The Kansas City Chiefs had to wait a while Friday night before making a selection and when they did, they stayed on the defensive side of the ball. With the 87th overall pick, they chose CB Phillip Gaines from Rice.
Gaines brings blazing speed to Kansas City, as he was clocked at 4.38 in the 40 yard dash at the scouting combine. He also brings a physicality that defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will love. The defensive back told reporters Friday night that he was in press “80 percent of the time” last season.
In addition to worrying about Gaines playing against lesser competition at Rice, he also dealt with multiple injuries early in his career. To his credit he finished his college career strong by starting the final 35 games. Overall, Gaines played in 52 games during his five years at rice with 40 starts and racked up 134 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, 38 PBUs (school record), three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
With Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper the only returning starters at cornerback for the Chiefs, Gaines will have a chance to earn significant playing time in training camp. Could also get a look at safety as the team tries to find a running mate for Eric Berry.
The Chiefs next pick is the 24th in the fourth round (124 overall).