Heading into the 2022 season, there have been doubts about the Chiefs' defence as they were recently ranked very low by PFF. Despite this, the Chiefs might have a silver lining behind this cloud in the person of their cornerbacks. Although Touchdown Wire's Doug Farrar named the top safeties, slot defenders and outside cornerbacks in the league thus far, Kansas City is noticeably absent from the list. Nevertheless, the Chiefs have some players on the roster that are worthy of recognition among the top in the league. At the very least, the team has two players worthy of an honourable mention, which they didn't receive.
Rashad Fenton, a former sixth-round draft pick, is undoubtedly more than deserving to be on the list as he was among cornerbacks with at least 500 defensive snaps last season; Fenton had the sixth-best overall grade in the league. Also, he was the only Chiefs cornerback not allowing a touchdown in coverage during the regular season last year, allowing less than 70% of passes to be completed in his range. Last season, he was also the Chiefs’ top-ranked corner in ANYA/CS (Adjusted Net Yards Allowed per Coverage Snap), a statistic developed to quantify cornerback play better. He was named 25th among 78 qualifying CBs.
Moving forward, L’Jarius Sneed is also one to acknowledge. He emerged as the top cornerback from the 2020 NFL draft class as a fourth-round pick. As a rookie playing outside corner, he burst onto the scene, recording interceptions in his first two career games. Injury stifled his rookie campaign, but he’d begin playing nickel and outside cornerback when he came back. In what seemed to be a tough last season for him, Sneed recorded the second-most defensive stops of any cornerback in the NFL. Sneed did this despite missing some games.
The third mention on this list is the rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie hasn’t played a snap in the NFL so he wouldn’t have qualified for Touchdown Wire’s list. He was statistically one of the best cornerbacks in college football last season. He allowed 16 catches on 36 targets for 111 yards and no touchdowns surrendered on the year. He hasn’t offered a touchdown since 2019 and has only allowed two receptions of more than 20 yards in his college career. Although he's yet to play a single game in the NFL, there's so much potential in the young man.
The players mentioned above and others on the roster are capable of putting up performances that could establish each as a top cornerback in the league.