The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the 2022 NFL Draft to select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.
And ESPN thinks it was the right move due to the former first-team All Pac-12 defensive back being a perfect fit in Kansas City’s defense.
In Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme — which features a mix of man pressure and two-deep zone — McDuffie has the traits to play sticky man coverage or sink with backfield vision as a zone defender. This past season, the Chiefs played a mix of single-high and 2-Man, and they led the league with 52 snaps of zero-man (blitz man coverage). Look for McDuffie to match in blitz man technique, with the ability to play inside or outside.
We will also see his urgency in zone coverage, where he can drive top down or tackle in space. McDuffie can transition downhill with speed as a flat/seam defender in Spags’ Cover 2 shells.
McDuffie should immediately slot in as one of the Chiefs’ starting cornerbacks in 2022 (across from L’Jarius Sneed).
Wide receiver was probably the most talked-about need for Kansas City ahead of the draft, but adding another cornerback was probably an even bigger need, thanks to a lack of quality depth.
The Chiefs clearly made the right move in adding a cornerback that’s extremely talented and a perfect fit for their defense.
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