It’s the forgotten avenue of team development â€“ improvement from within.
There are players that management and the coaching staff are counting on to improve their level of play on offense, defense and/or special teams. The top five players on that list are: WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Allen Bailey, QB Brady Quinn, CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson. All play key positions where improvement is needed, either via their performance or by forcing teammates to raise the level of their play. On Tuesday we looked at WR Jonathan Baldwin, Wednesday it was DE Allen Bailey and Thursday it was QB Brady Quinn. Today, it’s CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson follows.
It’s been a common refrain from NFL personnel types and coaches for the last 20 years now â€“ you can never have too many good cornerbacks. The growing influence in the pro game of passing schemes with more than the normal two receivers on the field requires defenses to have more than two cover corners. Sometimes three are not enough.
GM Scott Pioli obviously agrees with that approach. In four drafts with the Chiefs (including the 2012 session), Pioli has selected a cornerback in the fifth round or higher each year: Donald Washington (4th-2009), Javier Arenas (2nd-2010), Jalil Brown (4th-2011) and De’Quan Menzie (5th-2012).
Over the past four years, the Chiefs had great stability at cornerback with 2008 draft picks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr in the starting lineup. Two seasons ago, Arenas joined the defense in the nickel back role, handling the slot receiver. …Read More!