Patrick Mahomes looks ready to lead what could be a high-octane Chiefs offense this season, but the defense remains suspect at best. After acquiring Kendall Fuller from Washington for Alex Smith, Kansas City could opt to pair him with Georgia’s standout corner, Deandre Baker.
Baker is a shutdown corner who surprised some by returning to Athens for his senior season in 2018. He has improved his interception total each year that he’s been on campus, and already has one against South Carolina to start his 2018 campaign.
Baker doesn’t quite have the same size or length as Williams and Mullen, but there’s no doubt that he’s an excellent athlete and playmaker from the defensive backfield. Baker could make an excellent slot corner at the next level and would be a welcome addition to the Kansas City defense.
It’s rare that a player can make the jump straight from high school to college and play left tackle at a high level. Playing at that high level at a perennial national title contender like Clemson? Practically unheard of, and exactly what Mitch Hyatt has been able to do for the Tigers.
The Panthers’ offensive line has been a hodgepodge of mediocrity over the past several seasons, but now is the time to invest in some long-term help up front. Hyatt has consistently proved himself as a pass blocker and run blocker against the best competition since his first day on campus. While he’s not as great of an athlete or as big as some of the other prospects in this class, he may be the most ready to start from day one of his rookie year.