With the No. 87 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Rice CB Phillip Gaines. This pick was announced by KC Chiefs great Curley Culp and it's the second pick of the draft for the Chiefs after taking Auburn LB Dee Ford with the 23rd pick.
Gaines stands 6'0 and weighs 198 pounds, which reinforces our belief that GM John Dorsey likes his bigger cornerbacks. Most of the Chiefs cornerbacks added in Dorsey's tenure have been over six foot.
One Chiefs cornerback who is not over six foot is CB Brandon Flowers, who has two years left on his contract. There was a report that the Chiefs were willing to talk about trading Flowers but nothing else has come of that. This draft pick makes you at least wonder about Flowers' future, whether that comes up this or next.
This is a good scouting report to read on Gaines.
Phillip Gaines is a long, athletic corner with excellent vision and movement skills. He will need to improve his strength to handle NFL receivers in man-to-man coverage. Gaines however displays good football I.Q. and awareness to suggest that he can excel in a zone scheme. The Steelers would be remiss to not look in to Gaines as a potential replacement for Ike Taylor. He possess all the necessary skills they desire. I have read that he is projected to go in the middle rounds but that doesn't match what I see on tape. Don't be surprise when Gaines ends up being drafted on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft because his play justifies just that.
The not so good
The first is health concerns with Gaines. In his freshman year he missed three games due to injury, his junior year he played in only five games before missing the rest of the year earning a medical redshirt. This can lead to durability concerns. The second red flag is that Gaines was suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for a violation of team rules. This suspension could have been for a variety of thing but was not disclosed publicly.
The Chiefs top cornerbacks for now are Flowers, Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Chris Owens and now Gaines.
More scouting reports:
He has good speed, good awareness and I like that he gets his hands in to disrupt a lot of plays. He's probably going to end up going in the 3rd or 4th round this year, but if he lands in the right spot, in the right system with a team who can be patient. I think in a year or two he could well be a very good starter.
Lean, active zone corner whose ball skills will have to carry him. Could earn a roster spot on pure measurables but lacks desirable functional speed, strength and physicality.
Chiefs 2014 draft picks
Round 1 (23) - Auburn DE/LB Dee Ford
Round 2 (No pick - gave up in Alex Smith trade)
Round 3 (87) - Rice CB Phillip Gaines
Round 4 (124)
Round 5 (163)
Round 6 (193 - received in Edgar Jones trade)
Round 6 (200)
Round 7 (No pick - gave up in Edgar Jones trade)
Chiefs remaining team needs
Safety: The Chiefs lost Quintin Demps and Kendrick Lewis in free agency. With Eric Berry on the team, the Chiefs need someone to pair with him. Currently, the competition is between Husain Abdullah and 2013 fifth round pick Sanders Commings.
Offensive line: The Chiefs could use a guard and a tackle after losing three starting caliber linemen in free agency. The guard could complete with Rishaw Johnson on the right side. The Chiefs also need a swing tackle, perhaps found in the later rounds.
Cornerback: How much longer will Brandon Flowers be a Chief? The Dunta Robinson experiment didn't work out last year. Marcus Cooper returns as a surprise from 2013. The Chiefs could use another developmental corner with size. They like corners over six feet tall.
Rounds 2-3 Friday
Seven minutes per pick in the second round
Five minutes per pick in the third round
John Dorsey will speak at the end of the third round.
Rounds 4-7 Saturday
Five minutes per pick
John Dorsey will speak at the end of the seventh round.