2020 mock draft: Kansas City Chiefs linked with new prospects
By Matt Conner
A new round of mock drafts are out and the Kansas City Chiefs find themselves linked to new some prospects for the upcoming draft.
While some fans might believe mock drafts to be a useless exercise, it can be a good way to gather information on college prospects—especially as they are still playing—to watch up close.
In the latest round of mock drafts, it’s nice to see some new names attached to the Kansas City Chiefs. Overall, it gives fans a better idea of perceived needs by outsiders as well as potential prospects who could fill those roles.
Let’s take a look at newly released mock drafts and how the prospects positioned could help the Chiefs down the road.
Kristian Fulton, LSU, cornerback
They say (Dane Brugler):
"“The Chiefs could use upgrades at each level of the defense, including at outside cornerback opposite Charvarius Ward. Fulton has been somewhat overlooked this season with the emergence of true freshman Derek Stingley and LSU’s struggles on defense, but the senior has been terrific in pass coverage.”"
While pass coverage is not the black hole we once believed it to be, the reality is that the Chiefs are woefully thin on talent and depth heading into next season. Rashad Fenton and Charvarius Ward will be the only corners signed into 2020 unless Brett Veach does something with Kendall Fuller, Mo Claiborne or Bashaud Breeland.
Fulton would be a most welcome addition as a player who could immediately slot into a starting role on the outside and adjust as he went, knowing he has such solid starting experience on the highest levels of college football. He has 11 batted passes and 1 interception in 12 starts for the LSU Tigers.
The addition of Fulton would then allow the team to fill in the rest of the depth chart with veterans like Brett Veach did this past offseason without relying on any castoff from another team to play a top-tier role for the Chiefs. In years past, such flyers like Bashaud Breeland didn’t work out and the Chiefs have caught a nice break this year with the way the free agents have performed.
The selection of Fulton could also keep the Chiefs from having to spend big to import a dependable top-flight starter in the secondary in free agency. Unfortunately the draft doesn’t come until much later in the offseason—well after the best candidates will be signed away.