Player Profile: Rashad Fenton

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Berserker
Berserker

1. Fuller
2. Breeland
3. Ward
4-5. Smith, Reaser, Fenton, Fields, Wade…. Yeah, I’m not feeling great about the CB depth.

hmills110
hmills110

I’m gonna reserve judgement until I see how committed to and capable of getting every-down pressure they are. This secondary could end up looking pretty good.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

So he’s basically another Tremon Smith?

KCChef
KCChef

Meh … 6th rndr … UDFA 2.0 IMHO … Still , I’m pullin’ for the Man …

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Yeah I’m not confident either one of these guys is going to make the team,. By these guys I mean Fenton and Tremon.

Anthony Stratton

Tremon made the roster as a returner. He brought nothing as a cb. Won’t be the case for Fenton, hes gonna have to earn a spot for cover skills

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Now that they have Hardman, I think Tremon Smith is going to have to show something more to stay on the active roster. His Seattle performance was not good.

Anthony Stratton

Agreed 100%. Before the draft I called Tremon Smith as being a cut and peeps wasn’t havin it.

hmills110
hmills110

I come back to the pressure. The better they are at that, the more I like the scrappiness of the DB group. But no, they’re not gonna get a lot of slow-developing coverage sacks. I’ve always been suspicious of those, because you just can’t give the better QBs in the league time to process the field.

TNCHIEFS
TNCHIEFS

I really like this kid, and am not surprised he got the Unselfish Award. Now, can he find a way to grow and produce on the field and secure a spot on the 53 man roster?

Anthony Stratton

Thats the question

Team Player
Team Player

Yeah I think he’s the guy who does all he can with what he has. It’s just not enough.

hmills110
hmills110

If they actually start jamming at the line and not that fake “press” coverage we’ve been treated to the last x number of seasons, Fenton could be a nice add. He can deliver a good jam at the line, and he covers better when he does. KC’s been very poor at affecting routes right after the snap. And the better QBs FEAST on the free release, wherever they can get it. Sutton/Thomas/Harris played into that all the time. Your secondary’s never good enough if you’re not affecting routes, more than the Chiefs typically have.