The Kansas City Chiefs did the right thing by drafting three corners in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Kansas City had a solid offseason in free agency, keeping almost all of its defensive stars. However, general manager John Dorsey could not retain corner Sean Smith, who decided to be a terrible human being and sign with the Oakland Raiders.
With the departure of Smith, the Chiefs were left with a significant hole opposite Marcus Peters. Most are assuming that Phillip Gaines will step into that role, moving from the slot to the outside. Yet Gaines is coming off a torn ACL and in his two years with Kansas City, has only played in 16 games.
In this vein, Dorsey was smart to draft cornerbacks repeatedly. Even if Gaines can stay healthy and turns into a quality starter, the Chiefs needed to blow up the depth chart. Marcus Cooper needs to be replaced in a major way. Factor in Jamell Fleming moving over to safety, and the cornerback situation was dire.
Kansas City needs one of these corners to step up and play real snaps immediately. Unless you plan on having Gaines for the whole season (something that has never happened) and Steven Nelson playing good football in the slot, at least one of these rookies will be tossed into the fire.
By drafting three corners instead of one, Dorsey is hedging his bets.