Chiefs sign draft pick Sanders Commings to his rookie contract
Commings was selected 134th overall in the fifth-round of last month’s draft by the Chiefs. The 23-year-old Commings could end up making a huge impact on the Chiefs defense in 2013. Chiefs coach Andy Reid raved about Commings versatility as a cornerback and safety in the backfield.
"What you see with Sanders is a big, physical press corner (and) safety, he’s done both at Georgia last year and this year – he had two games this year where he played the safety spot,” said Andy Reid.
As a senior, Commings had 51 tackles and intercepted three passes for the Bulldogs in 2012. Over four seasons at Georgia, Commings compiled 154 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, eight interceptions, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, three quarterback pressures and 17 passes defense while starting 35-of-54 career games for the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-0, 215-pound Commings has a displayed great physical abilities, that includes a 4.4 run on the 40 yard dash with his dimensions which could be a great asset in the defensive backfield. Although Commings primarily lined up at cornerback while at Georgia, the Chiefs gave him a look at safety during their first two weeks of OTAs sessions. Commings could potentially compete against Kendric Lewis for the starting free safety spot next to Eric Berry. Lewis was limited in the tackling department last season due to some shoulder injuries. If Commings can impress the Kansas City Chiefs coaches this offseason, he could get a shot at the starting lineup in his rookie season, following in Lewis’ footsteps when he took a crack at the NFL lineup as a rookie in 2010.
"He fits in to what we do in both spots, he’s a 4.4 40-yard dash guy, so he has size and speed at 216 pounds in that area that can move. He can help us in a couple of different spots, both at the corner and the safety spot.”
With Commings in the fold, the Kansas City Chiefs have three draft picks from the 2013 class that remain unsigned including offensive tackle Eric Fisher (first-round), tight end Travis Kelce (third-round), and linebacker Nico Johnson (fourth-round).