It’s no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs struggled mightily on defense last year. Moves were made, and the draft selections of safety Juan Thornhill and lineman Khalen Saunders helped solidify the overhaul on defense.
However, despite the most glaring concern being depth at the cornerback position, the Chiefs waited until the sixth round to select Rashad Fenton with 201st overall pick. Whether he’s considered just a developmental player or something more, let’s take a look at what Fenton is all about.
Born in 1997, Fenton played his football at Miami Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, Florida. He was rated a three-star prospect and eventually chose to commit to South Carolina over Florida Louisville.
In 2015, he broke loose on the very first kickoff return of his career against LSU, taking the ball 96 yards to the house. After seeing extensive action on special teams, he eventually got limited action at cornerback during the second half of the season.
Fenton later appeared in 12 games with seven starts in 2016, recording 38 tackles and an interception. In his junior campaign he steadily improved. Fenton started all 13 games and logged 48 tackles, a fumble recovery, and another interception that came against Wofford.
In his senior season, Fenton was widely considered to the Gamecocks’ top corner. Also with the occasional role at safety, he started 12 of 13 games, recording 34 tackles and three interceptions. Perhaps most notably, he was selected by his colleagues for the 2018 Unselfish Teammate Award.
Fenton is quick and has the ability to jump routes. However, he struggles in deep coverage and can improve on his tackling. Although he did well in the SEC, the South Carolina product is most likely considered a piece to improve depth at the cornerback position and won’t make an immediate impact if any. It’s possible that he could have a role in kick returns, but only time will tell.