While not likely, it is possible the Kansas City Chiefs get through the second day of the draft without adding a cornerback to their roster.
We will start off that yes, I did not anticipate the Kansas City Chiefs trading for Frank Clark only to have the trade announced hours later. While I still believe the Chiefs will add a cornerback in either the third, or more likely with one of their multiple second round selections, there is a chance the Chiefs avoid the position until day three and may simply pass on drafting that position at all.
Going into the 2018 NFL Draft, the Chiefs had a need at corner. There were a bunch of corners on the board when the Chiefs traded up, including Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver (drafted by Atlanta) and Auburn’s Carlton Davis (drafted by Tampa Bay), when the Chiefs selected Ole Miss defensive tackle Breeland Speaks with the intention of making him an outside linebacker.
Is there a player on the board that moves the needle when the Chiefs select?
The Kansas City Chiefs have spent a significant amount of time looking into cornerbacks that appear to come off the board in the second round.
Lonnie Johnson of Kentucky, Sean Bunting of Central Michigan, Armani Oruwaryie of Penn State, Julian Love of Notre Dame, Justin Layne of Michigan State and Joejuan Williams of Vanderbilt are all names the Chiefs have looked into that all likely are second round selections. However, will any of them be on the board when the Chiefs select at 61?
While the position group does have solid depth, the draft appears to lack an immediate impact type player. Evident by the fact there is not a cornerback likely to come off the board during the first half of the draft, so while the depth is nice, none of the names listed above are the type teams should trade up for.
Last year, the Chiefs moved up and reached for players almost across the board in all spots of the draft in every round. It showed on the field with little to no contribution from any of their rookies. It’s imperative for the Chiefs to not do that again, to find players that provide value in their spot. Which brings us to the next point.