The 2022 NFL Draft got off to a wild start, which forced the Kansas City Chiefs to make a move.
Kansas City traded up in the draft, making a move to grab the No. 21 pick from the New England Patriots.
The Chiefs selected Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie with the pick.
It’s a bit of a surprise — I expected the Chiefs to move up for a wide receiver — but it’s a smart move by KC.
McDuffie is a solid cornerback who can be a long-term defensive starter for the Chiefs.
It’s a bit easier to find a quality wide receiver than it is to find a quality cornerback. The Chiefs saw one available and they made the smart decision to trade up and get him.
Here’s the scouting report on McDuffie:
Three-year starter whose average size is overshadowed by skillful ruggedness, allowing him to contest throws from a variety of coverages. He’s an elite competitor with a route-hugging mentality fueled by body control, foot agility, aggression and burst. He’s a pesky press-man defender with the tools to excel in zone. He’s willing to fly downhill and hit anybody near the football. He keeps his eyes on the prize and has an itchy, twitchy trigger to close throwing windows and make plays on the ball. He lacks lockdown traits but has lockdown talent and his competitive energy is contagious. He can play outside or from the slot and carries a very high floor with the potential to become one of the league’s top corners at some point during his first contract.
I don’t think McDuffie is going to be a star in the NFL. He may not be a perennial Pro-Bowler. But he should be a longtime starter for the Chiefs. And he can help defend against the elite quarterbacks and wide receivers in the AFC West.
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