NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WIBW) - The Chiefs didn't have a whole lot of picks to wrap up their 2019 NFL Draft.
But Kansas City made no trades and did make three selections. They are listed below with some descriptions of each player.
With the 201st overall pick, the Chiefs finally picked a cornerback in South Carolina's Rashad Fenton. Fenton led the Gamecocks in interceptions last season with three. He also made an impact in the return game there, averaging 24.8 yards per kick return for his career, the second-best mark in school history.
Fenton carried a chip on his shoulder during the draft process.
“I just felt like I had a lot more to prove with everything," Fenton said. "Just more so not as a complete cornerback, but as a complete athlete. Being able to bring more to the table than being a lockdown corner. I feel like I was able to prove that in my three years at (South) Carolina starting there.
"I just also wanted to be able to prove that I can bring more to the table. That’s more so what I wanted to do just being selected, I wanted to just bring more to the table than was obviously shown.”
Chiefs area scout David Hinson likes the former Gamecock's ball skills, believing he can help create turnovers. Hinson also explained how he thinks Fenton has what it takes to fit in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense.
“Sometimes in college, you get guys who played just strictly man, strictly playing press the majority of the time," Hinson said. "But when you see a team in college that plays a versatile of quarters and cover 2 and cover 3 and works on some different things, usually those corners are a little bit more prepared for the next level and you can work with them to do some zone stuff.
"Because that is really the tougher things for them at the next level. Everybody is playing some version of man, but how many coverages of zone did you play and then your awareness and your instincts, those are the things coaches are looking for.”
Later in the round, Kansas City took Utah State running back Darwin Thompson with the 214th pick. Thompson played just one season there, rushing for 1,044 yards with 16 total touchdowns, which is the fourth-best single-season mark in program history. He caught 23 passes for 351 yards too.
The running back believes he's a perfect fit for an explosive Chiefs offense.
“I’m a versatile player and just being in the offense with Andy Reid as a head guy and the things they come up with, with situational guys, gadget players like myself," Thompson said. "I can be plugged in anywhere and just get to playing. I’m blessed in this position.”
Chiefs national scout Trey Koziol thinks Thompson, who's just 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, brings a different vibe to Kansas City's offense.
"He is almost a little bit of a change of pace from what we have, which is nice," Koziol said. "He is obviously a little bit undersized, but in terms of his twitch and his burst, kind of that change of pace guy that can make moves in space. He is a big-play threat. He always was a big play threat for them at Utah State.
"It is a little bit different than what we had, so it gives us a little bit different dimension in terms of the passing game and guys who can operate out in space, too.”
The last pick for the Chiefs resulted in Illinois center Nick Allegretti at 216th overall. He was a two-year team captain and an All-Big Ten second team selection after starting at guard for all of his senior season.
Allegretti played multiple offensive line positions in college and feels that versatility can help him in the NFL.
"I know that I need to be able to play all three interior positions and I know I can," Allegretti said. "I think that I can move pretty fluidly throughout, center, right guard, left guard, doesn’t matter which hand I have down.
"I’m just ready for whatever they need. I’m sure we’ll get into that with the coaches more as we move forward, but I know they were excited to get a guy that can move throughout the interior pretty well.”
Chiefs area scout Terry Delp feels the former Illini lineman performed best at guard in college, but also that he's athletic and smart enough to play center.
“His intelligence, he’s a natural leader, he’s a leader of the O-line room, the guys gravitate toward him, so there’s no question there," Delp said. "It was easy for me because you get to see him do it. The hard part is when you got to project it, and sometimes you’ve just got to go off athletic ability, intelligence, stuff like that.”