Former Virginia Tech DB & Super Bowl champion named a potential 2024 breakout candidate

Chamarri Conner named a potential breakout candidate for 2024.
AFC Divisional Playoffs - Kansas City Chiefs v Buffalo Bills
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When he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round, 119th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, former Virginia Tech defensive back Chemarri Conner knew he had a chance to win in his first season as a pro. He was joining the defending Super Bowl champions and a team that had all the tools to repeat.

After a regular season that saw them have some ups and downs, repeating is exactly what Kansas City did. They won four postseason games, including the Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, 28-25. Now ready to go into his second season as a pro, one writer sees Conner as a breakout candidate after a very strong 2023 campaign.

Chamarri Conner listed as a breaout candidate in 2024

Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus listed one player at each position on offense and defense as a 2024 All-Breakout Team and Conner was the potential breakout safety.

"Conner was on the field for 20 or more snaps every week from Week 14 through the Super Bowl. He finished his rookie season with a 78.4 PFF coverage grade, ranking 13th at the position, and saw time both at safety and in the slot."

Gordon McGuinness

Conner really came along over the final third of the regular season and playoffs where he became more and more a difference maker. had 36 tackles as a rookie, 31 solo in all 17 regular season games, then in the playoffs, he had 16 more, 11 solo in four games. In the postseason, he played 162 snaps for the Chiefs and he has an opportunity to play some nickel corner in 2024.

Kansas City will open the 2024 season at home against the Baltimore Ravens, in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game that the Chiefs won on the road.