Chiefs tak­ing a good look at 2020 cor­ner­back class

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY HER­BIE TEOPE [email protected]­star.com Her­bie Teope: 816-234-4689, @Her­bieTeope

With cor­ner­backs Bashaud Bree­land, Ken­dall Fuller, Mor­ris Clai­borne and Keith Reaser sched­uled to be­come un­re­stricted free agents, the Chiefs are do­ing their due dili­gence at the NFL Scout­ing Com­bine.

And if find­ing a re­place­ment or maybe two is on the radar, the 2020 draft class runs deep with qual­ity play­ers who could con­trib­ute im­me­di­ately.

“I think this year you’re go­ing to have guys go pretty high,” Chiefs gen­eral man­ager Brett Veach said ear­lier in the week. “Cer­tainly the Ohio State kid (Jeff Oku­dah) will go high, so I would say in many ways this class might be a lit­tle bit bet­ter than last year’s.”

Kansas City comes off a 2019 cam­paign that saw im­prove­ment against the pass.

The de­fense ranked eighth with Char­var­ius Ward, Bree­land and Fuller an­chor­ing the cor­ner­back po­si­tion, so re­plac­ing Bree­land and Fuller, pro­vided they sign with an­other team and don’t re­turn, takes on im­por­tance.

The Chiefs cur­rently own the 32nd over­all pick on the 2020 NFL Draft, sig­nal­ing the team will likely miss out on Oku­dah, a pro­jected as a top 15 pick. But there are op­tions in the late first to mid­dle rounds that should in­trigue Veach.

This year’s draft class be­yond Oku­dah presents the likes of TCU’s Jeff Glad­ney, Utah’s Jay­lon John­son, Ok­la­homa State’s A.J. Green, Clem­son’s A.J. Ter­rell and Alabama’s Trevon Diggs, all of whom told The Star they ei­ther pre­vi­ously met or are sched­uled to meet with the Chiefs in some ca­pac­ity.

And each of the play­ers pos­sess the qual­i­ties Veach prefers in a cor­ner­back.

“You look for size and length,” Veach said. “If you want to press, you bet­ter be a big­ger guy, have the size and play­ing weight in your fa­vor. But I think we al­ways look for guys that are ver­sa­tile, too. Guys that go in­side, guys that can safety.”

And if Veach wants a lit­tle at­ti­tude in cov­er­age, well, there’s that, too.

“I just like be­ing up in some­body’s face,” Glad­ney said. “I feel like that’s mano y mano, we’re right there to­gether. So, may the best man win.”

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