Chiefs 2020 rookie season review: CB BoPete Keyes

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Charles Goldman
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The Kansas City Chiefs added six draft picks in the 2020 NFL draft and a number of undrafted free agents too. Several of those rookies made contributions during the course of the 2020 regular season and postseason. One drafted player virtually had a redshirt season due to the depth at his position.

Let’s take a look at BoPete Keyes’ rookie season and see what we can project for the future.

Tulane CB BoPete Keyes - Round 7, Pick 237

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Stat

2020 totals

Games played

8

Games started

1

Off. snaps

79

ST snaps

58

Tackles

8

Stops

1

2020 season review:

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Keyes' rookie season went about as you'd expect for a seventh-round draft pick. His offseason got off to a rough start as he was placed on the NFI list with an orbital fracture. Because of that, Keyes had a late start on basically all on-field work during training camp, practicing with his teammates for the first time in August. The Chiefs were shorthanded at the cornerback position early on in the season due to a Bashaud Breeland suspension and Charvarius Ward's injury, but Keyes didn't see the field often. He was basically relegated to a special teams-only role for most of the season. In Week 17, Keyes got his first career start when the Chiefs rested their starters against the Los Angeles Chargers. For most of the game, he was matched up in 1-on-1 coverage against either Tyron Johnson or Mike Williams. He did a good job against Johnson, but Williams got the best of him on a number of occasions. There were some positive snaps to take away from the performance that he can learn from and use in the future.

2021 outlook:

AP Photo/Justin Edmonds

The Chiefs traded back into the 2020 NFL draft to select Keyes, so there are likely some expectations that come with that. They could even go beyond the typical second-year player developmental jump that you usually want to see. With a starter like Bashaud Breeland expected to move on in free agency, it'll basically bump everyone else up a peg on the depth chart to start the year. That means Keyes would be in line for snaps off the bench. So far he's been limited to playing on the outside for Kansas City, but playing in the slot could be a quick way to the field. The same method helped L'Jarius Sneed to more snaps in 2020.

Chiefs 2020 rookie season reviews:

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We'll debut our rookie season reviews over the next several weeks, with the exception of Lucas Niang given the opt out. Check back here for hyperlinks when they're available.

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