The Kansas City Chiefs have executed an about-face of epic proportions in 2023, turning from an offensive-minded juggernaut to a defensive powerhouse in record time.
While Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce still draw the most attention from the national media, it is cornerback Trent McDuffie who has been the team’s brightest star through the first six weeks of Kansas City’s schedule.
Entering Week 7, McDuffie is the NFL’s highest-graded cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus.
Trent McDuffie: highest-graded CB in the NFL this season – 84.9 🔒 pic.twitter.com/xYOhj9WDC7
— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) October 19, 2023
Without their dominant second-year cornerback, Kansas City’s defense wouldn’t be one of the league’s top units, and the Chiefs would be without a true lockdown cornerback to play the boundary.
While McDuffie certainly seems to have impressed the experts at PFF, his work in 2023 is not yet over. He will face one of his toughest tests this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers, who host a stable of talented pass catchers who are sure to put his talents to the test.