KC Chiefs: Way too early look at potential positions of need in 2021 draft

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The KC Chiefs will need to look at cornerback early on in the 2021 draft after late round additions during the 2020 draft.

Perhaps no team has invested less in an important position quite like the Chiefs have at corner. Maybe it will work out, as it certainly did last year. What will happen this upcoming season and beyond. The Chiefs still need help at the position despite adding depth with late round pickups in the 2020 draft.

Derion Kendrick, Clemson

An unknown name currently, Derion Kendrick appears to be the next Clemson corner to find himself selected highly in the draft. After spending his first year as a receiver, Kendrick recorded two interceptions as a corner this past season.

Kendrick likely plays a bigger role with the Clemson defense with A.J. Terrell having moved off to the NFL. With good size and a fluid athlete, Kendrick has the chance to go from unknown to hotly debated by next spring.

Chase Lucas, Arizona State

Chase Lucas is a good sized corner prospect with the opportunity to impress and wow at the senior bowl during the draft lead up process. At 6’0″ and 180 pounds, what Lucas does well is he’s solid in a lot of areas.

With good size, balance and ball skills, Lucas has to opportunity to be a solid NFL corner for many years. His lack of elite skills perhaps limit his ceiling as a prospect, but he has a high floor with room to grow.

Elijah Molden, Washington

Elijah Molden is a bit undersized to play the outside corner at the NFL level, listed at 5’10”, but Molden is a dynamic player, strong tackler and displays good balance and feet while in coverage.

After recording zero interceptions his first two seasons, Molden picked off four passes as a junior to go along with three forced fumbles and 5.5. tackles for loss. Washington continues to produce quality corner prospects and Molden certainly appears to be next on the list.