CBS Sports believes there’s a “sleeper rookie” on the Kansas City Chiefs‘ roster that could earn a key role in 2022.

Chris Trapasso, an NFL Draft analyst for CBS Sports, thinks cornerback Nazeeh Johnson could be an important player for the Chiefs this upcoming season.

Johnson, a former Marshall standout, was selected by the Chiefs in the seventh round (No. 259 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.

From CBS Sports:

Johnson was a full-time, four-year stud at Marshall. His 2021 film was an absolute blast. Whether it was from the nickel corner position, playing robber in the middle of the field, or ranging deep, Johnson was a magnet to the football. His vast experience allows him to play super fast, and his athletic traits are spectacular. Now, in a defensive backfield in Kansas City that’s undergoing vast renovations, Johnson has an opportunity to make his mark immediately. Even as a seventh-rounder, he will.

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Dec 25, 2020; Montgomery, AL, USA; Buffalo Bulls wide receiver Trevor Wilson (18) is tackled by Marshall Thundering Herd safety Nazeeh Johnson (13) during the second half at Cramton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson could be one of the rare seventh-round picks that ends up being a key player for an NFL team. Most seventh-round picks struggle to even make a 53-man roster, let alone see significant playing time as a rookie.

Now, obviously Johnson has some work to do. But he landed in a situation where he should have an opportunity to prove himself as a capable NFL defensive back. He’s probably a bit on the underrated side, due to playing at a small school, the fact he turns 24 this summer, and his height (5-foot-10).

Talent is talent, though. It doesn’t matter if a player comes from Alabama or Marshall — they can either play in the NFL or they can’t. Once a player gets to the NFL, where they went to college goes out the window.

We’ll see how it plays out for Johnson, but he’s certainly a player that Chiefs fans should keep an eye on during the preseason.

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