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Chiefs could be eyeing cornerback in July’s supplemental draft

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The Chiefs spoke to Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander after his pro day

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The Kansas City Chiefs met with Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander after his pro day Wednesday, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com. The Chiefs were one of 26 teams that came to the pro day and one of four teams that spoke to Alexander after the workout, also per Pauline. The Jets, Saints and Colts also spoke to Alexander.

Alexander, 21, is eligible for next month’s NFL supplemental draft, set to take place on July 11. For those wondering, the supplemental draft is for potential players whose draft eligibility status has changed since the official NFL Draft entry deadline.

Teams bid with 2019 draft assets using the 2018 NFL Draft order to determine which pick of higher value.

Although there are typically no players selected in the supplemental draft (the last pick was Isaiah Battle in 2015), there are three players expected to be considered this year: Alexander, Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal and Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant.

Alexander intended to return to Virginia Tech for his senior season until he was ruled academically ineligible. Alexander was a College Football News and Pro Football Focus second-team All-American at safety as a freshman, but also had three suspensions, at least one of which was related to marijuana use, earlier in his career.

Alexander finished his three-year career with 125 combined tackles (91 solo), 1.0 sack and seven interceptions, including the four as a freshman.

I wrote last week about how I thought the Chiefs’ secondary depth may be better than people realize, so I doubt Chiefs general manager Brett Veach outbids at least three other interested teams to select Alexander.

That being said, Veach has shown a tendency to go after players he likes (the Chiefs traded up three times in the actual NFL Draft), so if that’s the case with Alexander, Veach could make a play. The Chiefs’ have nine picks in next year’s draft, and CBS Sports projects Alexander to go in the 5-7 round range.


Author’s note: Our draft team, led by Kent Swanson, will be taking a closer look at all three of these prospects later this month.