annehill is considered a draft riser. The Chiefs have closely investigated him in recent weeks, and because the team doesn’t think it has many pressing holes, the time might be right to grab a quarterback. I think the Chiefs will draft a quarterback early in the draft, but Tannehill is the only attainable quarterback available who could challenge to take Matt Cassel’s job away. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks Tannehill could eventually make the Chiefs a special team Insider.
Getting Tannehill might not be easy. The Chiefs would be extremely lucky if he fell to them at No. 11. The more likely scenario would require the Chiefs moving up to get him.
There has been a lot of speculation that the quarterback-needy Dolphins will take Tannehill at No. 8. New Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Tannehill’s college coach.
Over the past two autumns, Tannehill has faced rivals Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State five times. He won two. He lost three. He threw for nine touchdowns. He also got picked off nine times.
Tannehill could be the piece that nabs you a couple of Lombardi Trophies. He could the piece that nabs you a nice, safe desk job with the NFL Network. Smart guys make mistakes, too.
“I think every year, if possible, you’d like to find a way to draft a quarterback, because it’s just good business. And it’s smart business,” said Pioli, who said Monday he’s hoping to get a fourth signal-caller into preseason camp to compete with Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi. “Now who that is, when we do it and how we do it, you never know.”
One of them this year and every year is that the Chiefs use one of their picks on a quarterback.
“Every year if possible we’d like to find a way to draft a quarterback because it’s just good business and it’s smart business,” Pioli said Monday. “Now, who that is and when we do it and how we do it, you never know.”
The first of the Chiefs’ eight picks this year will come 11th in the first round. There, the player generally regarded as the third-best quarterback in the draft, Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, could be available to them.