2017 Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Quarterback Chad Kelly

Taking a look at some of the Buffalo Bills options for the NFL Draft, today we look at Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.

Oct 29, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our new daily series, we continue to take a look at players the Buffalo Bills may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Buffalo Bills could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential day two selection of wide receiver Chris Godwin, today, we take a look at a player that could be selected by the Bills on day three of the draft. Potentially looking for a developmental option at quarterback, the Buffalo Bills could consider the great Jim Kelly’s nephew in Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.


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The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback and Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, Chad Kelly has had a rough 12 months overall. Getting injured this past season, Kelly followed this up by getting into a fight at his younger brother’s high school football game. Tearing his ACL twice during his college career also added to Kelly’s tumultuous college career.

With that said, the Buffalo royalty was spectacular when he did get on the field though. Orchestrating major wins for the Rebels during his time at Ole Miss, Kelly was once seen as a top quarterback option. Will his talent outweigh his off the field antics and injury past, it’s too early to tell, but again, the man is the nephew of royalty in Orchard Park.


The biggest strength for Chad Kelly right now is his last name. The nephew of Jim Kelly, it wouldn’t shock me to see a team like Buffalo take a chance on him just because of his name. Possesses solid arm talent and the ability to make some amazing throws. Can alter release depending on surrounding action. Has a talent for throwing the deep ball.

Re-sets to make solid throws while also possessing solid levels of poise. Can set quickly while also getting his lower body into the motion to up the distance. Has great touch over the middle and is solid with roll-outs and play action passes. Extremely competitive and also accurate throwing over the middle of the field.


Lacks the size teams want to see from quarterbacks nowadays. Willing to take hits outside of the pocket rather than taking the safe play. Injury history with two ACL tears during his time in college. Worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun and pistol in college. Begins to struggle once defensive adjustments are made.

Under-throws deep balls when he tries to use too much touch. Struggles on back-shoulder throws and struggles with consistency as far as air under his ball goes. Ball nose dives when he’s moving and also has bouts of inaccuracy on short passes. Fails to spot wide open receivers and will try the heroic route over the safe, sure one.

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