Could Trent be the steal of the draft?
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Keaton Huff @KeatonTheKicker
With the 21st pick of this year’s draft the Chiefs drafted Trent Mcduffie out of Washington after trading up with the Patriots. They jumped in front of teams such as the Bills and Packers while accurately predicting the run on corners that took place after that pick. Mcduffie was rated as one of colleges best corners and a consensus top 15 pick before the draft started. Thankfully he slid all the way to the Chiefs and will look to be one of the defensive cornerstones for years to come.
With that said Trent McDuffie was the first defensive back selection by the Chiefs in the first year since Marcus Peters who also attended Washington. This is worth noting because Brett Veach had come under fire recently for his lack of investment in corners which has shown in recent playoff games. In his press conference before the draft when asked about this he stated that it was more about the situation than anything and that they do have a high value for corners which was proven in the draft where 4 were selected.
Mcduffie also excels in run support as well as pass coverage. One thing many people did not know about Mcduffie coming out of college was that he allowed the least amount of yards allowed per catch over every other defensive back in the class. That is impressive considering the high end corners taken much earlier in the draft. His run support was also noted as a strength in his game. Having the mentality to be a factor in the run game will help Mcduffie shine on the field even if he needs some time to develop in coverage.
Mcduffie posted solid combine numbers as well showing he is an athlete all the way through. He scored a 4.44 second 40 yard dash as well as an impressive 15 reps on bench press and well above average scores in agility drills. At 5’11 193 pounds Trent fits the prototypical build for an NFL corner.
While he played inside against smaller players in college, the Chiefs plan on using Trent as an outside corner for the upcoming season. This makes sense because the Chiefs already have an outstanding slot corner in L’jarious Sneed. Question marks still remain about his length playing against bigger competition, however if he continues his college success he should have no problem adapting to the NFL.
The last thing you need to know about Trent McDuffie is that he is a leader on and off the field. In his short time with the Chiefs McDuffie has participated in multiple charity events along with visiting the Negro Baseball Meuseum in Kansas City showing his appreciation to those who have come before him.