Round 5, Pick 177: Tariq Thompson, DB (San Diego State)
Versatility is vital for the Chiefs and is a huge asset of what they look for in players, especially on defense. Tyrann Mathieu can play almost anywhere, L’Jarius Sneed played both safety and corner in college, and Juan Thornhill has shown outside coverage ability as a safety.
With that said, enter Tariq Thompson of San Diego State. With experience of having played both safety and corner for the Aztecs, Thompson is an ideal depth piece in the Chiefs defensive backfield.
During his three year career at SDSU, he has 10 interceptions, 4 fumbles and 9.5 tackles for loss as versatile defender. With good size and a good blend of speed and instincts, along with experience playing on special teams, Thompson has the potential to help the Chiefs and provide quality and affordable depth in their defensive backfield. That will be important as tough decisions will need to be made soon.
Mathieu is a free agent after the 2021 season, meaning the Chiefs likely will want to look at his contract at the conclusion of this 2020 season. Charvarius Ward is a restricted free agent this offseason and can be an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season as well.
Can and will the Chiefs keep both players in the fold with a significant investment along the defensive line and investments on the offensive side of the football? At a minimum, Chiefs need to continue to look for versatile depth defenders.