As the 2012 NFL Draft grades and analysis comes out from a busy weekend, it’s clear that not every team is going to be able to win or come out without questions. For the Kansas City Chiefs, most of the ink of columnists is going to the Dontari Poe choice in the first round. However, Todd McShay praises Alabama’s De’quan Menzie as a potential “steal” later in the draft.
McShay writes, “Menzie’s talents fit what NFL teams look for in sub package defensive backs. He has experience lining up over the slot, is one of the most physical corners in the class in run support, and has the size and toughness to handle some of the bigger wideouts and flexed-out tight ends he’ll see in division games. Menzie does have some athletic limitations in man coverage, but he has a chance to be a steal.”
Greg Cosell praised Menzie as the best slot corner in the draft class, and his championship experience under Nick Saban is only going to enhance his ability to make the switch to the pro level quickly. The Chiefs could use that nickel safety and Menzie’s ability to play throughout the secondary should bode well for his chance to not only make the team but make an impact. Great fifth round choice.