The latest round of 2020 mock drafts has the Kansas City Chiefs aiming for a cornerback near the bottom of the first round.
In an effort to not think about a Super Bowl caliber team losing consecutive home games, we’ve decided to survey the latest round of 2020 NFL mock drafts in an effort to see what the future might hold for the Kansas City Chiefs. Most mock drafters seem to believe the Chiefs will be aiming for secondary help next April, at least in the first round.
The idea of a first round cornerback is not a far-fetched one. Most Chiefs fans will feel the same way once they see just how barren the cupboard is next spring at the position. Bashaud Breeland is scheduled to be a free agent. So is Morris Claiborne. Kendall Fuller is also wrapping up his rookie contract. That leaves Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton as the only two corners under contract for next fall. That means the Chiefs are ripe for a major acquisition or three.
Over at The Draft Network, Trevor Sikkema has the Chiefs selecting Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo with the No. 30 pick overall in the first round. Adebo stands at 6’1, 185 lbs. and as a former wide receiver, he’s still developing at the position. Sikkema writes:
Though Adebo has fallen a bit from his CB1 spot I had him at earlier this season, he is a still a big, long, fast, cornerback with good ball skills. He’s taking his lumps this year, but I see them as learning moments more than I do a sign of unfixable liabilities. Plus, the Chiefs really need a potential shutdown cornerback.
Over at CBS Sports, University of Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson is the prospect chosen by the Chiefs in the first round. As a junior, Henderson has 8 passes defended and 7 total tackles in 4 games this season. He has 6 total interceptions in his collegiate career. Chris Trapasso writes:
More defense for the Chiefs. It’s a necessity with the way teams are going to try to play keepaway from Patrick Mahomes and Co.
Cody Williams, writer for NFL Spin Zone, has the same prospect going to the Chiefs as Trapasso, with C.J. Henderson as the pick.
Henderson has put a mixed bag on film in 2019, causing his stock to slip a bit. Having said that, he has elite coverage ability on the outside that makes him a stud in that regard.
Whether it’s Adebo or C.J. Henderson or any number of other corners who will draw the Chiefs interest early, it’ll be nice to see another name next to Ward and Fenton as long-term talent on a team that’s filled in with one-year wonders over the last few years.