While I’m more excited than most people about Jamell Fleming’s switch to safety, the Chiefs still need more depth overall at the position. We saw last year how much Bob Sutton likes utilizing versatile defensive backs, and there’s a first round safety in my eyes that would be a nice little piece in the Chiefs defense.
Karl Joseph – West Virginia – 5’10”, 205 lbs
Armchair Addict’s Lyle Graversen provided a nice breakdown of Joseph’s skill set here. In it you’ll see a guy who can truly do it all as a safety. Joseph has the ability to play a deep center field role, man up in the slot, and also play in the box in nickle packages. Behind starting safeties Eric Berry and Ron Parker, Joseph would provide a nice fill in for either if needed and could take over the role that Tyvon Branch or Husain Adbullah played in last season. The only real concern surrounding him is the health of his knee, but if on track for a full recovery Joseph is the best safety prospect in the draft.
So, who’s the pick? Well, it’s pretty hard to predict considering the very few amount of holes on the Chiefs’ roster. If I were to make a guess, it’d have to be between Whitehair, Floyd, and Joseph. The depth at defensive line and corner makes me think the Chiefs could wait for their later picks and still get a solid player at these positions. Whitehair could slide in to LG day one, and Floyd and Joseph would be interesting pieces who could play multiple roles on defense.
What do you guys think of these prospects? Draft night is only a little over a month away, who do you think the Chiefs will be selecting?