At this point in the draft, it’s important to focus on long-term potential but also special teams players who can contribute immediately in coverage units for Dave Toub. Shakur Brown is the sort of college player who fits both which makes him an ideal pick late in the fifth round for the Chiefs.
The present need isn’t all too obvious for the Chiefs at this point, especially if they end up bringing Charvarius Ward back for sure after tendering him with a second-round offer as a restricted free agent. There are also whispers that a veteran will be added after looking at K’Waun Williams for a visit—perhaps Bashaud Breeland could also return. Still, another corner makes sense long-term considering a few could walk in a year and leave the Chiefs a bit thin.
Brown is exactly the sort of cornerback who could carve out a meaningful role for Spagnuolo’s defense with his physical style and his plus ability to play press man. He’s athletic and tough and scouts rave about his sticky coverage ability, which plays right into how the Chiefs ask their corners to play. In addition, he could slot right in on special teams from day one and fill the hole left by Antonio Hamilton.