Trent McDuffie Drafted by Chiefs: Kansas City's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2022

Washington defensive back Trent McDuffie (22) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.


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Kansas City sent three picks to the New England Patriots to complete the trade:

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The Patriots are getting the 29th, 94th and 121st picks for the 21st pick. <a href="https://t.co/fgeLmf6ePq">https://t.co/fgeLmf6ePq</a>

McDuffie is the third cornerback off the board, behind LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. and Cincinnati's Ahmad Gardner.

Bleacher Report's Scouting Department listed McDuffie as the fourth-best corner in the class, ranked 16th overall. 

While it's unclear who is top of the class at the moment, we won't have to wait long to find out. Teams don't draft cornerbacks in the first round to have them sitting on the bench. McDuffie will likely be thrown into the fire from the second he sets foot in training camp. 

Here is the Chiefs defensive depth chart after the latest pick:


LDE: Mike Danna, Joshua Kaindoh

DT: Chris Jones, Khalen Saunders

DT: Derrick Nnadi, Tershawn Wharton

RDE: Frank Clark, Jonathan Woodard

WLB: Nick Bolton, Dorian O'Daniel

LB: Nick Bolton, Jermaine Carter

LB: Willie Gay Jr., Elijah Lee

CB: Rashad Fenton, Luq Barcoo

CB: Trent McDuffie, Deandre Baker, Brandin Dandridge

SCB: L'Jarius Sneed, Dicaprio Bootle

FS: Juan Thornhill, Deon Bush

SS: Justin Reid, Zayne Anderson

Depth chart info provided by Ourlads.


The Chiefs finished just 27th in the NFL against the pass last season and lost key players in the secondary, including Tyrann Mathieu and Charvarius Ward. McDuffie will have big shoes to fill, but he can see the field quickly while filling a huge hole in the defense.

With Kansas City always looking to compete for a Super Bowl, there will be plenty of pressure on the rookie right away.