The Kansas City Chiefs were loaded with seven draft picks on the third and last day of the NFL Draft in Chicago and after using four of the first five of them on offensive players, they used the last two in the sixth round to add depth to their defense. With the 178th overall pick, Kansas City took cornerback D.J. White out of Georgia Tech and with the 203rd pick, added defensive end Dadi Nicolas from Virginia Tech.
White (5-11, 193 lbs) was a team captain and three-year starter for GT and has certain athletic skills, such as quickness, leaping ability, and excellent football instincts that could help him land a job as a slot, nickel or dime cornerback in the Chiefs defense. At worst, he could become a standout on special teams. As a senior, White had 41 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups, but also forced at least one fumble by the opposition all four years at Tech.
Nicolas (6-3, 235 lbs), a native of Haiti, will draw inevitable comparisons to future Chiefs Hall of Famer, Tamba Hali, because he wasn’t born here in America, has a non-stop motor, and the position he might end up playing for the Chiefs. Nicolas is described as having lightning-quick inside moves on the defensive line and was a stand-out at V-Tech (2014 second-team All-ACC).
Unfortunately, he was misused as a defensive end with a hand on the ground for much of his time in 2015 and saw a drop in production. Critics say he had difficulty disengaging from blockers and often got swallowed up by big offensive tackles in the ACC.
There’s a chance he could play outside linebacker in the Chiefs 3-4 scheme where his speed and quickness could give him a chance as a pass rusher just like Hali. Scouts also see him potentially moving him to play inside linebacker in a 3-4 because he also possesses exceptional coverage skills in pass defense. Can you say, “Derrick Johnson’s eventual replacement”?