ROUND 1: PICK 29 (29TH OVERALL)
Even though the Chiefs added Bashaud Breeland to their cornerback corps, the need for another cornerback is still out there. Yes, Breeland should compliment Kendall Fuller well, but the Chiefs also lost Steven Nelson in free agency and that means there’s still a need for a third option at corner.
Rock Ya-Sin is the pick for the Chiefs in round one and while he’s been pegged as a second rounder in most mock drafts, the Chiefs think enough of him to grab him in round one.
Ya-Sin spent just one season at Temple, but did well there. He totaled 47 tackles, 12 defended passes, and two interceptions in 12 games for the Owls. A lot of the reports out there indicate that with the right coaching, Ya-Sin can be a real star in the pros (though to be fair, that is probably the case with a lot of prospects), which is perfect for Chiefs fans. They have one of the best coaches in the business in Andy Reid.
Some fans might feel that this pick is a reach, but Rock Ya-Sin could be a full-fledged star at season’s end.
What analysts are saying:
He has the strength, toughness and feet to go from shadowing presence to a more disruptive one as a press-man corner. His lack of technique allows for some pitch-and-catch moments in coverage, but he has moldable traits to become a future starter with more experience and coaching.
-Lance Zierlein, NFL.com