CB Sanders Commings
In years past, the Chiefs have found some good players in round five. And in selecting Georgia Cornerback, Sanders Commings, Kansas City added some depth for their defensive secondary.
As the Chiefs defensive drafting trend continues in day three of the NFL draft, Kansas City who are already pretty strong at cornerback, selected one of the drafts biggest secondary mysteries.
There’s no debate Commings has an NFL body to match up against some of the games best receivers on Sunday afternoons. But he’s still raw. And at times, extremely undisciplined. He also has a checkered past that could be the reason Commings fell to the top of the fifth round.
But before we’re too critical of his past, let’s look at his future.
The Chiefs may have drafted Commings to play Safety not Cornerback. Kansas City did sign a pair of veteran corners in March, Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, who are both expected to start for the Chiefs this season. But one of them could be on the move to a new position.
The Chiefs have internally began the debate that would move Robinson from corner to safety to give All Pro Safety, Eric Berry, some much needed NFL experience at his side. But even if that’s not the case and Robinson remains at corner, Kansas City has to hedge their bet because they don’t know if Safety, Kendrick Lewis, can be anything but a back up for the Chiefs this season. So the pick of Commings makes a lot of sense.
Commings gives the Chiefs more depth in the secondary and falls in line with that two-deep roster building mentality that General Manager, John Dorsey, wanted to implement when he was hired last January.
But for Commings to make an impact for the Chiefs in 2013, he’ll need to increase his upper body strength and learn some better jamming skills at the line of scrimmage. This season, the Chiefs are going to be aggressive in their defensive schemes. Their cornerback are going to be asked to play a lot of man coverage that’s going to require them to be far more physical than they’ve been in years past.
That’s why I think Commins may end up at Safety. The Chiefs are very deep at the cornerback position with the aforementioned Smith, Robinson, Brandon Flowers, Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown, who each has extensive secondary experience.
And this unit is going to have to gel quickly. Because if Kansas City wants a whiff of competing for the AFC West crown this season, they’ll have to match up with the Denver Broncos offensive juggernaut.
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