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Underrated: Kendrick Lewis
Drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, Kendrick Lewis started off his rookie season backing up Jon McGraw at free safety. After a McGraw injury, Lewis took over, starting the final ten games of the season.
In ten games, Lewis registered three interceptions, ranking second on the team behind pro bowler Eric Berry. Teaming up with Berry at small safety, the Chiefs have a good set of safeties that are able to capitalize on opposing quarterback’s mistakes.
While fans are talking about Berry and Brandon Flowers as a great defensive backs of the future, Lewis’ name should at least get some attention.
Overrated: Brandon Flowers
Go ahead and get mad at me Chiefs fans, but Brandon Flowers is slightly overrated.
By the rest of the NFL, Flowers is not overrated and actually borders on being underrated. People acknowledge his abilities, yet he is not mentioned as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
By Chiefs fans, though, Flowers is spoken of with the highest regard, as if he is the most criminally underrated player in the history of the NFL. The way fans reacted after Flowers was not named to the Pro Bowl, you would have thought someone had personally insulted the mother of every one of them.
He might have been the most underrated in 2009 when he registered five interceptions, all while playing with a hurt shoulder. In 2010, though, Flowers was very good, just not spectacular.
Is Flowers good? Absolutely. He is one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Is he the best cornerback ever? Not right now. Maybe in the future, but for now he is an incredibly good cornerback and Chiefs fans should be happy with that.