The Kansas City Chiefs undoubtedly won the 2022 NFL Draft, and for a couple of reasons.
First of all, the Chiefs were very successful in pursuing who they wanted and mixing in who was the best available with what they needed.
The Chiefs selected the 10th overall player, 11th, and 22nd all with their first three picks, and got them much later than they were projected.
Kansas City went nearly all defense in this draft, with Trent McDuffie from Washington, and George Karlaftis headlining the class as first-round picks.
However, there is a pick that some Chiefs fans may not care much about, but could have a big impact on the team. This player could be the next Trey Smith, per se. By that, we mean the next Day 3 pick that can have an immediate -and effective- impact for the Chiefs.
Chiefs’ Jaylen Watson could be the steal of the draft
Jaylen Watson from Washington State University had a great career as a Cougar. He was one of the best cornerbacks on the Cougars defense and has a ton of potential.
While picking solely on potential can be a risk, Watson has shown he can improve and has the work ethic to do so. This pick was very important to the Chiefs, as corner was their biggest need. Before the draft, Kansas City had three cornerbacks on the roster. Now they have several, all of which are young with tons of potential.
Here is a snippet of a scouting report on Watson by Pro Football Network‘s James Fragoza. You can read the full report, here.:
“…Watson’s press-coverage ability clamps opposing receivers near the line of scrimmage (LOS). However, his physicality extends far beyond that. He rocks opponents in the open field with walloping hits and can rip or punch out passes even after the reception has been made.
Furthermore, the Washington State DB has experience crushing punt returners as a gunner. That versatility will go a long way in the NFL. Plus, his days as a high school safety paid off, as Watson’s play-in-run support is one of his strong suits. He can shed blocks from receivers and come up and tackle with the best of them.”
The Chiefs may have another L’Jarius Sneed on their hands. Meaning, a late pick cornerback that blossoms into a budding star on the outside.
And that can only mean good things for the Chiefs moving forward.
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