Chiefs strike trade with Patriots to move up for McDuffie

Posted: 29/04/2022 in NFL
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The Kansas City Chiefs selected Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, No. 21 overall.

The Chiefs sent the 29th, 94th, and 121st picks to the New England Patriots to move to No. 21, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

McDuffie was a star cornerback at Washington despite failing to grab an interception last season. He finished his collegiate career with two picks and one sack.

Kansas City’s pass defense ranked 27th last season and allowed 27 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.

Scouting profile: Trent McDuffie

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McDuffie is an outstanding athlete whose speed and fluidity give him an ideal skill set for sticky man coverage. However, he could thrive in any role he’s asked to take on, as his instincts also show up in zone coverage. The only real question mark in his game will be his ability to match up with big-bodied targets. He could primarily end up in the slot due to a significant lack of length, but there’s no less value in such a player in today’s game, and he’d be particularly impactful in that role with the tenacity he brings as a run defender. Either way, McDuffie should be considered a safe first-round talent with multiple paths to long-term impact play.

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