It’s not often that a team that has made each of the last four AFC Championship games owns two first-round picks in the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs certainly took advantage of their situation and addressed a couple of roster needs by adding a shutdown cornerback and powerful edge rusher.
Kansas City ended up selecting 10 new players to join the roster and are set to see a couple of training camp positional battles break out. It’ll be interesting to see if the established players can hold off the newcomers, so let’s take a look at three Chiefs veteran fighting for their jobs.
Of course, Rashad Fenton has to be concerned about his role after Kansas City used the No. 21 overall pick to grab cornerback Trent McDuffie. McDuffie posted a career-high 6 pass breakups and 4.0 tackles for loss during his final season at Washington. He fills the hole left by Charvarius Ward and gives defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo a dynamic option in pass coverage. Fenton accumulated a career-high 49 tackles in 2021 and broke up 7 passes, but he also allowed a 68.5% completion percentage when targeted. He will likely need to prove during camp why he needs to stay in the starting lineup. L’Jarius Snead could also be overtaken by McDuffie, instead.
Derrick Gore had the No. 3 running back position locked down for the 2021 season and ended up tallying 361 yards from scrimmage to go along with 2 touchdowns (11 games). It wouldn’t be surprising to see seventh-round pick Isiah Pacheco give him a run for his money, though. The Rutgers product finished his college career with 2,691 yards from scrimmage across 43 games played and is widely praised for his quickness (4.37 second 40-yard dash). Ronald Jones was signed in free agency to complement starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire as a bruising up the middle rusher. Gore could be trouble if the coaching staff leans toward speed for the No. 3 RB spot.
There’s no doubt that Marquez Valdes-Scantling is going to see a ton of playing time for a Kansas City offense that remains shallow at the WR position. However, the addition of second-round pick Skyy Moore could complicate things a little bit. Moore stands in at 5-foot-10 and weight 190 pounds, which makes him a perfectly viable slot option. In fact, he finished first among Power Five receivers in receptions (23) and yards (433) on slant routes last season. Seeing Moore break out in training camp would likely push Juju Smith-Schuster to the outside more often given his larger frame (6-foot-1, 216 pounds). That would obviously leave less opportunities for Valdes-Scantling.
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