The Kansas City Chiefs have made their next selection!
With the 62nd overall pick in the second round, the Chiefs took Cincinnati safety Bryan Cook. We have insta-grades from the three members of the Arrowhead Pride Draft Team.
Ron: I really thought highly of this safety class coming into the draft — and Cook was the last of the group at the top that I really was interested in. He profiles as a strong safety, a box player that will be a plus against the run — and be competent as a coverage player in what should be a limited role.
This pick sets up the Chiefs at safety for the next three seasons, with Cook and Justin Reid as a pairing that complement each other really well. Reid’s free safety skills can now be utilized to their fullest extent while Cook’s strong-safety style plays the other spot. Juan Thornhill is now entering a very important contract year — even more important than it was before.
Cook is going to be a solid starter at the bare minimum. You love that at pick 62. I do think I would’ve looked harder at the edge and receiver positions.
Bryan: The Chiefs have officially solidified a good secondary heading into 2022. Cook can come in and be a major upgrade over Dan Sorensen, with the potential to be a long-term starter in all defensive packages.
For me, he was one of the most underrated safeties in the class for me — and my excitement for the youth on this defense is palpable.
Talon: Bryan Cook is a sneaky-good Chiefs pick in Round 2. Cook played in a great system in Cincinnati — and he is a physical dude who packs a punch. He plays well in the box and he is a former cornerback, so he has the athletic prowess to cover as well. Cook being added — along with Round 1 pick Trent McDuffie — has vastly improved Kansas City’s defensive backs. On defense, the organization clearly wanted to get better — and continue getting younger. A little extra silver lining is that tight end Travis Kelce gets a fellow Bearcat on the roster.
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