Move #2: Finding QB of the Future

He's never thrown an NFL pass. He's never been hit by an NFL defensive lineman. He's never thrown an interception or a touchdown as an NFL quarterback. But despite all of that, the Chiefs may have found a quarterback in Brodie Croyle that can carry on the legacy of Len Dawson and Trent Green.

He's never thrown an NFL pass. He's never been hit by an NFL defensive lineman. He's never thrown an interception or a touchdown as an NFL quarterback. But despite all of that, the Chiefs may have found a quarterback in Brodie Croyle that can carry on the legacy of Len Dawson and Trent Green. Five years from now, when NFL analysts look back at the quarterback class of 2006, there's little doubt in my mind that Croyle will be the one they'll all be talking about.

Here's a young man that endured numerous trials at Alabama while resurrecting a Crimson Tide program that desperately needed a leader. In fact, he was the very first player that former head coach Dennis Franchione recruited.

When the third round of the 2006 draft started, I had a hunch that the Chiefs were going after a quarterback. I thought they had a decent shot at getting Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine Croyle would still be available.

I imagine the Chiefs thought the same thing. They had him rated extremely high on their draft board. But the Chargers drafted Whitehurst in front of Kansas City and that opened the door for the Chiefs to grab Croyle.

Croyle didn't have overwhelming stats at Alabama. He threw for 6,382 yards and 41 touchdowns while compiling a 17-11 record as a starter. Comparing him to Joe Montana, as some have done, might seem crazy. But Montana didn't have amazing stats coming out of college. He threw only 26 touchdowns at Notre Dame.

But there's just something about the way Croyle plays the game. After the draft, I spent a few minutes with Chiefs Quarterback's Coach Terry Shea. When I asked about Croyle, he grinned at me as if he had just discovered the world's biggest secret.

When I asked former Vice President of Player Personnel Lynn Stiles about Croyle, he referenced Montana. These are two men that know a little something about quarterbacks.

You never know what you're getting in a young quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady came out of nowhere to lead their teams to the Super Bowl during the infancy of their NFL careers.

Croyle probably won't get that chance. He's going to have to wait his turn behind Green. But after some solid OTA and Mini-Camp sessions, he's clearly light years ahead of any quarterback the Chiefs have drafted in decades.

His arm strength is surprising, considering his frame and stature. He has an amazing presence in the pocket and his footwork is outstanding.

This organization has never developed a young quarterback. All Chiefs fans have to do is remember Todd Blackledge, who was drafted way ahead of Dan Marino in 1983. With Croyle, the Chiefs get a chance to redeem themselves for that blunder.

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