One of John Dorsey and Andy Reid’s first moves when they took over the dumpster fire that was the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 was to bring in a quarterback: Alex Smith. While Smith has been a definite upgrade from Matt Cassel, consensus seems to be that he won’t be leading the Chiefs to a Super Bowl any time soon.
Smith has two years remaining on his contract, and while some are making the argument that he should be signed to a long-term deal, others think the next great Chiefs quarterback is in the NFL Draft. The following are the three most likely quarterbacks that the Chiefs could select.
3) A.J. McCarron, Alabama
He’s a three-time BCS National Champion. He was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last season. He’s well versed in the pro style offense and very accurate on short and intermediate passes. McCarron is good at getting rid of the ball under pressure and holds the record for career passing yards at the University of Alabama; 3,063 over his four years. Plus, he’s engaged to Katherine Webb!
While McCarron may not have the arm of Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, he has legitimate ability in the short pass game. Andy Reid will love that. McCarron is not on the level of a Bridgewater, Bortles or Manziel but if he is available in the later rounds, he could be a steal for Kansas City.
2) Aaron Murray, Georgia
Many were expecting Murray to be one of the big names headed into the 2014 draft class when he was going into his junior year. Then he tore his ACL and missed the latter half of the 2013 season. In his four years at Georgia, Murray threw for over 3,000 yards each year.
The Chiefs have reportedly already reached out to Murray. He showed last week at his pro day that his knee has made a full recovery. He’s likely a 4th round prospect.