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Rating the top cornerbacks in the NFL Draft

Connecticut’s Byron Jones (16) intercepted a pass against East Carolina on Oct. 23 in Greenville, N.C.
Connecticut’s Byron Jones (16) intercepted a pass against East Carolina on Oct. 23 in Greenville, N.C. The Associated Press

1. Kevin Johnson, 6-0, 188, Wake Forest

Bio: Three-year starter who had 44 tackles (3.5 for loss), one interception, six pass breakups in 12 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 31-inch arms. 8 3/8-inch hands. 4.52 40-yard dash. 41.5-inch vertical. 130-inch broad jump. 6.79 3-cone drill. 3.89 20-yard shuttle. 12.19 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Lacks bulk and has short arms. Chose not to bench press at the combine or his pro day so his functional strength can stand to improve. Plays off-man and press-man coverage. Is a quick-twitch athlete — has the quickest hips in the draft class, very quick feet and a good backpedal. Also has a strong vertical jump but needs to improve his hands and ball skills. Has a real closing burst and sticky cover skills. Is a little handsy in man coverage. Is a willing tackler who tries to deliver a big hit when possible but will occasionally miss tackles due to his lack of strength. Seems competitive and into the game. Plug-and-play type whose cover skills and athleticism will help him immediately challenge for a starting job.

Grade: 6.9

2. Byron Jones, 6-1, 199, Connecticut

Bio: Four-year starter and team captain who had 24 tackles (none for loss), two interceptions and four pass deflections in seven games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 32-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 4.4 40-yard dash. 18 bench reps. 44.5-inch vertical. 147-inch broad jump. 6.78 3-cone drill. 3.94 20-yard shuttle. 10.98 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Missed five games in 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Workout warrior who blew everyone away at the NFL Combine; posted top-five marks at his position in five different drills. Set a world record with his combine broad jump. Looks the part, physically, with long arms and big hands that can help him re-route receivers in press coverage. One-speed corner whose transitional quickness out of breaks in man coverage is a concern, as is his senior-year press technique (which might have to do with his shoulder injury). Backpedal needs work. Has good hips. Fairly instinctive. Willing drag-down tackler who tries to pry the ball out. Is a little grabby downfield but has some ball skills. Has some experience there. Four-year starter who reportedly has leadership traits.

Grade: 6.9

3. Trae Waynes, 6-0, 186, Michigan State

Bio: Two-year starter who had 46 tackles (two for loss), three interceptions, eight pass breakups and 11 pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season. Turns 23 this year. 31-inch arms. 8.25-inch hands. 4.31 40-yard dash. 19 bench reps. 38-inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 7.06 3-cone drill. 4.39 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Competitive press corner who played on the boundary in 2014, as the Spartans used him to take away the short side of the field. Arm length (surprisingly) may not pass muster. Also has small hands and lacks bulk. Displays the ability to play to his elite timed speed, but can still be beaten deep. Largely has good feet, hips and the transitional quickness to mirror-and-match. Like his former teammate, Darqueze Dennard, he is far too grabby in coverage and will need to adjust. Has some natural ball skills. Is confident, feisty and chippy; is not afraid to get in a receiver’s face. Is a (mostly) willing tackler who plays downhill and will come up and hit you.

Grade: 6.9

4. Eric Rowe, 6-1, 205, Utah

Bio: Four-year starter who had 59 tackles (three for loss), one interception and 13 pass deflections in 12 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 31.5-inch arms. 9.5-inch hands. 4.45 40-yard dash. 19 bench reps. 39-inch vertical. 125-inch broad jump. 6.70 3-cone drill. 3.97 20-yard shuttle. 11.48 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Started at safety for three years before moving to corner in 2014. Looks the part of an NFL press-man corner. Workout warrior who killed it during the testing portion of the combine, rating as a top performer in all seven testing drills. Has plenty of press-man experience. Does not play to timed speed — can be beaten with deep speed but has good transitional quickness and above average hips. Good awareness in coverage; does a nice job of getting his hands up to knock the ball away but could improve his hands; left some interceptions on the field. Is a willing hitter and will help in run support. Might end up being a better safety; there’s some versatility here.

Grade: 6.8

Tape: UCLA ’14

5. Quinten Rollins, 5-11, 195, Miami (OH)

Bio: First-year starter who had 72 tackles (four for loss), seven interceptions, nine pass breakups and 16 pass deflections in 12 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 30.25-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.57 40-yard dash. 14 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 7.10 3-cone drill. 4.28 20-yard shuttle. 11.53 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Former basketball player who started for Miami’s hoops team for four years before coming out for football in 2014 and was named the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year. Has average arm length — might not fit the physical profile of what the Chiefs want at the position. Showed tremendous ball production for a raw prospect. Long speed is a concern, due to his combine 40. Played mostly off coverage, so press technique will need to be honed. Only played one year of college football but showed very good ball skills. Is surprisingly physical — is not afraid to come up and stick you. Likes to hit. Has okay hips — can turn and run. Shows promising instincts despite his lack of experience. Level of competition must also be considered in draft grade.

Grade: 6.7

6. P.J. Williams, 6-0, 194, Florida State

Bio: Two-year starter who had 74 tackles (6.5 for loss), one interception, 10 pass breakups and 11 deflections in 13 games in 2014. Declared for the draft after his true junior season. Turns 22 this year. 31-inch arms. 8 5/8-inch hands. 4.45 40-yard dash. 12 bench reps. 41-inch vertical. 135-inch broad jump. 7.08 3-cone drill. 4.28 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Lines up against slot and outside receivers, but was primarily the boundary corner at Florida State. Has fluid hips, overall, and good technique in press coverage. Has average arm length and small hands (which is important when rerouting receivers) but is physical at the line of scrimmage, nonetheless. Boasts an excellent broad jump, which tests lower-body explosion, and vertical jump. Seems to have good instincts, overall. Willing to throw his body around against the run. Long speed is only average — ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the combine and gave up some big plays over the top during the season. Might best project as a safety. Was slated to be The Star’s No. 1 or No. 2 cornerback before he was cited for a DUI in April. Was also involved in a hit-and-run last October. Teams will look into his reliability due to the timing of the latest incident.

Grade: 6.6

Story: Florida State’s P.J. Williams is a battle-tested, press-man cornerback

Tape: Louisville ’14

7. Marcus Peters, 6-0, 197, Washington

Bio: Three-year starter who had 30 tackles (four for loss), three interceptions, seven pass breakups and 10 pass deflections in eight games in 2014. Turned 22 this year. 31.5-inch arms. 8 3/8-inch hands. 4.53 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 37.5-inch vertical. 121-inch broad jump. 7.08 3-cone drill. 4.08 20-yard shuttle. 11.26 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Was dismissed for violating team rules during the middle of the season. At the combine, Peters admitted he did not get along with the new coaching staff that took over in 2014. Experienced, emotional, aggressive and competitive press-man corner with good hips. Attacks the ball in coverage but long speed isn’t great. Transitional quickness is only OK. Is overly grabby in press-man, and his cover technique can get a little sloppy. Is a willing tackler vs. the run who must wrap up better after the catch. Has the skills and competitiveness to be an NFL starter, but teams will dig into his off-field issues and decide whether or not he’s coachable. Would have a late first-round grade here if it were not for those questions.

Grade: 6.6

Tape: Arizona State ’14

8. Jalen Collins, 6-1, 203, Louisiana State

Bio: First-year starter who had 38 tackles (three for loss), four interceptions, nine pass breakups and 10 pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. 32 1/8-inch arms. 9 3/8-inch hands. 4.48 40-yard dash. 36-inch vertical. 124-inch broad jump. 6.77 3-cone drill. 4.27 20-yard shuttle. 11.32 60-yard shuttle. Decided not to bench press at the combine or pro day.

Evaluation: Looks the part; big and rangy with ideal size and timed speed. Has the size and physicality to contest downfield 50/50 balls. Only started half of LSU’s games this season. Still raw; best football is ahead of him. Has experience in press- and off-man. Only OK closing burst and transitional quickness. Is a little stiff in the hips. Has good long speed once he gets going. Struggles to find and track the ball in the air and needs to continue developing his eyes. Must become a more consistent tackler but is willing to chip in. Can be a tick late to diagnose. Has the athletic tools to a good press corner with more coaching but might need some time to get there.

Grade: 6.6

Tape: Alabama ’14

9. Steven Nelson, 5-10, 197, Oregon State

Bio: Juco transfer. Two-year starter who had 60 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and 10 pass deflections in 12 games in 2014. Turned 22 this year. 30 5/8-inch arms. 9.25-inch hands. 4.49 40-yard dash. 19 bench reps. 34.5-inch vertical. 115-inch broad jump. 6.80 3-cone drill. 4.07 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Short but has necessary bulk, physicality and athleticism to hold up in a press scheme. Strong kid for his size — his 19 bench reps were among the combine’s best at his position. Really good closing burst. Fiery, competitive player who is into it. Will challenge the jump balls — has a good knack for it. Good feet, hips and transitional quickness. Can click and close — will come up and stick you in off-man. Is a fearless, reliable and willing tackler. Has some return skills.

Games watched: Arizona State ’14, Southern California ’14

Grade: 6.5

Tape: Arizona State ’14

10. Ladarius Gunter, 6-1, 202, Miami (Fla.)

Bio: Two-year starter who had 28 tackles (zero for loss), two interceptions, six pass breakups and eight pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. 31.5-inch arms. 9 5/8-inch hands. 4.64 40-yard dash. 12 bench reps. 33.5-inch vertical. 108-inch broad jump. 6.91 3-cone drill. 4.35 20-yard shuttle. 12.44 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Big bump-and-run corner with lots of experience at strong and free safety. Also played off-man at Miami but seems more comfortable in press-man, where he can use his big body to smother receivers. Flashed strong press-man cover skills at the Senior Bowl; has solid hips out of press. Shows the ability to track the deep ball. Could stand to be more active against the run. Long speed is a question; 40-yard dash time isn’t great.

Grade: 6.5

Tape: Duke ’14

11. Ronald Darby, 5-11, 193, Florida State

Bio: Two-year starter who had 43 tackles (one for loss), zero interceptions and four pass deflections in 14 games in 2014. Declared for the draft after his true junior season. Turned 21 this year. 31 3/8-inch arms. 8 5/8-inch hands. 4.38 40-yard dash. 12 bench reps. 41.5-inch vertical. 129-inch broad jump. 6.94 3-cone drill. 4.14 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Is young for a prospect. Was primarily the field corner at Florida State, opposite top corner P.J. Williams. Length is on the low end of what the Chiefs prefer. Has good athleticism and long speed; he can turn and run and keep up with most downfield. Hips and transitional quickness are only average — receivers can create separation against him at the route stem. Needs to refine his man and cover technique; can be set up by savvy route running. Needs to continue working on his ball skills — doesn’t take the ball away. Is feisty and likes to deliver the big hit if he can and is generally a reliable tackler but could stand to be more aggressive vs. the run. Good coaching will help him reach his potential. Had a role in the oft-discussed allegations surrounding teammate Jameis Winston.

Grade: 6.4

Tape: Miami ’14

12. Darryl Roberts, 6-0, 182, Marshall

Bio: Three-year starter who had 75 tackles (3.5 for loss), one interception and 17 pass deflections in 14 games in 2014. 32 1/8-inch arms. 9 1/8-inch hands. 4.39 40-yard dash. 23 bench reps. 39-inch vertical. 133-inch broad jump. 6.66 3-cone drill. 4.08 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Given the nickname “Swagg” by his teammates. Suffered an ankle injury that cost him the entire 2012 season. Is lean but long and has experience in a press scheme. Looks the part — has excellent timed speed and bench press strength and a good vertical. Has good feet. Is twitchy. Has good hips, can turn and run and has intriguing long speed. Had 17 passes deflections this season. Is a little grabby. Is a willing tackler — tremendous tackle production this season — but can be overpowered by bigger backs.

Grade: 6.3

13. Charles Gaines, 5-10, 180, Louisville

Bio: Two-year starter who had 36 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions and 12 pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Declared after his redshirt junior season. Turns 23 this year. 31 3/8-inch arms. 8 3/4-inch hands. 4.44 40-yard dash. 34.5-inch vertical. 123-inch broad jump. 7.07 3-cone drill. 4.20 20-yard shuttle. Elected not to bench press at combine or pro day.

Evaluation: Short with a thin frame. Lacks the bulk, strength and physicality to consistently excel in press-man coverage, but he’s a twitchy athlete who flips his hips well and has good transitional quickness, which will help him in man coverage. Can really turn and run with guys short-to-intermediate but can be beaten deep by elite long speed. Does a nice job contesting passes; has good awareness. Not terribly interested in tackling vs. the run, though he consistently brings down his man vs. the pass. Has the potential to be a starting NFL cornerback, but other teams that care less about size will probably give him a higher grade.

Grade: 6.3

Tape: Georgia ’14

14. Jacoby Glenn, 6-0, 179, Central Florida

Bio: Two-year starter who had 48 tackles (one for loss), seven interceptions and 18 pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season. 31.25-inch arms. 8 5/8-inch hands. 4.64 40-yard dash. Did not bench at the combine. 34-inch vertical. 123-inch broad jump. 6.97 3-cone drill. 4.26 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Is young for his position. AAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Has average arm length. Timed speed (4.64) is a concern. Has very good ball skills — had unreal ball production in 2014. Has a closing burst. Has average fluidity and hips but can track it deep. Emotional kid who is into it — competitive and tough. Flies up to support the run. Looks like a Tampa 2 corner but his ball skills and competitiveness translate to any system. Didn’t face top competition.

Grade: 6.2

Tape: Penn State ’14

15. Garry Peters, 6-0, 191, Clemson

Bio: First-year starter who had 45 tackles (eight for loss), one interception and 13 pass deflections in 12 games in 2014. Turns 24 this year. 31.5-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 4.61 40-yard dash. Seven bench reps. 32.5-inch vertical. 119-inch broad jump. 6.80 3-cone drill. 4.00 20-yard shuttle. 11.10 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Is old for a prospect. Has a good body for a press-man corner — looks lanky and has big hands to re-route receivers. Played some press at Clemson, where he liked to use his length to crowd receivers. Has OK hips and transitional quickness. Long speed (4.61 40-yard dash) is a concern. Is competitive — likes to talk.

Grade: 6.2

Tape: Oklahoma ’14

16. Josh Shaw, 6-0, 201, Southern California

Bio: Two-year starter who had 11 tackles (none for loss), no interceptions and no pass deflections in three games in 2014. Turned 23 this year. 30.75 -inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.44 40-yard dash. 26 bench reps. 37.5-inch vertical. 130-inch broad jump. 7.01 3-cone drill. 4.12 20-yard shuttle. 11.65 60-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Was caught being untruthful about an incident that resulted in him spraining his ankles before the season and was suspended. Only played three games in 2014. Packs a punch as a tackler. Iffy long speed and hips but upper-body strength and length to press is intriguing. Has the look of a Cover 2 zone corner. Is not twitchy. Needs to improve his cover technique. Also has experience at safety. Teams will be intrigued by his size and willingness to hit.

Grade: 6.2

Tape: Nebraska ’14

17. Damian Swann, 6-0, 189, Georgia

Bio: Three-year starter and team captain who had 65 tackles (4.5 for loss), four interceptions and eight pass breakups in 12 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 31-inch arms. 8 7/8-inch hands. 4.50 40-yard dash. 33-inch vertical. 118-inch broad jump. 7.03 3-cone drill. 4.20 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Has short arms but his bulk is adequate for corner. Transitional quickness and long speed are average; has some experience at nickel and at safety. Shows good awareness and instincts at those positions. Has decent ball skills and is very willing to contribute vs. the run. His versatility should appeal to teams.

Grade: 6.2

Tape: South Carolina ’14

18. Alex Carter, 6-0, 196, Stanford

Bio: Three-year starter who had 41 tackles (none for loss), one interceptions and 10 pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Declared for the draft after his junior season. 32 1/8-inch arms. 9 1/8-inch hands. 4.51 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 40-inch vertical. 121-inch broad jump. 7.05 3-cone drill. 4.07 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Father is longtime NFL cornerback Tom Carter. Long press corner with ideal measurables — his arm length and vertical will appeal to press-man teams — but is not twitchy. Long speed, hips and transitional quickness are average. Has good eye discipline. Needs to work on his ball skills. Is a willing tackler.

Grade: 6.1

Tape: Notre Dame ’14

19. Tye Smith, 6-0, 195, Towson

Bio: Three-year starter who had 85 tackles (2.5 for loss), one interception and nine pass deflections in 12 games in 2014. 32-inch arms. 8.75-inch hands. 4.6 40-yard dash. 15 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 124-inch broad jump. 6.97 3-cone drill. 3.96 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Thin with long arms and good straight-line speed. Also flashes a closing burst and good hips. The 4.6 40-yard dash he ran at the combine is a concern. Is a missile vs. the run — is willing to lay the lumber. Tremendous production vs. the run. Is a bit of a projection due to a lack of film online. A developmental player with upside.

Grade: 6.1

Tape: Career highlights

20. DeVante Bausby, 6-1, 180, Pittsburg State

Bio: Three-year starter who had 47 tackles (2.5 for loss), four interceptions and nine pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. 31.25-inch arms. 9 3/8-inch hands. 4.42 40-yard dash. 15 bench reps. 37.5-inch vertical. 132-inch broad jump. 7.09 3-cone drill. 4.24 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Possesses desired length in a press-man cornerback. Also has experience in off-man. Has quick hips and can turn and run with receivers. Also flashes some ball skills; he can high-point it. Has some experience in press man. Can locate the football in the air down the field and make a play on it. Has a closing burst on the ball. Has a knack for blitzing. Can be more consistent in his technique. Needs to be more consistent tackling. No full games are available online, so this is a bit of a projection.

Grade: 6.1

Tape: 2014 highlights

21. Tray Walker, 6-3, 187, Texas Southern

Bio: Had 41 tackles (1.5 for loss), three interceptions and four pass breakups in 11 games in 2014. 33 5/8-inch arms. 4.54 40-yard dash. 32.5 -inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 6.80 3-cone drill. 4.30 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Possesses rare and ideal length for press coverage — 33 5/8-inch arms. Can click and close in off coverage. Has a real closing burst. Production should be better for level of competition. No full games available online, so this is a bit of a projection. Is a developmental type you take and hope to coach into a contributor in two or three years.

Grade: 6.1

Tape: Career highlights


NICKEL CORNERBACKS

1. Senquez Golson, 5-9, 176, Mississippi

Bio: Three-year starter who had 43 tackles (three for loss), 10 interceptions and eight pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. 29.75-inch arms. 9 3/8-inch hands. 4.46 40-yard dash. 16 bench reps. 33.5-inch vertical. 120-inch broad jump. 6.81 3-cone drill. 4.20 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Like any small player, long-term durability is a concern. Short with extremely short arms but plays bigger than his size. Has an extra gear in recovery and in pursuit. Has quick feet and quick hips. Is a reliable tackler and will come up and play the run when necessary. Mainly plays off coverage. Can click and close. Put impressive ball skills on display in 2014 with 10 interceptions. Vertical jump is only 33.5-inches so he will still be a target in the red zone. Probably projects as a nickel cornerback (where he barely played) for the size-conscious Chiefs, and his grade reflects that, but some team is going to give him a higher grade and take him higher.

Grade: 6.3

Tape: Louisiana State ’14

2. Doran Grant, 5-10, 200, Ohio State

Bio: Two-year starter who had 63 tackles (five for loss), five interceptions and 14 pass deflections in 5 games in 2014. 30.25-inch arms. 9 3/8-inch hands. 4.44 40-yard dash. 21 bench reps. 33-inch vertical. 116-inch broad jump. 4.18 3-cone drill. 4.33 20-yard shuttle. 7.04 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Short but stout. Has really good feet and hips in his initial press technique. Transitional quickness is average and does not always play to timed speed on deep routes. Good awareness, tries to make plays on the ball. Is a reliable tackler — comes up like a missile vs the screen. Willing to throw his body around. Very good ball production in 2014. Could be a better fit for a Cover 2-type team but could have the necessary physicality and short-to-intermediate cover skills to line up vs. the slot in a scheme like the Chiefs’.

Grade: 6.2

Tape: Oregon ’14

3. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, 5-9, 192, Oregon

Bio: Three-year starter who had 63 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions, nine pass breakups and 11 pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. Could not work out at his pro day or combine due to a season-ending ACL injury he suffered in December.

Evaluation: Tiny frame and short arms but is tough and competitive. Has experience playing press man. Also has an impressive closing burst and can click and close. Quick out of his backpedal. Shows ball skills, makes plays on the ball. Played very well against 2013 first-round pick Brandin Cooks. Willing tackler, flies up to support the run. Can get stuck on blockers. Played some nickel. Experience as a gunner. Was slated to be a much higher pick before the injury due to his combination of athleticism and mirror skills.

Grade: 6.1

Tape: Washington ’14

4. Bobby McCain, 5-9, 195, Memphis

Bio: Four-year starter who had 46 tackles (one for loss), five interceptions and four pass deflections in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. 30.5-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.51 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 36-inch vertical. 130-inch broad jump. 6.80 3-cone drill. 3.82 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Really small but has excellent athleticism that tests well and shows on tape. Closing burst is well above average. Has good top-end speed and feed. Is going to be targeted vs. the run — gets stuck on blocks and lacks the power to shed. Has played a lot of football — four-year starter at Memphis and is fairly instinctive, as evidenced by his 11 interceptions the last two years. Is an emotional player who is into it. Also has some return experience — averaged 25.1 yards per kick return in 2014.

Grade: 6.0

Tape: Ole Miss ’14

5. Kevin White, 5-9, 183, Texas Christian

Bio: Three-year starter who had 51 tackles (four for loss), two interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 13 deflections in 13 games in 2014. 30 1/8-inch arms. 8 3/8-inch hands. 4.63 40-yard dash. 18 bench reps. 35.5-inch vertical. 121-inch broad jump. 6.86 3-cone drill. 4.25 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Tiny but competitive — fared very well against West Virginia’s Kevin White in their showdown this season. Play speed is better than his timed speed (4.63). Long speed is a concern but showed the ability to turn and battle for the deep ball. Has good hips and good feet. Has a small tackle radius.

Grade: 6.0

Tape: West Virginia ’14

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Grading scale

7.5-7.1: Top 10 pick

7.0: 11-20

6.9: 21-32

6.8: Top half of the second

6.7: Bottom half of the second

6.6: Top half of the third

6.5: Bottom half of the third

6.4: Fourth round pick

6.3: Fifth-round pick

6.2: Sixth-round pick

6.1: Seventh-round pick

6.0: Priority free agent

NOTE: All rankings are based on a combination of extensive personal film study, interviews conducted with draft analysts and information gleaned from NFL Network draft broadcasts. Evaluations are cross-checked with multiple draft resources. Measurements and testing results are from the combine and pro days, according to NFL.com. Grades are assigned based on where The Star believes the Chiefs should take each player, based on their needs and scheme-fit.

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