discovered Terrance Mitchell as a viable starter. The Chiefs would be smart to invest in their future at corner, and Jack Tocho of NC State could be a strong move there.

Apart from Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson, there really isn’t anything the Chiefs can rely on at cornerback. Terrance Mitchell emerged as a starter last year, but he’s a free agent after this season. The rest of the depth chart is made up of guys who could easily be beat out for jobs in Training Camp this year.

The Chiefs invested heavily in corners in last year’s NFL Draft. However, Keivarae Russell didn’t work out and Eric Murray was moved to safety. That left just DJ White at corner for the Chiefs, and he has yet to show he will be more than a backup.

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The 2017 NFL Draft is absolutely loaded with talent at the cornerback position, which is good news for the Chiefs. John Dorsey and his staff should be able to grab at least one, if not two, quality corners from this group. To that end, Dorsey has even commented about how strong this class looks at the position.

Jack Tocho – CB – NC State

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If it hadn’t been for an injury in his junior year, Jack Tocho might be talked about much higher in the 2017 NFL Draft. Tocho is an impressive young man who is well-traveled. Recipient of multiple team honors, he draws nothing but praise from those who know him.

Jack Tocho has good size for the position. Described by multiple sources as a very smart player, and it shows up on tape. Diagnoses the play quickly and reads the quarterback well. Puts himself in position to make the stop. Experience in a variety of roles in the secondary. Sees the field very well and makes smart adjustments.

On the negative side for Jack Tocho, he is not a top level athlete. Doesn’t have the speed to be on the outside all game or the quickness to be on the inside. Despite knowing where to be, he will often get there late. Receivers can get an advantage on him and then pull away quickly.

The more I watch Jack Tocho, the more I think he might be better suited as a safety. He’s a very intelligent player, and I think there is a future for him. The Chiefs might be a great fit because they don’t limit their players to any one position. His ability to read and diagnose plays could make him a similar player to Daniel Sorensen.

The Kansas City Chiefs would be wise to invest in their secondary. In today’s NFL, it is a necessity that teams be able to defend against the pass. The Chiefs have some talent on the roster, but need to be thinking about the long-term. Don’t be surprised if they make a couple of picks there.