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Kansas City Chiefs say cornerback class is deepest in 10 years

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The Kansas City Chiefs could take a number of positions in the 2017 NFL Draft. From quarterback to defensive lineman to pass rusher, the Chiefs are pretty open as far as their potential needs.

One of those positions you can’t have enough of is cornerback. That’s considered a possibility for the Chiefs with the 27th overall pick or even later as Chiefs GM John Dorsey says this is the deepest cornerback class he’s seen in at least a decade.

“With the cornerback class this year,” Dorsey said last week, “it’s probably as deep a group of cornerbacks as I’ve seen in 10 years or so. I can’t remember the last time that ‘X’ amount of corners were taken in the first round. I think it may have been seven in the first round or something like that. There’s a chance there could be seven corners taken in the draft. Now, do I like the corners on our roster? Yeah. I do. I think there’s growth, development and some really good players on it. That’s not to say we won’t acquire some more corners because this is a league now a days where you can’t have enough of those good cornerbacks.”

The Chiefs have a lot of young players at cornerback but outside of Marcus Peters I’m not sure how much you can count on. Steven Nelson played a ton last year and did enough to come back. Terrance Mitchell was good for a short period of time - can he keep it up? Phillip Gaines is tough to rely on because of his injury history but if healthy he could be good. There’s plenty of what-ifs here but no sure thing so I could see the Chiefs going corner, especially if they feel they have another Peters-like player in this draft.

So, deepest in the last 10 years. What does that actually mean?