The KC Chiefs brought in several talented UDFAs who have a legitimate shot at making some noise for them in 2020, but one not to overlook is cornerback Lavert Hill.
"Hill, roughly 5’9″, tossed up 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Over four years, the cornerback returned two interceptions for touchdowns while totaling 56 tackles, six picks and 20 passes defensed.The numbers weren’t enough for the NFL draft, though, which seemingly has created a rich-get-richer scenario for the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs.They have steadily been making a defensive transition after a scheme change, and adding a high-ceiling prospect with good instincts, great ball skills and proven production is never a bad thing at a premium position.Sometimes a few big plays make all the difference for an undrafted player, and Hill has a good chance to make those happen."
Picking a cornerback isn’t shocking considering what the KC Chiefs have to work with.
Bashaud Breeland is likely going to enter the 2020 season with some sort of suspension and that will leave Kansas City with Charvarius Ward, Rashad Fenton, and free agent acquisition Antonio Hamilton. They also have fourth round pick L’Jarius Sneed and seventh rounder Thakarius Keyes to work with as well.
Even if Breeland was going to be a starter entering the season, the Chiefs would still be looking for depth at the position, but wouldn’t be as desperate for it.
The point is that when it comes to which UDFAs could make it in Kansas City, a cornerback is the safest route to go since they have a strong need for depth at the position.
More from Kansas City Chiefs
- How to Bet on the Chiefs vs. Cardinals in NFL Preseason Week 2
- The 3 Most Intriguing Games on the Chiefs’ Schedule
- DraftKings + FanDuel Kansas Promos: INSTANT $150 Bonus Plus Two Chances to Win!
- Fan-Favorite Locks Up Chiefs Roster Spot With Stellar Preseason Performance
- DraftKings NFL Kansas Promo: Bet $5 on Chiefs vs. Saints, Win $150 Bonus!
Hill does have potential, as Rolling noted above, mentioning that he was able to tackle efficiently and force turnovers throughout his Michigan career.
Just because he went undrafted isn’t a reason to rule him out of having any kind of impact with the defense in 2020 and potentially beyond. Ward was undrafted in 2018 (and later scooped up by the Cowboys) and went on to make a splash for the Chiefs, so why couldn’t the same thing happen for Hill?
Hopefully Hill does indeed get an opportunity to shine this preseason (if applicable) and can become that next UDFA hero on the Chiefs roster. With their strong need at the cornerback position and wanting to keep their defense up to snuff from their Super Bowl winning roster a season ago, Lavert Hill just needs a few big plays this summer to show he’s worth keeping around.
It’ll be interesting to see how much of an opportunity UDFAs receive this summer, especially if preseason games can’t be played. Hill is someone Chiefs fans should definitely keep an eye on though because he see a significant amount of playing time in 2020.