Last Sunday, we saw the NFL’s most dynamic quarterback attempt to complete a pass over Xavien Howard. X won that battle.
It was a baffling decision for Patrick Mahomes to even try that pass, given the success he had against the other folks in our secondary on the field at the time, namely Kavon Frazier and Clayton Fejedelem.
I’m not making those names up. Those were the safeties on the field due to injuries. Earlier, Fejedelem had given up a long-bomb TD pass. And Frazier was in coverage on KC’s 4th-and-one play that sealed the game. Both men failed on big plays.
Oh…and both were also on the field when KC returned a punt for a touchdown.
My point is this: We need depth in the secondary. So far, Noah Igbinoghene has not provided a spark. Rookie Brandon Jones is a little better. But let’s face it, when McCain or Rowe or (God forbid) one of our corners has to come out, we’re in trouble, and that was exploited soundly last game. Sorry, but Fejedelem and Frazier will be gone next year. It’s not cost-cutting…it’s simply because they aren’t NFL quality. We need to get some depth in the draft. A stud starter in college will be a perfect fit as a backup professional.
Yes, we need some help on offense too. But consider this: With some of our top linemen out, and with BOTH starting RBs out, and with BOTH starting WRs out (not to mention Jakeem Grant out also), and with our starting TE out…with ALL of that going on, we still put up 27 on the Super Bowl champs. 27! And that 27 coulda/shoulda been a lot more if Sanders didn’t blow a FG and if Jakeem Grant could catch a routine pass. I think the offense is adequate for now, and we need defensive depth help.
I know WR and RB are the hot ticket items that we all want in the draft and all the experts say we should pick. However, given that the offense depth is adequate for now and that the defense depth is poor, my picks would be to keep growing the D.