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25 Days of Draftmas: Sean Bunting is a cornerback who benefits from his time as a wide receiver

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25 days of Draftmas rolls on with a highly athletic CB that could be a great fit.

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A very Merry Draftmas to you! It’s 25 Days of Draftmas on Arrowhead Pride, where we’ll be giving you a Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect every day in April leading up to the NFL Draft. You’ll get a daily prospect profile like this one right up until Draft Day.


Sean Bunting, corner back

6’ | 195 lbs | Central Michigan

NFL: Combine Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Combine

40-yard dash Bench Press Vertical jump Broad Jump
40-yard dash Bench Press Vertical jump Broad Jump
4.42 14 41.5 126

Projected draft range: round two

I would take him in the: round two

One-sentence bio: Ex-wide receiver that transitioned to corner in college and was named first-team All-MAC as a junior in 2018.

One-sentence scouting report: Technique and footwork still need cleaning up but he plays a super physical brand of football and great route recognition.

One play:

How he fits in KC:

Bunting’s elite athleticism and route recognition shine best in zone schemes. He still has refined techniques to work on, specifically with his feet, so he won’t be late or out of position in man coverage. With Steve Spagnuolo, there is a good chance the Chiefs transition to more zone coverage with an emphasis on match coverage. Bunting’s experience as a wide receiver shows up as he’s able to quickly identify route stems and knows how to break to the catch point as well as receivers.

His physical play and length give Bunting the upside and promise as a man corner that will make him highly coveted as a prospect. Spagnuolo likes to mix up his coverage with man and zone, but even his zone coverage is less static and requires some man-to-man traits. Playing on the line of scrimmage and being physical to disrupt routes that may be working out of your zone as a cornerback is paramount at times and Bunting has the demeanor to do just that.

The final phase of Bunting’s skills is his ability to play the ball in the air whether breaking downhill or tracking it over his shoulder. He provides a dynamic piece to the back-end that not only covers players but also makes plays. He also pairs that with a willingness to tackle and even run the alley off the edge which is something the Chiefs have been open about desiring.

Bunting still has developing to do before he’s considered a finished prospect, but he has skills and traits that also lend him to being productive in the right system early in his career. The new coverage scheme in Kansas City implemented by Spagnuolo would allow for Bunting to compete early on for reps as an outside match-zone corner.

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