2019 sixth round pick Rashad Fenton is a winner in this 2020 offseason as well. The Chiefs seemed hesitant early in the season to put Fenton on the field much and even signed veteran Mo Claiborne in August to add depth to the cornerback room. However, by season’s end, Fenton was a solid contributor for the Chiefs who played excellent defense in the playoffs and Super Bowl for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit.
Despite his play, we believed the Chiefs may still target cornerbacks early in the 2020 draft but they did not. In fact, Kansas City waited until the fourth round to take a cornerback. Coupled with news of Baushad Breeland‘s looming suspension, this means that Fenton is not only likely to get significant playing time in 2020, but he could actually be a starter when the season kicks off.
It is always possible that a rookie beats him out, but that seems unlikely without a true offseason and given the relative draft status of the new people coming in. Even if BoPete Keyes or L’Jarius Sneed beat him out, you’d have to assume Fenton would be, at worst, the third corner while Breeland was out, putting him in line for a functional starting role and significant contribution.
Fenton overplayed his draft position in 2019, and its clear based on the offseason that he’s made Spagnuolo a believer in his abilities moving forward.