Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The talent of the cornerback position doesn’t stop with Gardner. Trent McDuffie out of Washington provides another name to look at in the first round this year. The Huskies have produced many early drafted defensive backs in recent years including former Chief Marcus Peters and star Budda Baker, who is helping lead the undefeated Cardinals’ newly-improved defense. McDuffie’s name and hype hasn’t reached the levels of his Huskie contemporaries or his potential fellow draftees, but his ability isn’t far off.
McDuffie has been playing meaningful football for Washington since entering the program, starting in 10 out of 13 games in his freshman season. McDuffie rated at an 85.4 PFF grade that season and has continued that success with a grade of 80.7 this season. McDuffie is said to be on the smaller side at 5’11 195 pounds, but that doesn’t stop him from showing his physicality.
Entering this season, McDuffie had only missed 2 tackles on 64 tackle attempts in his career, making him very proficient in stopping the run. Being smaller, McDuffie is said to be able to run all over the field, as PFF’s Michael Renner said, “There may not be a more aesthetically pleasing cornerback to watch in the country. The way he moves across the field with such ease and grace is a joy for any film-watcher.”
While he’s not yet brought in an interception this year, McDuffie’s production could lead him to be the second Washington corner to provide an impact on this Chiefs team in the Andy Reid era.