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The Chiefs’ draft included the addition of several new faces to the defense, giving them much-needed athletics but also putting other veterans at risk of losing their jobs.
The Chiefs underwent some of a roster turnover this offseason and lost big pieces like Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu. In return, they have strengthened their depth on wide receiver and filled up on defense via the NFL Draft.
Their defensive overhaul will pay off big in the coming season, but it could also force veterans out of the team. These three guys saw their position groups being strengthened, putting them in danger of being released.
3 Chiefs that could be cut after the 2022 NFL Draft
DeAndre Baker, corner kick
Brett Veach has always been known for filling the cornerback position via the late rounds of the draft, UDFAs or one-year veteran additions. This year, his philosophy took a turn. Chiefs drafted Trent McDuffie in the first round, Joshua Williams in the fourth round and Jaylen Watson in the seventh round. They then traded to form Texans cornerback Lonnie Johnson post-draft.
All of these traits suggest that Veach was unhappy with the current group of corners, and when you look at who might be the odd man out, DeAndre Baker stands out. The former Giants’ first-round pick may be away in Kansas City.
Baker has shown glimpses with the team, but has so far not been able to put together solid tape so the team can trust him more than depth and special teams. It may be better for him to find an opportunity elsewhere.