Owens, 27, spent the majority of last season as Cleveland’s nickel corner after he lost out to Buster Skrine in a training-camp battle for the starting position opposite Joe Haden. Owens played in 12 games before he suffered a knee sprain was placed on injured reserve. He was released shortly thereafter, however, and later signed with Miami, where he played in just one game.
At 5 feet 9 and 180 pounds, Owens ― who finished 58 tackles, defended three passes and recorded 2.5 sacks last season ― doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of the larger cornerbacks the Chiefs tend to prefer. However, in a career-high 545 snaps last season, Owens finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 2.2, which ranked 45th out of 110 corners who played at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps.
The Chiefs now enter the draft with the following cornerbacks on the depth chart: Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Ron Parker, and Owens. The move give the Chiefs quality depth heading into the draft and reinforces the idea Kansas City will go with the best player available with every draft selection. However, the Owens signing doesn’t take away from the notion cornerback/defensive back isn’t a need for the team at some point in the draft.
A few more notes on Owens. In 11 games with Cleveland and Miami last season, Owens recorded four tackles on special teams. He has 29 for his career. He also has a start in a playoff game in his career.
Kansas City waived undrafted defensive lineman Brandon Moore to make room for Owens.