Say this for the Kansas City Chiefs and their pursuit of cornerbacks: When they draft one in the first round, they get it right. The last two corners taken by the Chiefs in the first round played in at least one Pro Bowl while in Kansas City.
The trouble is that those two players came over a period of 23 years. The Chiefs selected Dale Carter with the 20th pick in 1992 and then took Marcus Peters with the 18th pick in 2015. That’s right, the Chiefs have gone for a corner just twice in the first round in the past 28 drafts, making them overdue to pick one this year.
Biggest needs: Front-seven playmaker, CB, RB
A bellcow back would be nice, but it feels like a luxury compared with the needs that could develop on defense. Pro Bowl DT Chris Jones will be one of the offseason’s marquee free agents if the Chiefs don’t retain him. Starting CBs Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller are set to hit the market, too.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Offseason needs: Linebacker, cornerback, running back, offensive lineman
It was tempting to go with a luxury pick for the Chiefs with Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins. But the need for cornerback talent is real for the Chiefs. Bashaud Breeland, Morris Claiborne, and Kendall Fuller are all free agents, and they may not all be back. Diggs is a big cornerback who excels in man coverage.
The Jordan Love whispers are out there. And they’d indicate that the kid has a chance to be Patrick Mahomes. Here’s the reason why: In 2017, there were teams that loved Mahomes and buried that fact as best they could to improve their shot of getting him. Some suspect teams will do the same with Love, who’s more mistake-prone, but also more aggressive and daring than the sometimes-cautious Herbert.
91 Bashaud Breeland CB
The Chiefs grabbed Breeland cheaply in free agency last year and he wound up playing 1,104 solid snaps, including 54 in a terrific Super Bowl outing.
Round 1 - Pick 32
J.K. Dobbins RB
Just what this offense needs: Another playmaker. Dobbins’ improvement from 2018 to 2019 was hard to miss and he improved in the passing game too, where 19 percent of his total receiving yards came after contact.
“It’s a funny emotional thing when you see this come together. Kansas City’s a really special city. It’s super diverse, it’s growing, there is a beautiful art scene down there. I just love that this is happening for the city. I just love it.”
Around the NFL
NFL players will only vote on the proposed collective bargaining agreement if a majority of the 32-member Board of Player Representatives vote in favor of the deal, the NFLPA said Monday.
If two-thirds of the board votes to recommend the proposed CBA, players will be given the vote with a formal recommendation of the board.
Burfict served a 12-game suspension following his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle during the 2019 season and repeated violations of the player safety rules while the linebacker was with the Oakland Raiders.
Pelissero added Burfict is set to become an unrestricted free agent this spring.
Burfict is training at his alma mater, Arizona State, where his former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is serving as a co-defensive coordinator.
Burfict’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told Pelissero the linebacker has spent the offseason watching tape and speaking to coaches, league executives and additional experts about proper code of conduct.
”He is serious, Shaffer said, about coming back and doing things the right way,” he added.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Potential Chiefs fit: Antonio Gibson, Memphis
Chiefs general Brett Veach has been open about the running backs he likes: big backs who show receiving ability. Gibson is a hybrid wide receiver/running back for Memphis. He is actually listed as a wide receiver for the combine. He comes in at 6 feet, 228 pounds and played running back down at the Senior Bowl. He has great receiving ability as a running back, and if he gets a chance to participate in the running back drills, he’s absolutely worth monitoring his footwork around the bags.
Follow Arrowhead Pride on Social Media
Facebook Page: Click here to like our page
AP Instagram: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Twitter: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Editor-in-Chief: Pete Sweeney: Follow @pgsween
610 Sports Twitter: Follow @610SportsKC