KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
With each passing week, the Chiefs loss totals continue to pile up. Kansas City was competitive in Pittsburgh this past Monday, and according to Romeo Crennel, that’s all you can ask for. You have to wonder what this team could be with a capable QB taking the snaps. This week, we again will focus on the QBs that are nearing the end of their senior seasons.
All the big names are out this week with Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Landry Jones, Mike Glennon, Collin Klein, Zac Dysert and Ryan Nassib. I will guarantee you that one of those passers will be a Chief after the draft, so pay attention. This week I’m headed to Syracuse vs Mizzou in Columbia. I’m a bigger fan of Orange QB Nassib than most, so I am looking forward to watching him closely.
We’ll discuss other positons too, so head inside and enjoy.
Florida State @ Maryland (ESPNU)
FSU QB EJ Manuel fits the mold. He has a tremendous arm, athletic and mobile. The past 2 years he is completing nearly 67% of his passes and has a 3:1 TD to interception ratio. If you go strictly off stats, he’s a first round pick. I like what EJ brings to the table. I just don’t know if he’s one of those plug and play guys. Ideally, the Chiefs completely rehaul their QBs,draft 2 and sign a vet stopgap to a 2 year deal. If the Chiefs decide to pass on a QB early in the draft, EJ Manuel would be a great pick in round 2.
Other prospects to pay attention to in this game are DEs Bjoern Werner, Tank Carradine and CB Xavier Rhodes. These 3 Seminole defenders are potential 1st round picks, picks that the Chiefs could select then decide to snag Manuel in round 2.
Arkansas @ Mississippi State (ESPN3)
Tyler Wilson is the favorite of many Chiefs fans and it’s easy to see why. He competes at a high level, playing thru injury and a terrible offensive line the past 2 years. He is a strong leader, vocal and by example. His numbers speak for themselves, completing 62% of his passes over his career and 2.5:1 TD to INT ratio. The style of offense is another plus heading to the next level. He has the arm and intangibles to be the first QB the Chiefs ave slected in round one since 1983.
He’ll be trying to complete passes on one of my favorite defenders in this draft, Bulldogs CB Johnthan Banks. He’s long and has tremendous cover skills. Leave him on an island and he’ll win the majority of matchups. When he gets a turnover, he’s dangerous with the ball in his hands. Watch him lineup across from Arkansas WR Cobi Hamiliton, it’ll be entertaining.
USC @ UCLA (FOX)
Matt Barkely (who I have never been high on) has been slowly dropping on most draft boards. His arm is a big question mark, completing most of his throws under 10 yards and letting his dangerous WRs do the rest. The Chiefs have some big bodied WR that should eat up yards on slants, so maybe it’s a match. I look at Matt similarly to EJ in draft position, if he’s there early round 2 take a shot.
NC State @ Clemson (ABC/ESPN2)
Mike Glennon, depending on who you ask, is all over the place in rankings. He’s a tall QB that slings the ball with ease, but his accuracy is a huge question mark. Watch him closely in this game, from his footwork to his release point, as each has been questioned. Think Joe Flacco when you watch Glennon, based on size and arm strength.
Oklahoma @ West Virginia (FOX)
The battle of the dreaded spread QBs. Landry Jones has all the statistical figures you could want in a QB, but he leaves something to be desired on the field. He disappears in the bigger games. If Landry was drafted to sit and watch for a couple years, I’d be ok with it. I look at him similarly to Sam Bradford.
Geno Smith on the other hand is my favorite prospect at the QB position. West Virginia has struggled the pst few weeks. Geno has as well, but when you’re trailing the entire game and the defense knows you’re throwing, it puts you at a disadvantage. Over his career his TD:INT ratio is 5 to 1. That’s insane no matter who your competion is. He’s accurate, doesn’t turn theball over and can tuck and run if needed. My dream for next year s pairing Geno Smith at QB and Chip Kelly as Chiefs HC. I doubt we would hear many boos at Arrowhead.
Syracuse @ Mizzou (ESPNU)
Ryan Nassib is the Orange QB. He is smart, has the arm strength to make NFL throws and is mobile. He hasn’t been blessed with much talent around him in his career, but has turned into one of Syracuse’s all time leaders in many categories. Mizzou has a tough defense that will put pressure on him, so watch how he reacts to feeling the heat.
Kansas State @ Baylor (ESPN)
Collin Klein is one of my favorite football players in CFB. Notice I didn’t say QB? I don’t have him in my top QBs, mainly because his throwing motion is so hideous and his ball is often times a duck or lofted. I would take him on my team in a heartbeat. He seems like the kind of prospect that would play wherever you ask him to. Line him up at TE, Hback, QB and even WR. Get the ball in his hands and let him do what he does.
Arizona @ Utah (ESPNU)
This game doesn’t feature a QB prospect. One of the nations top defensive lineman, Utah’s Star Lotulelei, will be on display though. He’s a massive prospect that can line up at the nose or slide out to the 5 technique in the Chiefs defense. He controls games from the middle with his strength. If you haven’t seen Star play yet, watch him for a few snaps tonight. He will impress you and make you consider that 2nd round QB with Star being the Chiefs first round pick.