2017 NFL Draft Preview: The Case for a Quarterback

Breaking down the Chiefs’ quarterbacks and looking at a handful of prospects

The Kansas City Chiefs have generally gone to training camp with four quarterbacks on their roster.

Right now, they have three.

Kansas City Chiefs - Current Quarterbacks

NAME

AGE

EXP

COLLEGE

Smith, Alex

32

12

Utah

Bray, Tyler

25

4

Tennessee

Stave, Joel

24

R

Wisconsin

So, outside of signing a veteran free agent sometime in the next four weeks, the Chiefs might be adding that fourth quarterback at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Chiefs are heading into the draft with a total of 10 picks, which barring any trades would be the most picks they've made in a single draft since 2008 (12).

General manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have explicitly stated this offseason that Alex Smith, who has led the team to a 42-23 record since coming over in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers four years ago, is the starting quarterback next season.

Smith is as cerebral as they come and has helped lead the Chiefs to the second-most wins (43) during any four-year stretch in franchise history (44, 1994-97), including the franchise's first playoff win (30-0 vs. Houston, 2015) since the 1993 season.

It'd be a good situation for another young player to come in and develop.

In his four years with the Chiefs, Dorsey has selected two quarterbacks, both of whom were taken in the fifth round in their respective years.

The first was Aaron Murray (No. 162 overall) in 2014 out of Georgia, and then there was Kevin Hogan (No. 163 overall) last year out of Stanford.

Before joining the Chiefs, Dorsey, who spent almost three decades with the Green Bay Packers as a player and then in the personnel department, learned the job from one of the best to ever do it in Packers' Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf.

Wolf had the philosophy of drafting a quarterback every year.

Even after trading a first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons following the 1991 season for quarterback Brett Favre—one of a handful of moves that would help define Wolf's career—the Packers selected a quarterback in six of the next seven drafts.   

Wolf thought it was important to always bring in new talent at the most important position on the field.

"As long as you have the good coaches willing to take the time to develop, that model can work," Dorsey once told MMQB's Emily Kaplan of the philosophy of selecting a quarterback every year.

In fact, the Packers drafted 12 quarterbacks during Dorsey's time in Green Bay.

It's worth noting that only two—Aaron Rodgers (No. 24 overall, 2005) and Brian Brohm (No. 56 overall, 2010)—were selected in the first two rounds.

In fact, the other ten quarterbacks the Packers selected were taken in the fifth round or later.

Heading into this year's draft, there are experts out there who have pegged the Chiefs as a possible fit for a quarterback with the No. 27 overall pick.

It's one of the several positions that consistently mocked to the Chiefs, with the others being inside linebacker, cornerback and running back.

Who do the experts believe are the top quarterbacks in this draft?

Experts Rank Top 5 QBs in 2017 NFL Draft

Rank

1

Deshone Kizer Notre Dame

Deshaun Watson Clemson

Mitch Trubisky North Carolina

Deshaun Watson Clemson

Mitch Trubisky North Carolina

2

Deshaun Watson Clemson

Deshone Kizer Notre Dame

Deshone Kizer Notre Dame

Mitch Trubisky North Carolina

Deshaun Watson Clemson

3

Mitch Trubisky North Carolina

Mitch Trubisky North Carolina

Deshaun Watson Clemson

Deshone Kizer Notre Dame

Deshone Kizer Notre Dame

4

Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech

5

Davis Webb California

Davis Webb California

Davis Webb California

Nathan Peterman Pittsburgh

Nathan Peterman Pittsburgh

Three More Intriguing Prospects to Know

Most draft analysts have Watson, Kizer, Trubisky and Mahomes among their top four quarterbacks in this class, often in varying orders, but there's not a shortage of discussion surrounding these players.

So, here's a look at some other guys who will probably be selected during draft weekend that might not be as well-known right now (includes excerpts from their NFL.com scouting report).

Pittsburgh'sNathan Peterman(6'2", 226 pounds)

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future."

Miami'sBrad Kaaya(6'4", 214 pounds)

"Groomed to be a quarterback from an early age, Kaaya flashes the mechanics and intelligence of a player who has spent hours in quarterback camps. However, he can be too mechanical and thinks too much rather than just flowing and responding to what the field offers him. Kaaya could have used another year of college, but he has the tools and intangibles to become an NFL starter. While he can work around his average arm strength, he must improve his accuracy and anticipation if he is to make a mark in the NFL."

Tennessee'sJosh Dobbs(6'3", 216 pounds)

"One of the most intelligent (aerospace engineering major) and likeable players in college football, Dobbs did perform well at times in his senior year, racking up 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns through the air and 831 yards with 12 scores on the ground. His 12 interceptions set a career high, however….able to get through progressions to the check down option. Throws a tight spiral with adequate drive velocity. Eye-catching deep pass accuracy (47.7 completion percentage) with 14 touchdowns on throws 21-plus yards. Has explosive ability as a runner."

Why taking a quarterback makes sense for the Chiefs:

It's the most important position on a football field and requires constant replenishing of the talent pool. 

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