As we mentioned to you a few days ago, the Kansas City Chiefs will hold a private workout with QB Ryan Tannehill this week.
KC’s interest in Tannehill has drawn some attention from national media outlets today. Peter King mentioned in his MMQB column today that both the Chiefs and Eagles will work out Tannehill and Pro Football Talk also picked up the story.
The Chiefs would be crazy not to take a hard look at Tannehill so I am glad they are doing their due diligence here. The fact that Tannehill could still be on the board when the Chiefs pick at #11 means the team has to give him a hard look. While Tannehill’s value is probably a little inflated due to the fact that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are expected to go first and second overall, all that really matters is what the Chiefs think of Tannehill.
Kansas City is in a unique position in that they have a capable, if not unspectacular QB already on their roster in Matt Cassel. If the Chiefs’ brass really believe Tannehill has the potential to be a franchise QB in the NFL, they have to give him serious consideration. Since the Chiefs know they have Cassel as a security blanket, they could theoretically pull the trigger on Tannehill knowing that they don’t have to rush the rookie into action.
If, after doing their evaluation, the Chiefs don’t feel Tannhill has what it takes, they could put themselves into a position to trade with a team that does. The Chiefs hold the first pick outside the top ten and should Tannehill get that far, a team targeting him might be prompted to move up to #11 to leap over the Seattle Seahawks who are sitting at #12.
The draft is just 24 days away.