Long-term plans are laughable when a short-term solution is needed.
Imagine someone who is hopelessly single putting a down payment on a church building for a future wedding date. The idea is silly, of course. Yet as the Kansas City Chiefs rebuild their defensive depth charts, especially at cornerback, some long-term planning needs to be kept in mind throughout the entire rebuilding process.
As the Chiefs continue to remake the secondary and import new cornerbacks to round out the roster, the needs feel very immediate. That’s for good reason. Even after signing Bashaud Breeland to a one-year deal, the Chiefs have two reliable vets at the position in Kendall Fuller and Breeland and this year’s “hope he plays like he did down the stretch” candidate in Charvarius Ward. Other than that, the cupboards are bare.
The losses have been significant at the position over the last two offseasons, and Brett Veach failed to make it a priority in his first draft. The Chiefs have lost two outside corners in Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson in successive seasons, and that doesn’t include the loss of depth in both years as well. Over the last two springs, the Chiefs have also said goodbye to Josh Shaw, Orlando Scandrick, Kenneth Acker, Terrance Mitchell, Phillip Gaines, and Darrelle Revis.
Whether or not those players were valuable to the Chiefs, the sheer number of losses indicates a secondary in transition, one dependent on short-term moves. It will be some time until the depth chart feels settled at cornerback.
For now, Veach’s work is still in the “immediate” stage at cornerback. Relying on Ward to succeed when so many other corners have failed under the same “flashed late-season success” banner feels like a fool’s errand. At the very least, the Chiefs need talent and bodies at the position and that’s just to field a full defense. If any significant injury occurred, this pass defense is shot.