With five quarterbacks currently on the roster, the Kansas City Chiefs don’t appear to be in panic mode at the position. Incumbent starter, Alex Smith, back-ups Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray, Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Bray fill out the roll call. However, we all know Head Coach, Andy Reid, loves to develop quarterbacks.
We can all agree at this point Smith is going to start in Kansas City for the next couple of years. Daniel is a solid back up but will never be a long-term starter in the NFL. Add the fact Kansas City is paying Daniel $4.5 million in 2015; his long-term future is anything but insured in the heartland this season or next.
Murray, who I have already pegged as the Quarterback of the future for the Chiefs, might end up as the back up this season to Smith– should Daniel get cut or traded. The addition of Pryor in January told me he was nothing more than another training camp arm. Lastly Bray, despite a wicked arm, has proven to be nothing more than a perennial injured reserve candidate.
It’s clear to me Reid won’t move up in the first round to take Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. That doesn’t mean a few names down the list might give Reid and General Manager, John Dorsey, some pondering debate about drafting a young quarterback later in the draft.
I know Chiefs fans clamor for the organization to select that franchise quarterback atop the NFL draft but that’s probably not going to happen any time soon. Instead, Reid and company will have to find their quarterback via trade, like they did with Smith, or pluck one in rounds 2-7 any given year.
This year the Chiefs have a few significant holes to fill in the upcoming draft, most notably offensive line, inside linebacker, secondary and wide receiver – taking a quarterback doesn’t make sense.
Or does it?
As I drill down the candidates, there’s only one quarterback I’d take if I were the Chiefs after the first round and that’s Bryce Petty. The Baylor Bear standout reminds me of Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger and I shutter what Reid could do with his overall talents if he were groomed under his wing.
Petty is tough and mobile for a man that stands 6’3” tall. He has a rocket arm that always seems to hit his target with a precision that I’ve not seen coming out of college since Andrew Luck.
With that said, most NFL experts project Petty as a late second or mid third round draft pick. As you all know, the Chiefs have a pair of picks in that round. So would Kansas City pull the trigger on Petty?
My football common sense tells me it’s not going to happen. However, the Chiefs do need to start the process of building the future at the position once they deem Smith is no longer useful to the organization.
Now that might seem harsh but it’s the reality of the position. As you all know, I’m a Smith supporter and he’s as good as the Chiefs have had on the roster right at quarterback in over a decade.
To that light, I’ve already stated my thoughts on Murray. Yet I believe by adding Petty it would give the Chiefs two talented and very young quarterbacks to groom.
A year ago I thought the Chiefs were already at that level with Murray and Bray. However, for his efforts to date, Bray as mentioned, has never been able to stay healthy nor grasp the Chiefs complicated offense. Murray came off knee surgery in 2013 and didn’t do anything in Kansas City last year but watch Smith and Daniel get the majority of snaps in practice.
For me, the former Georgia Quarterback has all the tools to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback in Kansas City. He had a remarkable college career, and if not for the injury he sustained his senior year and the surgery that followed, Murray would have been a top ten draft selection in 2014.
So that brings me back to Petty.
Once in a blue moon a college quarterback comes along ready to make his NFL bones that you can’t get out of your mind. Again, I can’t put my finger on why I like this kid so much. But my gut tells me, when we review this draft class five years from now; Petty will be the one everyone talks about.
Will they be talking about him as the Chiefs quarterback?
I’m good with that.