4. Trent McDuffie is AFC's best defensive chess piece
Sterling Holmes calls him McStuffie. Kansas City's prodigal media son Nick Wright calls him "the BEST ALL AROUND corner in the NFL." Chiefs fans can just be happy they call him a Chief. On Monday night, McDuffie showed everything he could do in Steve Spagnuolo's system, making him the best chess piece in the AFC and possibly the NFL.
McDuffie is following a similar path to stardom that L'Jarius Sneed did. Start as a slot corner savant, improve coverage skills, then factor in to the blitz game. The difference is McDuffie is doing it at a hypersonic pace. McDuffie can cover the league's best receivers and was a key part in Kansas City limiting Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle in Week 9. He continued his breakout season against the Eagles in Kansas City.
McDuffie was all over the field. Whether it be shedding run blockers or sacking Hurts twice, fans saw a lot of McDuffie Monday night. Announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman lauded McDuffie for his work in the blitz packages, and rightfully so. McDuffie would perfectly pace the defensive lineman in front of him to almost hide behind him, coming as a free rusher on a handful of plays. Even when battling a blocker, McDuffie got the job done.
Oh, did I forget to mention McDuffie forced yet another fumble against the Eagles? That was his fifth this season, which leads all NFL players. He just has a nose for getting to the ball. He may not have many interception opportunities, but McDuffie still finds a way to get his hands on the ball.
Eat your heart out, Buffalo Bills. You could have had the league's next great defensive back. Instead, general manager Brett Veach leapfrogged you for McDuffie in the 2022 NFL Draft. Now, while McDuffie is playing at an elite level, the Bills are mired in mediocrity and stuck with "Healthy Scratch" Kaiir Elam.