KC Chiefs continue adding defensive depth with Tremon Smith in round six

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The KC Chiefs have added their fifth straight defensive player in the 2018 NFL Draft and the pick at number 196 overall is Tremon Smith, a cornerback out of Central Arkansas.

The KC Chiefs heard you loud and clear Chiefs Kingdom and they’re adding defensive talent in the 2018 NFL Draft. Tremon Smith is their latest pick and he is a cornerback from Central Arkansas.

While coming from a smaller school, Smith is not a small talent. He had a solid career at Central Arkansas, totaling 41 tackles, 11 defended passes, and five interceptions (one taken back for a touchdown) last season.

The Chiefs need to add secondary depth and Smith, while probably not NFL starter material, adds both depth to the cornerback spot and special teams depth as well. Kansas City has shown that they’re committed to adding defensive prospects in this draft and Tremon Smith should be someone that pops in training camp this summer.

Per NFL.com,

"While he faced a lower level of competition, he possesses the size, speed, athletic ability and instincts that should be able to translate to the league. Smith has the potential to fight for either an outside or slot role, but he’ll need to play with better discipline in order to avoid penalties and big plays."

Playing at a smaller school is always a knock on these guys, but Tremon Smith possesses what the Chiefs look for and could end up surprising all of us. As I mentioned above, he’s probably not going to be a starter any time soon (or ever for that matter), but the draft analysts appear to be high on him.

Last week, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report tweeted out how much he liked Smith in this draft. He mentioned that he’s physical and has room for improvement, but said that he could indeed become a starter someday.

This is a nice late round grab for the Kansas City Chiefs and is truly a boom or bust type pick. Tremon Smith will either be someone who we notice right away on the gridiron or he can’t handle the bigger level of competition and kind of fades away.

So far, five picks have rolled in for the KC Chiefs and all five have been on defense. The Chiefs, as of now, have one final pick and if they go defense there, it’ll be an all-defensive draft in Brett Veach’s first year as the general manager.

Hey, that was what needed to be addressed, so good for Veach for doing just that. Welcome to Kansas City, Tremon Smith! Hope to see you on the field as a legitimate starter someday!