The KC Chiefs took Rashad Fenton in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and he looks to be the team’s biggest sleeper heading into this year’s training camp.
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report compiled a list of each NFL team’s biggest sleeper heading into training camp and he said Fenton was the Chiefs’ sleeper.
"In limited action primarily in the slot, the South Carolina product surrendered a passer rating of just 57.7. He’s versatile with the ability to excel outside as well as on special teams. He also forced a fumble on one of only two snaps in a December game against the Raiders, and he recorded a sack in a playoff victory over the Texans."
Fenton’s role will become increasingly more important due to the uncertainty of Bashaud Breeland‘s punishment. It’s very likely that he misses time to start the year, which will pave the way for Fenton to see more playing time.
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Losing Kendall Fuller in free agency was a big loss for this defense. The Chiefs always seem to have a need at the cornerback position and Fenton will definitely have to up the ante with Fuller gone and while Breeland is out. It’ll be him and Charvarius Ward expected to carry the load along with free agent acquisition Antonio Hamilton and draft picks L’Jarius Sneed and BoPete Keyes.
Chiefs fans didn’t have high expectations for Fenton when he was the team’s sixth round pick last year. It was a bit surprising that they waited until the sixth round to take a cornerback and no one really gave Fenton much of a chance to be a big contributor. Many figured he’d mostly be a special teams player.
Instead, Fenton appeared in 12 regular season games and all three playoff games. He didn’t make any starts, but his presence was felt with 15 tackles, four passes defensed, one interception, and a forced fumble. He also had a sack during the playoffs.
It’d be great to see Rashad Fenton blossom into a big time playmaker for the Chiefs and hopefully he has a big camp this summer and can find his way into a starting role in 2020 and beyond. He’s already made the most of his sixth round draft status, but there’s still plenty left in the tank for the South Carolina product.