KCCD Editor: Elliot Dennis
In these group of articles, I’ll be looking at different positions and players that would fit every pick the Chiefs have. In this article I’ll be looking at different quarterbacks the Chiefs could target.
Round 1 (1) – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
There’s no other player that could really be considered here. Geno Smith is the top QB in this class and will likely go in the top-10. If the Chiefs did not pull off the trade for Alex Smith, Geno would have likely been the selection.
He didn’t compete at the Senior Bowl, but he impressed scouts at the combine. He ran the fastest 40 among quarterbacks, threw the ball well, and reportedly aced his interviews. He also had a great showing at his pro day.
Smith was awesome this season. He completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,205 yards, 42 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. He started the year with monstrous performances but was cooled down against Texas Tech and Kansas State. He was just okay in the bowl game against Syracuse.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder has prototypical NFL size for quarterbacks. His skill-set is what you look for in a franchise QB. He makes good reads and shows great vision. He displays great accuracy, but his arm isn’t “elite” however, it is very good (but neither was Aaron Rodgers). Smith can also make plays with his feet. A big concern was the fact that he played in a “gimmick” offense at WVU, but he played in a pro-style attack his sophomore year and played very well.
Round 3 (63) – Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
I have little doubt that Bray will go in rounds 2 or 3. There’s just too much talent there not to be. Again, I don’t think the Chiefs would legitimately consider Bray at this spot because they wouldn’t spend back-to-back selections on one (they traded their 2nd round pick for Alex Smith).
Bray has great size for an NFL quarterback at 6’6″, 215 lbs. He has a cannon for an arm and has displayed superior deep ball accuracy. His biggest question, however, is his consistency. Bray will continually wow you with some throws, then he’ll just make a completely bone-headed decision. A lot of his inconsistency is placed on the fact that he is just making the wrong reads or issues that can be fixed with good coaching.
Bray has several fundamental issues that can be fixed by better coaching in the NFL. He’s not careful in the pocket; he continually holds the ball down by his hip, where it should be held up high every throw. His footwork can be sloppy, but it’s not a huge issue. He drops his elbow when making throws, usually to his right, which causes a longer delivery and a late throw. Again, these are issues that can be solved with good NFL coaching.
A lot of people say that Bray played with two great receivers and a good tight end. Yes he did, but as a group they were really inconsistent. Justin Hunterand Cordarrelle Patterson are physical freaks but have issues catching the football. Bray had to deal with drops all season from his inconsistent receiving corps.
Bray is a guy that can sling it all over the field and make any throw necessary. He had to go through the turmoil of the Tennessee program the last three seasons but handled it well. He’d make some bad reads, but he’d keep leading the offense down the field often. Tennessee lost a lot of shootouts this year, so all the blame can’t be placed on Bray.
Aside from issues that can be fixed with good coaching, the only concern I have with Bray are his intangibles. He doesn’t appear to be a great leader, which is something you want out of a franchise quarterback. He’s had some off-the-field maturity concerns, but if the Chiefs or some other team can overlook those, they might be getting a steal at quarterback.
Round 3 (96) – Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Round 4 (99) – None
There aren’t any quarterbacks that I project left that provide any good value here.
Round 5 (134) – Zac Dysert, QB, Miami OH
Zac Dysert is a big time sleeper at quarterback in this draft. He played with a bunch of no-name receivers at Miami OH and was constantly under pressure and yet he still performed at a high level.
He didn’t have a great Senior Bowl or combine so his stock has dropped quite a bit. He once projected as a 2nd-3rd round pick and now his stock has fallen to the 4-6 round range. I’d have no issues with the Chiefs selecting a quarterback atop round 5, especially one with upside like Dysert.
Round 6 (170) – Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
I strongly believe Landry Jones will be available atop round 6. He’s way too inconsistent and doesn’t play well under pressure. He had a bad Senior Bowl week and it really exposed his flaws.
However, he’s got a big arm so that creates some upside. There’s no question he’ll be drafted in rounds 5-7 at some point. He’s another guy that could be used as a 3rd string developmental guy.
Round 6 (204) – Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Sean Renfree might be the biggest sleeper QB in this draft. Renfree provides reasonable value at the end of round 6 and might not even be available at this point.
He’s prototypical size for an NFL quarterback at 6’3″, 219 lbs. and he’s got a big arm. He’s also the most accurate passer in Duke football history completing over 61 percent of his passes all 3 years as a starter.
Round 7 (207) - Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt
Most know Rodgers as the brother of the Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, but he’s also a guy that displays some nice upside. He’s got great mobility, much like his brother, but just has an okay arm.
He greatly improved from 2011 to 2012. In 2012 he threw 15 touchdowns but only five interceptions. He was a big part of helping turn the Commodore program around.