Can the Kansas City Chiefs still improve at cornerback?

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When the Chiefs fell to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs last season the consensus amongst fans was that the secondary needed help through free agency and/or the draft.

So far the Chiefs have dumped Kendrick Lewis, re-signed Husain Abdullah to a two-year deal and picked up Chris Owens – who spent last season getting hot-potatoed between Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland. And, now, the consensus amongst the experts is that the Chiefs will take a wide receiver with their first round draft pick. It’s not farfetched to believe that the Chiefs will draft a safety in the third round and address their issues on the offensive and defensive line with the remaining four picks.

Unfortunately, that means cornerback will likely be the position left out in the cold this offseason.

As of right now, the Chiefs’ six cornerbacks under contract are Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Ron Parker and Chris Owens. There’s an outside chance that they could pick up Arizona’s Shaquille Richardson or Lynchburg’s Keith Lewis as undrafted free agents; both of which have reportedly had private work outs with the Chiefs.

Maybe Cooper can improve from his rookie season. Maybe Smith can use his height advantage to grab more than two interceptions. Maybe Owens can help pressure the quarterback by blitzing from slot coverage.

But it’s just as likely that this cornerback core, which gave up nearly 250 yards per game last season, won’t be any better next season.

  • Aaron Mannicci

    On one hand, I agree that the CB corp hasn’t improved as much as we’d all have liked this offseason, but, on the other hands, I feel that this group has upside. Flowers is flowers, a solid sideline CB. Sean Smith looked bad last year due to the lack of safety help over the top but had an overall solid year, and Cooper, even with his mid season struggles, has shown the ability to potentially become a very solid CB. I also watched Owens and believe he’s what the Chiefs need. He’s physical and hard nosed, very fast and if used correctly can make an impact.