Original 83rd overall pick: Center Lloyd Cushenberry III
Re-do 83rd overall pick: Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, Lousiana Tech University
After selecting Mooney, current Denver Broncos cornerback Micheal Ojemudia would not be on this roster. Cornerback would still be a need for this team so instead of Cushenberry, I drafted current Kansas City Chiefs’ cornerback, L’Jarius Sneed.
In a Vic Fangio defense, corners must be able to tackle. Early in rookie season, he proved he had that mentality as he was constantly filling gaps and bringing down physical backs like Austin Ekeler and Leonard Fournette.
Sneed had a very solid campaign his rookie year notching 41 combines tackles, along with three interceptions, seven pass-break ups, and two sacks. He missed half of his rookie campaign as well, so the pro-rated stats for an entire season could wind up being in the ballpark of 80 tackles, six interceptions, and 14 pass break-ups in comparison to Ojemudia’s 62 tackles, zero interceptions, and six pass-break ups.
In his debut as a rookie, he shined as he played a major role in shutting down what was then Deshaun Watson’s explosive Texans offense, even intercepting him, only to follow that up with an interception in his second game against rookie phenom, Justin Herbert.
In limited action, he improved a faulty Chiefs’ secondary that needed a playmaker. I look for him to continue to make strides in 2022. Unfortunately, he is a Kansas City Chief.