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Sanders Commings to Kansas City: How Does Defensive Back Fit with Chiefs?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Mike Gillislee #23 of the Florida Gators is tackled by Sanders Commings #19 of the Georgia Bulldogs during the game at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystJanuary 21, 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs have taken major steps to upgrade their secondary in the offseason, adding free-agent cornerbacks Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson in free agency.

The Chiefs continued that overhaul in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft, adding another cornerback that probably won't stay one for long.

For the third consecutive round, the Chiefs went to the Southeastern Conference, selecting Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings, who had 51 tackles and three interceptions in 2012, at pick 134.

The pick drew a very interesting comparison from NFL Draft Bible.

However, there's apparently some debate over how tall Commings actually is, as NFL.com lists his height at an even six feet, which would be the measurement that was taken at February's scouting combine.

What isn't up for debate, however, is that Commings is a big cornerback with excellent speed and good hands. The 216-pounder has 32" arms to go along with his better-than-average height, and his speed was on display with a very respectable 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the combine.

Those good hands were borne from Commings' career as a two-sport star. Commings also played outfielder in high school, and he was a talented enough baseball player that the Arizona Dimaondbacks selected him in the 37th round of the 2008 MLB draft.

Commings decided that football was his future, and now it appears that future also involves a position switch.

Frankly, Commings' build and skill set fits as well (if not better) at free safety than it does at cornerback, where bigger players who aren't Richard Sherman can run into problems by getting turned around by wideouts in the NFL.

In fact, Commings might well have been a free safety in Athens, but with Bacarri Rambo ahead of him on the depth chart, it made sense to keep Commings at the cornerback position and on the field.

Moving Commings to free safety would also pave the way for him to make an immediate impact in Kansas City. If the team's recent minicamp is any indication, they intend to leave Dunta Robinson at cornerback—and starting free safety Kendrick Lewis is serviceable at best—where he ranked 81st in the NFL at the position in 2012, according to Pro Football Focus.

With that said, there's a reason why a player of Commings' talents dropped to the fifth round. Commings was suspended in 2012 following a domestic violence incident, and those off-the-field concerns caused his stock to drop.

However, I still gave the trade an "A-" on my Chiefs draft tracker here at Bleacher Report, and any time a team can find a viable starter in the fifth round of the draft, fans of that team should be pleased.

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