John Elway drafted Chad Kelly after plug from Jim Kelly

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John Elway and Jim Kelly were both first-round picks in the 1983 NFL Draft and they reconnected during this year’s draft, although it was much later in the process.

Elway called Kelly as part of his role as the Broncos General Manager in order to ask Kelly about his nephew Chad, who dealt with off-field issues and injuries during a college career that also featured some strong quarterback play at Ole Miss. The younger Kelly got a plug from his uncle that helped Elway decide to use the final pick of the 2017 draft on the quarterback.

“I called his uncle, and he said, ‘He’s a good kid,'” Elway said, via ESPN.com. “I said, ‘OK, that’s all I need.’ I trust Jim with that. Obviously, there’s been some history there, but we felt comfortable. Chad understands what he’s been through and is ready to take this step and realizes the step that he’s taken is different than when he was in college. We’re full of confidence that Chad’s going to be able to come up here and understand the situation he’s in.”

Elway said the vetting process went beyond talking to Uncle Jim and coach Vance Joseph said he’s confident that Kelly has learned from past “childish mistakes.”

A different review may have pushed the Broncos in a different direction, which would have left Kelly to weigh offers to sign as an undrafted free agent. That could have led to better odds of making a 53-man roster, although Joseph also said Kelly was his favorite quarterback in this year’s draft so Denver might have been the best spot under any circumstances.

22 responses to “John Elway drafted Chad Kelly after plug from Jim Kelly

  1. Chad Kelly can play. I really was hoping that my Cardinals were going to pick him up. Would not be surprised to see him start for Denver after he gets healthy and learns the system. Wish him well. Hotty Toddy…

  2. He’s a good kid? Yeah, I guess it’s not a big deal to make a terroristic threat to shoot up a night club with an AK-47. I don’t understand how he avoided some serious jail time after that incident. You our I would probably be the guest of the federal prison system for 10 to 20.

  3. If you look at the tape, Chad Kelly’s a decent QB. He reminds me a lot of Alex Smith. I think Kelly could be a good 2nd or 3rd stringer, but he’s good enough to play in a pinch. I don’t know about the off-field stuff, but Elway is a stud to come out and throw a bone to Jim Kelly. Classy.

  4. You can rack this one up to the ‘Old Boys Network’. Elway does his old buddy Jim Kelly a favor by taking his nephew with the last pick in the draft.
    That said, the scouting reports on Chad Kelly, as a pure talent (off-field issues notwithstanding) have been pretty good overall. If he can mature and keep his head on straight, he has a chance to be a solid NFL QB.

  5. From what I could tell from one set of reports, it sounded like young Mr. Kelly has combination drinking /anger issues.

    I can relate. When I was on either side of 20, I got in a few fights. It’s a passage for some fellows.

    But Denver has helped some other players with question marks (Von Miller, Bradley Roby, Shane Ray. Talib) so the risk/reward is worth it.

  6. Wish the Bill’s had grabbed him but probably better for him in Denver, there would have been way too much pressure on him with Unc Jim on the sidelines of games.

  7. cardsfann1 says:
    Apr 30, 2017 10:47 AM
    Chad Kelly can play. I really was hoping that my Cardinals were going to pick him up. Would not be surprised to see him start for Denver after he gets healthy and learns the system. Wish him well. Hotty Toddy…
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    Your Cards signed Trevor Knight after the draft. You’ll like him too. I think both guys will make it in the NFL. I actually thought they were the 3rd and 4th best QBs in the draft, after Mahomes and Trubisky.

  8. The nice thing about this pick is they can stash him on IR for the year and figure out if he can play between now and next September.

  9. Well, it’s not like he’ll have to beat out Peyton Freaking Manning to win the starting job. It’s not as uphill as you’d think for this kid. I think he’s stepping into an excellent situation.

  10. denverdave3 says:
    Apr 30, 2017 12:54 PM

    But Denver has helped some other players with question marks (Von Miller, Bradley Roby, Shane Ray. Talib) so the risk/reward is worth it.

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    Helped roby get burned constantly, miller ray and talib to cheap shot
    Yeah
    Great lessons from the king of cheats

  11. This guy is a little Ryan Leaf,A bit of Jim Drunkenmiller and a sprinkler of Pacman Jones…..L live close to the family outside of Buffalo NY.. Know All about him…And he Has Major issues.. Mentally..

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