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With the 237th pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Tulane cornerback BoPete Keyes.
Keyes finishes his Tulane career with 95 tackles, two interceptions and 20 passes defended. Keyes best season came in 2018, when he finished with an interception and 12 passes defended.
At 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, Keyes measured in with 32 5/8″ arms at the NFL Scouting Combine. The arms make him an intriguing piece, as the length is rare for a cornerback at the NFL level. His arm length, combined with size, makes him an intriguing developmental piece in the NFL.
Keyes will simply prove a struggle for wide receivers in the NFL. Even if he’s not a huge athlete or a blazing fast player, his ability to provide a immovable force at the line of scrimmage is valuable and something that NFL teams will likely covet as a player. On 50/50 balls, Keyes is hard to win against because of his build and length he shows.
Tall cornerback with good competitive streak who uses rare arm length to his advantage in press and catch disruption. He has adequate instincts and anticipation, but lacks functional makeup speed to cover-up for missteps in coverage. Keyes tends to play too free and easy with his footwork in space. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Keyes isn’t ready to start or play immediately. In the seventh round, he has plenty of traits to be an intriguing piece in the future. Kansas City likely selected Keyes to be a contributor in the future. He can also start on the practice squad, where he can develop as a prospect. And if Kansas City loses too many sheep…well, BoPete can step in.