A very Merry Draftmas to you!
We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 29th. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Under Brett Veach’s tenure as general manager, the Chiefs haven’t spent major assets on cornerbacks. Most free-agent additions have been low-money deals — and trades have largely involved late-round picks. In the draft, the Chiefs haven’t invested in the position outside of Day 3, leaving some fans to look late in the draft to fill out depth at cornerback. Should the Chiefs opt to go that route again, today’s Draftmas pick could be the type of player the team could target.
Robert Rochell, cornerback
6’0” | 193 lbs | Central Arkansas
Expected draft range: Day 3
Pro Day: 4.41 40-yard dash, 43” vertical jump, 133” broad jump, 9 bench press, 4.08 short shuttle, 6.84 3-cone
One-sentence bio: Three year starter at Central Arkansas and former track star who was first-team All-Southland Conference in 2019.
One-sentence scouting report: A long cornerback with an outstanding athletic profile who is still raw with his technique and route identification
Robert Rochell is a small school CB out of Central Arkansas with big time potential on the Senior Bowl watch list.— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) August 23, 2020
6'2" with LONG arms, Rochell isn't your typical "big CB". Hips are fluid and he's got long speed. The tools are there for a team willing to develop his technique. pic.twitter.com/eTRgKOUO1K
How he fits in Kansas City: Despite checking in a couple of inches shorter than his listed 6-feet-2 at Central Arkansas, Rochell has the ideal arm length and athletic profile to fit as a Spagnuolo cornerback. He is explosive — and with his long wingspan and tremendous vertical leap, he can easily shrink throwing windows. Rochell has a knack for the ball, fitting right in with Steve Spagnuolo’s preference for players who will contend at the catch point and disrupt 50/50 balls on the boundary.
Rochell likely wouldn’t be a Day 1 player at the position. He’ll need some adjustment to the speed of the NFL game — and will need to develop his footwork and route identification before he can contribute. So early in his career, he would likely be relegated to special-teams play — he would be an outstanding gunner — and would be more of a gamble than some other cornerbacks at his draft spot. However, Rochell’s athletic profile offers him a very high ceiling as a boundary cornerback in Spagnuolo’s scheme, giving Sam Madison another young player to mold and develop as a future contributor to the Chiefs’ defense.
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