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.”