Defensive Back Draft Crushes
Julius Brents – CB – Kansas State – 6’3″ – 198 lbs – 4.53 forty
If you want a combination of size and athleticism at outside cornerback, Julius Brents is a dream come true. He doesn’t always track the ball well and his ball skills in general leave a little to be desired. However, his size/speed/change of direction are so tempting. The Chiefs have done a great job of developing corners recently and if they think they can get the most out of Brents, he has elite corner upside.
Riley Moss – CB – Iowa – 6’0″ – 193 lbs – 4.45 forty
I think Riley Moss is one of the more underrated corners in this draft class. He’s got good size, speed, and change of direction skills. He’s a willing tackler and has a ton of special teams experience too. I don’t think he has Pro Bowl upside in the NFL, but I think he will be a solid starting corner and at the very least would provide quality depth and contribute on special teams. He just seems like a guy that the Chiefs will like and could be a real steal in the middle rounds.
Kaevon Merriweather – Iowa – 6’0″ – 205 lbs – 4.62 forty
I’m going to double down on Hawkeye defensive backs here. Another guy I think is really undervalued is safety Kaevon Merriweather. The consensus seems to be that he’s a late-round guy, but he has the size, tackling ability, and closing speed to be a good third safety and even a starter if needed. Pro Football Focus had him with the highest coverage grade from the box in this class. I think that alone makes him a candidate for KC’s third safety role that Dan Sorensen used to play. If nothing else he’d provide quality depth and special teams play as a late-round pick.
So there you have it Chiefs fans. Those are my draft crushes for the 2023 draft. Some are early-round options and some are late-round guys. So what do you think? Are you a fan of some of these prospects as well? Who are some of your top draft crushes in this class? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.
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