The Kansas City Chiefs were quiet during the outset of 2020 NFL Free Agency. Just recently, did they make their first outside acquisitions. Kansas City brought in offensive lineman Mike Remmers and special teams ace/cornerback Antonio Hamilton. With this past week in mind, we have a premonition that business could be picking up soon. Cornerback is still a need on the roster, despite the addition of Hamilton. Now, we will give our outlook on a possible Chiefs free agent target at cornerback. That would be one Nickell Robey-Coleman.
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Signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of USC, Robey-Coleman logged 16 games played as a rookie. He was quickly thrust into the fold and showed versatility early on. Throughout his tenure in Buffalo, the defender served primarily as the nickel cornerback. Nickell Robey-Coleman certainly brought his production to the table, with pass deflections and tackles. More importantly, he was fairly confident, which is needed at the cornerback position.
After the Bills released him, he found an opportunity with the Los Angeles Rams. The production from Nickell Robey-Coleman did not slow down. People may not remember how little of help he had in the cornerback room early on in LA. Certainly, he shined while the focus was on Sean McVay and the flashy offense. Once the Rams brought in bigger name corners, his role was altered a little. However, Robey-Coleman held his own just like he did to begin his career in Buffalo. He is also famously known for the no-call pass interference against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game after the 2018 regular season.
Nickell Robey-Coleman feels like a cornerback that Chiefs general manager Brett Veach would be all for adding. Based off of previous additions recently, this cornerback has a similar feel to that of Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller and others. How are they similar? Specifically, the track records speak for itself. In addition, Robey-Coleman is yet another player who has stood out in one area in particular. But, he brings many more layers to the table.
Nickell Robey-Coleman can also play in a spot, where he does not have to go over the top and overthink things. Playing like his true self, like we have seen before, is good enough. Veach has not overreached when attempting to fix the cornerback position in the last few years. As a result, he takes pride in making simple moves that pay off in a larger way in the future. For example, look at how the acquisition of Charvarius Ward turned out. Robey-Coleman can come in to man the slot cornerback spot, while Veach can add another outside cornerback in the NFL Draft.
In the Chiefs red and gold, Robey-Coleman would fit the versatile style that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo likes to have with his cornerbacks. He plays tight and sticky in man coverage. To boot, this defender is aggressive at the catch point and in his tackling. Despite being a tad undersized, Nickell Robey-Coleman plays with his heart on his sleeve.
He allowed a completion rate below 66 percent with the Rams over the last two seasons. Opponents have only bested him for four different scores during that timeframe. Robey-Coleman has averaged roughly 41 tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception per season throughout his career. He has also logged 16 games played in all but one season (15 games in 2017). The bottom line is, this cornerback brings more positives than negatives in terms of production, effort and value to a team. Nickell Robey-Coleman can perform consistently at a high level for a reasonable price.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.