Final week, we informed you about an NFL.com article through which 5 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have been named to the “finest staff cash should buy.” On Tuesday, the league’s flagship web site launched one other all-star staff — this one consisting solely of gamers below 25 years of age. (And sure… Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is now too outdated for this checklist). However one Kansas Metropolis participant did make Nick Shook’s younger roster.
L’Jarius Sneed • FLEX • Kansas Metropolis Chiefs • Age: 24
Sneed was a weapon for the Chiefs in his first season, one able to being deployed in a wide range of conditions and producing a optimistic end result. Line him up on the road and watch him register a QB stress. Transfer him into the slot and await him to make a play on a cross over the center. Transfer him exterior if it’s essential, and he would possibly simply haul in an interception. He did so 3 times as a rookie whereas recording seven passes defensed, 41 tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits. The man can do all of it — together with shutting down the passing assault. He allowed the third-lowest completion proportion (46.5%) amongst all defenders (minimal 30 targets). And to assume, 2020 was simply his first season.
Even exterior of Kansas Metropolis, Sneed — who was chosen within the fourth spherical (138th general) — is broadly seen as one of many steals of the 2020 NFL Draft. So his look on this explicit all-star staff isn’t that shocking. And within the coming season — through which the Chiefs are anticipated to maneuver Sneed from slot cornerback to exterior cornerback not less than among the time — he could have a higher problem than he confronted in 2020.
Nonetheless… he needs to be up for it. Shook failed to say essentially the most spectacular factor about his rookie season: he amassed these statistics in simply 9 video games.