The Kansas City Chiefs are currently in rebuild mode with their secondary. They lost Tyrann Mathieu, who is one of the best in the league at the safety position. After that, the Chiefs were able to sign Justin Reid, the former Texans safety who is an up and coming player on the defensive side of the ball. He isn’t quite as good as Mathieu, but he has the potential to be a very good safety in the NFL.

Four of the Chiefs 2022 draft picks were focused on the defensive backfield. With Trent McDuffie, Joshua Williams, Jaylen Watson, and Nazeeh Johnson all drafted, the Chiefs are looking to build something great in their secondary. However, they may be further ahead in the process than we expect.

Chiefs secondary ranks 15th in the NFL

PFF writer Michael Renner recently published a column ranking the secondaries in the NFL. As it turns out, he has the Chiefs in the upper-half of the league at No. 15.

Renner wrote the following in regard to the Chiefs defensive backfield:

“While he’s been overshadowed by bigger names on the Chiefs’ roster, L’Jarius Sneed deserves some credit for his play since entering the NFL He’s had arguably the best start to his career of any cornerback from the 2020 draft class. While being asked to move between outside and slot cornerback, depending on where he’s needed, he’s been excellent through two seasons. He made the second-most defensive stops of any cornerback in the league last year.”

According to PFF, the Chiefs starting backfield will be:

CB: L’Jarius Sneed
CB: Rashad Fenton
NCB: Trent McDuffie
S: Juan Thornhill
S: Justin Reid

This backfield has the potential to be great. They are still so young, too. All the projected starters are 26 or younger, with Thornhill being the oldest at 26. Sneed, Reid, and Fenton are all 25, and McDuffie is 21.

It’s probably going to take the secondary some time to fully reach its potential. And that is fine, I mean, look at the youth they have.

However, over the next few years, the Chiefs could run the league on that side of the ball. The talent and ability is there and there are enough veterans to help bring the young guys along.

Thus, the ranking of 15 makes a lot of sense: proven, yet unproven with loads of potential.

You can read the rest of the Renner’s full article, here.

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