4th Round (#126)
Jayron Kearse – S – Clemson
Strengths: At 6’4, Kearse is bigger than most receivers he’ll face and serves as a great matchup option against larger TEs. Amazing athlete with both speed and quickness to keep locked on his opposition. Big, strong, and an explosive hitter who is a threat to force a fumble on almost every tackle. Shows good ball skills to be a threat dropping into passing lanes.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t always play technically sound and tends to take some poor angles. Can be a bit of an “all or nothing” player when it comes to making plays. While his size is impressive, it could also be a future concern as he fills out. He may get too big to play S in the future.
The Fit: With all due respect to Jimmy Wilson and Stevie Brown, the Chiefs are still in need at the safety spot. While the team has done well in filling the third safety role with veterans in Free Agency, they need to start thinking about how to lock the position down long-term.
At this point it would seem that they had intended to do that with Husain Abdullah, but his retirement has thrown a wrench in that plan. Kearse is a big bruiser in the secondary who should have no problem filling the role that Abdullah vacates, especially in the Nickel package where he’ll be lining up next to Derrick Johnson.
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