Chiefs taking a good look at 2020 cornerback class
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.”