L'Jarius Sneed Continues To Outplay His Fourth-Round Selection

L'Jarius Sneed Continues To Outplay His Fourth-Round Selection

Sun / Jan 31, 2021
Rookie cornerback L'Jarius Sneed continues to make an impact in his first season in Kansas City. 


Former Louisiana Tech and current Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed wasn't the headling name in the Chiefs' 2020 NFL Draft class when the event concluded on April 25, 2020, but it wasn't long before he was.

There wasn't much expected of the 16th cornerback selected but as the year progressed, the 138th overall pick has shown he was the steal of the draft.

After the Chiefs won their second-straight AFC Championship, general manager Brett Veach spoke to the media about the season. He was asked about his fourth-round selection and said he quickly knew he was going to be a key cog in the defense.

“Well I guess really it was early on, in the first few starts," Veach said. "I’ll tell you what, we got fortunate. I think had they had one of these draft do-overs you can make a case with L’Jarius being selected in the first round, so I guess we were maybe lucky, more lucky than smart with that one because in retrospect he shouldn’t have been there in the fourth round."

Sneed's numbers this season have been impressive. In nine games, the rookie has been able to record 41 tackles, seven passes defended, three interceptions, three quarterback hits, two tackles for loss and two sacks. With that, Sneed's 8.9 missed tackle percentage ranks sixth-lowest on the team with a minimum of 400 snaps.