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Chiefs GM not sure there’s a first-round QB this year


The Chiefs have the first pick in the draft, and they have to pick somebody.

But the problem with the class of players at their biggest need position isn’t just that there’s not one worth the first overall pick, it’s that there might not be one worth their second pick, 34th overall.

There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He’s a first-round pick,’ ” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group. There was not one guy that stood up and said, ‘I’m the guy in the position this year.’ There really wasn’t one clear-cut guy.

“There are too many technical flaws, scheme flaws. There are so many different variables that there are a lot of people all over the place on naming the top four or five guys and who those guys would be.”

Dorsey said he expected at least two quarterbacks to be drafted in the first round because of need.

That’s another way to say scarcity causes teams to vastly overestimate quarterback talent, which leads to the Blaine Gabberts and Jimmy Clausens of the world.

That’s a problem for the Chiefs, who might have the worst quarterback depth chart in the league (and it might not be close). As a result they might have to make do with a stop-gap free agent, or roll the dice on a later pick, and trust coach Andy Reid to polish them up.

That’s why Dorsey and Reid plan to attend most of the workouts of the top quarterbacks this year.

“I think Andy is a really good evaluator of quarterbacks,” Dorsey said. “I want him and I to go to as many quarterback workouts as possible and actually set our own up.”

And after he looks at all of them, he might decide the best answer is “none of the above.”

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34 Responses to “Chiefs GM not sure there’s a first-round QB this year”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Feb 17, 2013 4:12 PM

    So i assume they dont wanna trade the first pick after saying that!!!

  2. bartlettruss says: Feb 17, 2013 4:16 PM

    I think Reid could develop Geno Smith more easily than he’ll ever develop Cassel. That said, someone like Alex Smith would be the best idea for what is basically already a pretty decent squad.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 17, 2013 4:17 PM

    I believe that E.J. Manuel will work his way to the top of this class.

  4. holahey123 says: Feb 17, 2013 4:19 PM

    Chiefs would be smart to draft Joeckel or trade down for more picks.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Feb 17, 2013 4:20 PM

    Jeff George

  6. yelix says: Feb 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    Geno Smith could be a really good NFL QB, especially with Andy Reid’s coaching. He just may not be worth the 1st overall pick. The Chiefs are in a really strange situation.

  7. scothawk says: Feb 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    This is a great way to raise the value of your own first rounder.

    And it also tells other teams you aren’t going to pay big dollar in a QB trade.

    Some good tactics right here.

    Umm, wait…..

  8. unkrautsalat says: Feb 17, 2013 4:35 PM

    Jimmy Clausen was projected to be a top 10 pick and fell to the second round. How is he a good example for this? It’s more of an example of “All we so-called experts know damn little about this stuff”.

  9. 2ndaryinsanity says: Feb 17, 2013 4:37 PM

    Worst QB depth chart in the league? Cardinals fans might disagree with that statement. What is the chiefs’ cap situation like? It makes more sense to go after Alex Smith than waste a 1st round draft pick reaching for a QB.

  10. nfloracle says: Feb 17, 2013 4:45 PM

    “I think Andy is a really good evaluator of quarterbacks,” Dorsey said.

    Yep, he sure did a great job with Vick, didn’t he?

  11. reasonableeaglefan says: Feb 17, 2013 4:47 PM

    Is Andy a great QB evaluator? Besides picking McNabb out of that draft class. His track record is pretty avg at best. He’s good at getting other teams to overvalue the QBs on his roster. If he was so good I wouldn’t be stuck watching Mike Vick (when he’s healthy)

  12. eatitfanboy says: Feb 17, 2013 4:48 PM

    He’s absolutely right.

    There is no QB in this draft worthy of a first round grade.

    Even with the rookie wage scale, where you don’t have to commit a ton of cash to the #1 pick, you simply can’t justify drafting any of these QBs there.

  13. britishraven says: Feb 17, 2013 4:49 PM

    Does this mean they will take a QB with their first round pick, then trade their 2nd round pick to get back into the first round to take another one?

  14. jetnotjets says: Feb 17, 2013 4:56 PM

    Translation: “I hope Matt Barkley is still there when the 1st pick of Round 2 rolls around. Maybe I can convince every other team to skip drafting a QB in the first round if I say this.”

  15. zengreaser says: Feb 17, 2013 5:00 PM

    1) Blaine Gabbert was not a product of scarcity. There were several 1st & 2nd round QBs available.
    2) Andy Reid, while greatly flawed in some areas, is one of the few who can take below average QBs & help them become productive. Anyone remember AJ Feeley?

  16. axltcu says: Feb 17, 2013 5:06 PM

    At one point in time some scouts thought Matt Barkley was the best QB for last year’s draft, even ahead of Luck and RGIII. Of course he stayed for another year at USC, but imagine if he left early. He could have been a massive bust, if this year at USC is any indication. But what if last year at USC was an anomaly and he really is that talented? He could be a steal this year.

    That’s why the draft is so crazy. You never know until they suit up for their first NFL game.

  17. bucsfan5000 says: Feb 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    Romeo’s not exactly sure either.

  18. tatum064 says: Feb 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    its more like the one good QB Aaron Murray didnt declare for the draft

    Geno Smith – system QB
    Matt Barkley – very efficient strong football IQ, winner, but not at the first round, had too many prospects around him and didn’t deliver enough big wins.

    Tyler Wilson – cannon arm, toughness , leadership (made it through two concussions, would be a lock for a 2nd round pick, with Alex Smith as a bridge/starter)

    Tyler Bray – talented, big, but too raw and may have made mistake coming out – developmental type that COULD surprise, but he had superior wr’s at Tennessee

  19. blackngold4life says: Feb 17, 2013 5:44 PM

    I don’t see any..1st round QBs need to be ready to start in 3 years atleast

  20. gosuhgo says: Feb 17, 2013 6:07 PM

    It’s like they’re trying to fake themselves out. They’ve got the first pick. Are they hoping that a QB falls to them at the first overall pick or something? What possible benefit is there to saying this?

  21. mullman76 says: Feb 17, 2013 6:27 PM

    Either trade the pick or draft that tackle out of A&M.

    It’s an easy decision.

    Perhaps a coin flip is in order…

  22. jssgriffi says: Feb 17, 2013 6:28 PM

    He’s a genius!

  23. 52lightsxout52 says: Feb 17, 2013 6:53 PM

    Being a Packer fan and knowing the way John Dorsey operates from his days with Ted Thompson, I find all this talk of KC taking Geno Smith, or any of these quarterbacks with the first overall pick laughable. None of these QB’s are top 10 worthy and may not even grade out as first rounders. My best guess is that Dorsey/Reid will:

    a. Trade down to acquire draft picks and restock the roster, or:

    b. Take the best available player, in which case I believe they will take the lineman Luke Jeokel.

  24. riverhorsey says: Feb 17, 2013 7:33 PM

    Joeckel looks like the No. 1 pick now. Eagles better get some skin in the game if they want him.

  25. FinFan68 says: Feb 17, 2013 7:45 PM

    Nothing that come from the mouths of team officials can be taken seriously right now. It’s posturing season.

  26. EJ says: Feb 17, 2013 8:09 PM

    This is a ploy to keep some of these QB’s around when the Chiefs pick in the second round. They don’t want to reach for someone like Barkley or Manuel, so they are hoping to snag one of them in the second or third.

  27. ashevillechief says: Feb 17, 2013 8:11 PM

    QB is most important position in the draft. Instead of being timid, it’s worth taking the risk, especially with the rookie wage scale. Designed to allow QBs to develop.

  28. bucforever says: Feb 17, 2013 8:29 PM

    Ok, here’s one off the cuff. The Buc fans and the Tampa bay media have been putting most of the blame for last season on Josh Freeman. So why not a deal to send him back to Kansas [ he went to Kanasa State]? Then the Bucs can use some of that extra cap on Alex Smith maybe.

  29. tvguy22 says: Feb 17, 2013 9:05 PM

    Pssst, hey Buc fan, the Chiefs play in Missouri.

  30. JSpicoli says: Feb 17, 2013 9:21 PM

    This is the tea that this site and a few other “experts” picked to win the west last year

  31. razzlejag says: Feb 17, 2013 9:36 PM

    The Jaguars have the first pick in the second round, the Chiefs have the next pick; the Jags will take a CB there anyway- Rhodes, Alford, Banks or Trufant.

    Psst, hey tvguy22, KC, MO is on the Kansas line, you can’t get any closer.

  32. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 17, 2013 9:41 PM

    Since there are no (allegedly) “be all, end all” quarterbacks this year to rave about, does that mean the draft will be canceled?
    We are living in an era in which just about any quarterback not named Tim Tebow can show up and post big numbers his first season.
    If your favorite team has a veteran quarterback who isn’t throwing at least 30 TD passes a season, your favorite team is need of an upgrade at the position.
    Because of rule changes, quarterbacks are now a dime a dozen.

  33. bigblu73 says: Feb 17, 2013 10:48 PM

    All I have to say is, if Gabbert, Locker, Ponder, and Weeden were 1st round caliber prospects Geno Smith is a shoe in 1st rounder!!!! The first 6 weeks of the past season he was considered a landslide favorite for the Heisman and was considered the 2nd coming!!!! Showing ridiculous accuracy and completion ratio. That kid can flat out play, I think he fell victim to the pressure of having to over compensate for that sieve called the WVU defense. Anywho, the Chiefs will be pleasantly surprised if they take him and if he happens to fall they will live to regret it.

  34. jdubkc says: Feb 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    “I Believe” that Geno Smith’s appeal will grow more as time draws near and he will be on the Chiefs short list. This will be interesting. I don’t think the Chiefs will be able to resist.

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