The Kansas City Chiefs started their portion of the 2022 NFL Draft with a trade. They sent the No. 29, 94, and 121 picks to the New England Patriots in exchange for the 21st overall pick, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. With the 21st pick, the Chiefs selected Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.

With the 21st overall pick, the #Chiefs select Washington CB Trent McDuffie #ChiefsKingdom

— Devon Clements (@DevclemNFL) April 29, 2022

With the top 5 wide receivers already gone, Kansas City moved up the draft board to address a clear need on defense. McDuffie will likely be inserted right away into the starting lineup, playing alongside L’Jarius Sneed in the secondary.

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The Chiefs’ desire to move up the draft board to acquire McDuffie likely had to do with the fact that the Washington cornerback was slipping in the first round. McDuffie was ranked as the 14-best prospect in NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s updated top 150 prospect rankings, which were released on April 25. So, Kansas City moved up, got a starting cornerback, and still had another selection in the first round (30), which they drafted Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis with.

With McDuffie being drafted in the first round by the Chiefs and coming out of Washington, one NFL insider likened McDuffie to a former Chiefs first-rounder who had a very strong resume during his tenure in Kansas City.

McDuffie Likened to 3-Time All-Pro Marcus Peters

As pointed out by ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, McDuffie becomes the first defensive back the Chiefs have selected in the first round since 2015. It was in that year that Kansas City selected cornerback Marcus Peters, who, like McDuffie, also went to Washington.

#Chiefs trade up with Patriots for Trent McDuffie. Marcus Peters in 2015 was the last DB the Chiefs selected in the 1st Round. Peters also went to Washington.

— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) April 29, 2022

Peters was the 18th overall pick by the Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft. During his rookie season in Kansas City, Peters was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, an All-Pro, and got a Pro Bowl nod after accumulating 53 tackles, 26 passes defended, eight …read more



CB Trent McDuffie Likened to Ex-Chiefs Defensive Rookie of the Year

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