2021 AFC West Cornerbacks: Where do the Las Vegas Raiders rank?
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Once again, the Kansas City Chiefs do not rank well on a defensive list, but they do have some bright spots on that side of the ball. When you look at their defensive line and safeties, it would be a different story, but looking at the cornerback position, and their corners do not impress as much as the other two teams in this division.
Either Mike Hughes, who the Chiefs acquired from the Minnesota Vikings for a 2022 sixth-round pick, L’Jarius Sneed, a 2020 fourth-round pick who ended up starting six games for the Chiefs last season, or Charvarius Ward would be two of the starting outside corners if the season started today. The only reason they are higher than the Raiders on this list is that even though they are lower on the talent side, they do seem to make more plays and make fewer mistakes than the Raiders have these past couple of seasons.
Kansas City did also take a chance on Deandre Baker, a former New York Giants first-round pick who got in some trouble a couple years ago. If both Baker and Hughes play like the first-round talent, this could be a group that can exceed expectations, but until that happens, this is one of the few weak spots on what should be another very good Kansas City team.