The Kansas City Chiefs have selected former South Carolina cornerback Rashad Fenton with the 201st overall pick (Round 6) in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Fenton (5-11, 193) played in 48 games in four seasons at South Carolina (30 starts) and totaled 122 tackles, five interceptions, and 24 passes defensed. He also was a kick returner for the Gamecocks with a 24.8-yard career average and one return for a touchdown. Fenton was clocked at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine with a vertical jump of 34 inches, a broad jump of 117 inches, and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.25 seconds.
The selection of Fenton is the first in Day 3 for the Chiefs. Here’s a look at the other selections they’ve made so far.
“I think we’re just looking to find another great player period, offense or defense,” Veach said. “I think the cool thing about having the league MVP (quarterback Patrick Mahomes) is he makes the people around him that much better, so that’s a luxury we have. And if we can get him another tool, we absolutely will. But I think in general we’re just looking to find playmakers on both sides of the football. I don’t think we’re going to be geared towards offense now because Pat is so good. But we’re also aware that Pat is so good, so if there’s someone out there that can make him even better, we’ll be all for it. But I think just in general, we just want to add playmakers, and that includes special teams too.”
Among the top needs coming into the draft for the Chiefs were cornerback, safety, wide receiver, tight end, and running back. The Chiefs had six draft picks in 2018, which was Veach’s first draft as general manager, and used them on defensive end Breeland Speaks (Round 2), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (Round 3), linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (Round 3), safety Armani Watts (Round 4), cornerback Tremon Smith (Round 6), and guard Kahlil McKenzie (Round 6).
Juan Thornhill of Virginia and Rashad Fenton of South Carolina will try to help impact the secondary.
“I want to prove that not only as a complete cornerback but as a complete athlete, just being able to bring more to the table and being a lockdown corner,” Fenton said. “I feel I was able to prove that during my time at South Carolina.”
The Chiefs have added Jamal Custis, an undrafted free agent receiver from Syracuse, to their lineup. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Curtis will receive $100,000 in guaranteed money.Juan Thornhill is expected to instantly mix in with the starting defensive backs. According to Brett Veach, he was the No. 1 ranked free safety prospect for the Chiefs. There’s a burden that comes with being regarded so highly as a rookie. Given the quarterbacks throwing at rookie camp, he could be in for a big one.
Then you have a guy like Khalen Saunders, who automatically has a lot to prove coming from Western Illinois which is an FCS school. He’ll have a chip on his shoulder coming in, but will it be enough? He’ll have to face off against fellow rookie Nick Allegretti during minicamp.
Fans didn’t like the Rashad Fenton pick, but Andy Reid seems to believe he’s a versatile piece for the team to use in the secondary. The question of readiness will certainly be looming, but Fenton could benefit from the quarterback play at camp.
Darwin Thompson is sure to be a fan favorite during the entire offseason program. His contact balance is superb, but he won’t have much of a chance to show it because of the lack of live contact periods.The Kansas City Chiefs used their initial pick on the final day of the NFL draft to select Rashad Fenton, a cornerback out of South Carolina who can play multiple positions on defense.Fenton is another piece Kansas City can use as it shifts to a 4-3 defense under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The club has been busy fixing one of the NFL’s worst defenses this offseason, and added safety Juan Thornhill and defensive tackle Khalen Saunders on Friday night.
Their biggest addition came earlier in the week, when the Chiefs packaged their first-round pick and a second-rounder next year to acquire pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks.