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Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt: There's Not A Clearcut QB At #1

The Kansas City Chiefs have the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft but despite their needs at the QB position, a QB might not be the pick.

Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt was on 610 Sports Radio this morning and when he was asked about the QB position and the draft, Hunt mentioned that there may not be a clear choice.

There’s not a clearcut QB, I think that you take at that position this year, necessarily.

Now before you all start to panic, I think Hunt is correct. For instance, last season, Andrew Luck was the clear choice and if he wasn’t it was only because Robert Griffin III was so good that the pick could have maybe gone to him.

As of right now, there is no slam dunk pick at the QB position. Most seem to agree that West Virginia’s Geno Smith is one of the best prospects but he doesn’t seem to be as sure as a pick as Andrew Luck.

At least not yet.

Keep in mind we are early in the process. The Chiefs will spend a lot of time evaluating Smith and every other QB in this draft. As we’ve learned in the past, draft boards look a heck of a lot different in January than they do in April.

Smith and the other QBs still have the combine and their private workouts ahead of them. My guess is someone will rise to the top and whoever that someone is will be given serious consideration by the Chiefs at #1.

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  • Ehud

    The difference, however, between this year and last is that last year there was no clearcut #1 pick QB because there was more than 1 worth the pick. This year, there is no clearcut #1 pick QB because the QB options do not seem to be worth that pick. In the end, barring a trade, I don’t think we’ll know what the Chiefs will do with that #1 pick until the day of the draft.

    • Patrick Allen

      It has been a long time since the team with the #1 overall pick took any position other than QB.

      2008 the Dolphins took Jake Long. Is he a good player? Yep. Are the Dolphins any closer to winning a SB than they were when they took him? Nope.

      In 2006, the Texans took Mario Williams. Fat lot of good that did them. He he doesn’t even play for them any more.

      Sure, some of the QBs taken were busts too but many of them weren’t.

      The whole thing is pretty simple:

      Since the 1983 draft, only 8 #1 overall picks have won the Super Bowl.

      5 of the 8 were QBs:

      Elway, Aikman, Bledsoe, P. Manning, E. Manning.

      The other 3 were Russel Maryland (won the SB because he played with Aikman), Orlando Pace (won the SB because he played with Kurt Warner) and Keyshawn Johnson (ok, he didn’t have a QB but he had a hell of a defense with the Bucs).

      Bledsoe won his SB because he ended up on the same team as Tom Brady.

      Now, if everyone thinks the Chiefs can somehow find a way to draft a Tom Brady late or that they can develop one of the most outstanding defenses the NFL has ever seen, the pick here has to be the best QB available. Because you need a QB to give yourself the best chance to win a Super Bowl, even if you’re Orlando Pace.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        56% of all Super Bowls have been won by quarterbacks drafted in Round 1. 33% of all Super Bowls have been won by quarterbacks drafted 1st overall. #caseclosed #genoordie

  • Priest4Prez

    Alright, here’s my thing about this all of a sudden “no QB this year is worth a damn” comments everywhere. If Andrew Luck and RGIII weren’t drafted last year and done so well (Russel Wilson too) then we wouldn’t be comparing this QB’s coming out this year on such a higher tier. It’s like we were spoiled so much last year that we can’t except that we can’t have an “All Pro” QB with first overall pick this year. If this draft happened any other year; I doubt it would be scrutinized so much. Ah well, I’m not saying; just sayin you know?

    • ArrowFan

      Every class will be judged against 2012 therefore we will not have a worthy one for 20 years.

      • Priest4Prez

        Just like the class of 84′ before it right? Yeah, I figured as much. Well, with Big Red running the QB show; Geno Smith could be our best option. Considering the free agent squad out there: Flynn, nah. Smith, no thank you, took him 8 years and 10 OC to feel confident. Vick, please no. Sanchez…Tebow…the list goes on and on. Say, hypothetically that Flacco does not do so well against the Donks tomorrow as he is on contract year and the Ravens were willing to part ways. Would you bounce around that idea for a QB?

        • Nick Shaffer

          Flacco is a great option for a quarterback in free agency, but from a personal standpoint I don’t think he would look KC’s way in 100 years. We have the players and we are definitely not a 2-14 team. But I think that is just the kind of qb Flacco is.

        • Patrick Allen

          I would put the Ravens letting go of Flacco at 0%. Remember, they can franchise him. It will never happen.

    • Justin R Groth

      You know what’s sad is their stats are comparable

      • Darkwolf1414

        Geno Smith’s stats are BETTER. That’s what’s really sad.

  • ArrowFan

    The #1 pick doesn’t cost us any picks in trade and the rookie wage scale has already set who ever it is’s pay. Therefore just pick who ever will serve us the best it is not gambling it is just picking. We will not be mortgaging any aspect of our future.

    • Justin R Groth

      Very true you pay geno the same if picked 1st 21st or31st

  • Justin R Groth

    I hope this is a weak attempt to smoke sceen since the raiders have pick 3

  • Stacy D. Smith

    It’s also January 11th. Plenty of time for Geno to change Clark’s mind.

  • VenTorPraisE

    That worries me Clark says there is no clear cut 1.I don’t know what more a QB has to do to prove he is above the college game. Geno Smith IS a #1 pick , and IS the best QB in this draft. PERIOD. If the Chiefs botch this, i am done. My grandmother could get this pick right.

    • Larry Devore

      see pinstripe bowl. adios

      • Justin R Groth

        Your right 67% completion rate 201 yrds 2tds 0 int despite horrid d and a line made up of b-rich clones, not to mention a couple dropped passes less than stellar weather, and a bogus intentional grounding call. That kid had the worse game EVER, Do not draft him. sorry but really he did good his team npt ao much. syracuse had a good game plan, the same one we used to be rodgers last year. Keep opponents qb off field with a good running game.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I wish people would stop pretending that he played poorly in that game. He was efficient. In a game with poor weather conditions. No one ever wants to talk about the 360+ rushing yards WVU gave up that day. Guess Geno plays defense too?

          • Justin R Groth

            I know…*sigh*… When it happens in the nfl its a good game plan. If its done in ncaa the Qb did poorly. If his draft stock is hurt at all then his team let him down bad.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He’ll be fine when the Combine and/or WVU’s Pro Day comes around. It’s still way early in the process.

          • Justin R Groth

            You forgot th top difference of 12 mins

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Just figured that part went without saying. Anytime a team runs for over 300 yards, they definitely won the time of possession battle by a fairly wide margin.

      • Scuba Steve

        Actually watch said game, Geno Smith didn’t play poorly at all, he threw his receivers open many times in that game, and that is something I haven’t seen a Chiefs QB do in a really long time. People act like he had a horrible game that day, but he had an above-average game for a normal QB. 19-28 for 201 and 2 TDS, 0 INTs. He did this in horrible conditions, and on a day where his defense was getting shredded to the tune of 350+ yards rushing.

    • Darkwolf1414

      Normally, I would say that Hunt is trying to bluff the pick for the draft. However, it doesn’t make much sense when you own the #1 pick. I suppose you always look for a trade partner but I would take Geno in half a heart beat and wouldn’t bluff about it. Unless he falls off the face of the planet at the combine; he’s got a high football IQ, the kid works HARD and his stats are very good. People say that he lost against good defenses this past year. Look at his stats in those games. HE did well. Just because his defense couldn’t keep the other team from scoring on every possession doesn’t mean he is a bad QB.

      Look at this:

      Andrew Luck – Senior Season – 2011
      Comp – 288 Att- 404 Pct- 71.3 Yds- 3517 TDs- 37 INTs- 10

      RGIII – Junior Season – 2011
      Comp- 291 Att- 402 Pct- 72.4 Yds- 4293 TDs- 37 INTs- 6

      Geno Smith – Senior Season – 2012
      Comp- 369 Att- 518 Pct- 71.2 Yds- 4205 TDs- 42 INTs- 6

      Now, how can anyone sit there with a straight face and tell me that Geno Smith is not as good of a QB as Luck or RGIII?

  • mg2098

    Dont really see how Geno Smith is not worth the #1 spot. He is a pure pocket passer, great deep ball placement with good pocket awareness. Has very good college stats and doesn’t turn the ball over. He’s a true student of the game as well. If Ryan Tannehill is worth a #7 Jake Locker is worth a #8, and Christain Ponder a #12 surely Geno Smith is worth a top overall pick. I would take him over all said players then and now. The Chiefs have to take him #1 because he doesn’t get past the Jags or the Raiders. I promise you Geno doesn’t make it out of top 10 in this years draft. And for the Chiefs there is no trading back. I hope he tears it up at the combine, and the Chiefs have no choice but to select him.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      If they don’t pick Geno and he turns out driving a team deep into the playoffs and are QB isn’t just as good, fans are gonna be hating Reid and Hunt. If they are smart, they should look at his stats through the games. See how he does in the combine, which I think he’ll rip it apart, and realize that they have a QB that they might be able to build the franchise around. If not him, he’s much better then who you have now. Pick him up, sign him for a few yrs until a new player like RGIII comes around.

      But, in my eyes, I don’t see them getting a QB. Probably a DE or CB. :( I just hope I’m wrong

      • Patrick Allen

        I think once the scouts evaluate Smith, look at his skills and interview him, they will appreciate his value. Smith has the tools to be a very good QB. From what I hear, he has the work ethic and the smarts. To me, that is worth the #1 pick because of the value of the QB position.

        • TAZMOSIS

          Agree 100%. No way Smith makes it past probably the Jags, and the Raiders for sure. The only way the Chiefs pass on Smith is to get some major trade pieces in the first round. The Chiefs cannot afford to miss the target on their first pick.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Geno is FORE SURE a #1 pick! If they don’t see that, then they are blind! They need to open up the window and see what this man is worth and how easy it would be to train him, how easy it would be to get him “digging into” the play books….IMO anyway. They have always talked about his high IQ for the game.

    They say on here that Reid is good with QBs. Let’s see it.

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    guys relax! tom brady wasnt expected to be anything

  • Gene Yuknis

    nice to see the people at the top are now thinking clearly and objectively

  • superman_25_58

    Cam Newton wasn’t projected very good either I think at like 20 before the combine and He went #1 right?

  • Lyle Graversen

    I obviously don’t agree with Clark’s assessment, being in the Geno Smith camp.

    I’m working on a video to back up the “pro-Geno” believers. It should be ready to go for my regular Monday post (shameless self plug).

  • sidibeke

    If Smith is “gifted” (read that in another article here), he’ll rock the wonderlic. That alone, given his tools, will be enough to shoot Geno up boards. He’ll hit the 26–27–60 (26 wonderlic, 27 college starts and 60% completion rate) rule. Ah, the offseason. Hope springs eternal!