KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs added another cornerback in the third round with the selection of Notre Dame’s KeiVarae Russell. The Chiefs in the last three drafts have selected four cornerbacks in the first three rounds.
My take: The Chiefs saw Russell as their last chance to get a cornerback capable of helping right away. The 5-11, 190-pound Russell was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He’ll compete for playing time behind the starters, Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines, and third cornerback Steven Nelson.
College career interrupted: After starting his first two seasons at Notre Dame, Russell missed all of the 2014 season. He was dismissed from the university after an academic scandal. But he was reinstated the following year and returned to play last season. His year ended a couple of games early because of a broken leg, but coach Andy Reid said Russell should be ready and available when the Chiefs start offseason practice in May.
Emotional moment: Russell broke down in tears when answering questions from Kansas City area reporters shortly after he was drafted. "Bear with me," Russell said. "My mom struggled, never had much. It’s just a way out, a way out for my family. It’s a way to make my family smile, too. I was the first one to graduate high school, first one to go to college. I’ll be the first one to get my degree when I get it. This is something big. That’s why it’s so special. [Being drafted] is changing my circumstances."
What’s next: The Chiefs have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft, including three in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.