Underrated UDFA Chiefs have athletic ability to fill offseason’s biggest hole

After trading away Rajarius Snead this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking for someone to fill the cornerback position in 2024.

That dark horse could be recently signed undrafted free agent Myles Battle. A former wide receiver, Battle switched to cornerback midway through his freshman year at Ole Miss. He transferred to Utah for his senior season, where he recorded 32 tackles, three passes defended and one interception. Battle has good size and length at 6’3″. He posted excellent athletic testing results at his Utah Pro Day, including a 37″ vertical rise and an unofficial 4.3 second sprint time. 40 meters. Our friends at Kansas City Sports Network are listed as Battle’s Teir 1 cBAT (Cornerback Athletic Test) contestants.

Battle’s athleticism could put him at the heart of the Chiefs’ cornerback competition. Snead’s departure leaves a void for a tall, athletic center back who can be a Swiss Army Knife-type defender. Early in his career, Snead was a blitz-heavy defensive back/safety hybrid, which could be a good way to take advantage of battles. At this point, Battle is more of an athlete than a football player. He needs to work more on his body control and technique. He also makes too many mental mistakes, especially in zone coverage, which the Chiefs often play. Perhaps much of that can be attributed to the fact that this is his first time in the position. The Chiefs have made great strides in finding cornerbacks recently, acquiring Jalen Watson, Nick Jones and Nati Johnson with seventh-round picks. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has extensive experience developing defensive backs. Keep an eye on the battle as we head into minicamp and training camp this summer. As always, special teams performance will be key for the rookies that make up the roster.

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