If a wideout crosses paths with Marqueston Huff and attempts to short-arm an intended pass, it says one of two things: a) He lacks toughness or b) he's intelligent.
Huff moonlights as a 196-pound steamroller of souls. When the Wyoming standout acquires a clear line of sight, he foams at the mouth and his pupils morph into a pair of wrecking balls.
Throughout his collegiate career, Huff periodically employed press coverage, flashing a foundation of cornerback skills. However, if designated to that role, his backpedal and general footwork need to be refined, and his ceiling would be that of a part-time nickelback.
Be that as it may, his 4.19-second 20-yard shuttle, which was fifth best at this year's combine, showed fluid hips.
Huff's home is at safety (strong or free), though.
His next coaching staff will need to temper the future draftee's "attack first, ask questions last" mentality, suppressing his inclination to bite on play-action bait. But he's a playmaking, downfield guardian who boasts the required brand of closing speed to be a Cover 1 deep safety at the next level.
Huff's pros and cons are similar to those of potential first-rounder Calvin Pryor. Only, the former is smaller and rawer, but he's also faster and slightly more athletic.
If the ideal free safety was constructed in a lab, the skill set would bear a striking resemblance to that of Sanders Commings'.
Due to injury, the second-year safety convert was limited to three snaps last season. That being the case, most local enthusiasts are unfamiliar with his abilities, causing a crowd-sourced state of concern that ultimately ballooned to widespread panic when gauging the need at free safety.
At Georgia, he was reputed to be an instinctive, bone-bruising cornerback who played part time at free safety. And a year ago, Commings authored 4.41 40 time—despite weighing more than Eric Berry—which would have topped every safety in the 2014 class.
He was also selected as a center fielder in the 2008 MLB draft, which speaks volumes to his forte for covering ground and tracking balls.
Is free safety a potential concern? Without a doubt. After notching a few years of experience under his belt—depending on progress, obviously—Huff, for a relatively cheap price, can eventually develop into a starter.
But when framed in the grand scheme of things, the position's need is largely overstated, which allows Kansas City to address it in the latter stages of the draft.