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Keep Calm And Draft "A" Quarterback


Morning, Addicts!

Stop me if you’ve heard this:

Before I begin, allow me to clarify my position: I’m convinced that Geno Smith should be the player the Kansas City Chiefs take with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. I believe he can help turn this organization around and bring championship-caliber football back to this town. If John Dorsey selects any other player with the #1 pick I’ll be supremely disappointed.

That was the preface to last week’s article about WVU’s quarterback Geno Smith. I’m still firmly entrenched on that bandwagon, but I’m now willing to be open-minded about what happens on the opening night of the 2013 NFL Draft. For months I’ve been swooning over Geno and trying to convince everyone who would listen that he’s the right guy for this organization. In my humble opinion, there are no other options for this football team.

In reality, the NFL Draft is never that cut and dry. John Dorsey has a very impressive draft record. Andy Reid has proven that he can get the absolute best out of his starting quarterbacks. While neither of them are infallible, they’ve both forgotten more about the draft than I’ll ever know. The debate about who the right quarterback is will rage on for another nine weeks, but none of us can forget about the people ultimately making the decision on that Thursday night. John Dorsey’s the captain of this ship and it’s his opinion that counts. I’m prepared to trust his evaluation of the 2013 quarterback class.

By now, most of Chiefs Kingdom is in full panic mode after Dorsey’s well publicized comments last week:

There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He’s a first-round pick. There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group. There was not one guy that stood up and said, ‘I’m the guy in the position this year.’ There really wasn’t one clear-cut guy. There are too many technical flaws, scheme flaws. There are so many different variables that there are a lot of people all over the place on naming the top four or five guys and who those guys would be.

That’s a curious thing for Dorsey to say given all we’ve heard from the draft pundits over the past 3 months. We’ve heard time and time again that as many as three quarterbacks could be taken in the opening round. Keep in mind that it’s mid-February and we’re still 4 days away from the NFL Combine. Dorsey and the Chiefs will have a chance to see these quarterbacks up close later this week. He’ll also have the opportunity to interview and get to know these players. There’s no way to undersell the importance of that aspect of the draft process.

I’ve said all offseason that I won’t cry in my beer if the Chiefs wind up with extra picks and Tyler Wilson at quarterback. I believe that as many as three quarterback prospects from this class are capable of having successful NFL careers. I want John Dorsey to get his guy. I’m hoping that he thinks it’s Geno Smith, but I’m not going to run him out of town on a rail if he doesn’t. His tenure here in Kansas City depends on him making the right decision. Picking the wrong guy will eventually cost him his job.

Geno Smith seems to be the best option available to Dorsey. Star Lotulelei and Luke Joeckel are the only other players worthy of the Chiefs’ top choice. If the reports are accurate though, Branden Albert will be re-signed (eliminating Joeckel). Lotulelei would be the only alternative if Dorsey isn’t sold on Smith. Trading down seems unlikely in 2013. I’m not confident that the Chiefs will be able to find a trade partner for this class. The consensus is that there’s no clear cut #1 pick. We could see that change over the next two months, but as it stands, the Chiefs are probably going to turn their first blue card in from the 1-hole in this year’s draft.

This is a nervous time for all who pledge allegiance to this franchise, but the Combine this weekend may make life easier for all parties. If Geno Smith lights it up for all NFL eyes to see, he could paint Dorsey into a corner. On the slim chance that doesn’t happen, I still expect this team to draft a quarterback this year. This team and this fanbase needs a talented and bright young quarterback to believe in. This team and this fanbase needs a quarterback who isn’t currently occupying an NFL roster. Enjoy your weekend and be sure to make time for Sunday’s Combine coverage of quarterbacks (NFL Network). We’ll reconvene next week to talk about what happened.

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    I just find it hard to reason out that if the QB class is so shallow, that the Chiefs could benefit in any way from passing on the top one or two QBs to take one of the lesser QBs later. It just doesn’t make sense.

    Take the best of the lot and move on, I say.

    • chiefridgy

      I agree. We can’t afford to not take the best QB available. I sure as hell don’t want to see the faiders pick smith.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        This situation is a bit like the 2007 wide receiver class. Calvin Johnson was by far and away the best prospect, but who would argue that Dwayne Bowe hasn’t been a damn good receiver too? It’s not an all or nothing proposition for me. If it is and he doesn’t draft Smith, you get NOTHING at QB from this year’s draft. Is that any better?

        • chiefridgy

          Good analogy, except this isn’t 2007 and we’re not talking about wide receivers. Quarterback is the most important position on the team…. I don’t want a damn good quarterback…. I want the best available quarterback if he still available at pick number one.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            It’s the same principle. This all or nothing rationale is the reason why draftniks are saying Geno’s unworthy of the #1 pick. The idea there is that since he’s not Robert Griffin or Andrew Luck, that he’s a significantly inferior prospect who shouldn’t be taken that high. It’s asinine. He’s still a hell of a prospect. So is Tyler Wilson.
            If this team comes away with one extra player in the first 65 picks of this draft AND Tyler Wilson…there will be no reason to consider that a failure on the part of John Dorsey.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            And again, following this logic out to its conclusion ends with us taking Geno Smith or no one. That’s crazy talk.

          • chiefridgy

            So you’re thinking is we should take an inferior quarterback just to have an extra draft pick? Would it be the end of the world, no. In my opinion quarterback is the most glaring need the Chiefs have and we can’t afford to miss out on the best quarterback available. I think it’s just a matter of us having a difference of opinion.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If we wind up with Tyler Wilson, it’ll be because Dorsey didn’t think Smith was worthy of the #1. Under that scenario, I could live with Wilson and an additional pick. Make no mistake, I want Geno Smith, but I’m not making that call. The only thing that matters is what John Dorsey thinks. If he isn’t crazy about Geno, I still want him to draft a QB. And I can admit that there ARE benefits to that. Having an extra pick is one of them.

          • chiefridgy

            Agreed

          • toperspective

            Wholeheartedly agree. It makes no sense to blow a 1st pick on the best available QB if Dorsey and Reid don’t think he’s all that good. Although they won’t receive a big haul by trading down, someone will give up something worthwhile to get “their guy”.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The NFL is an acronym for “not for long.” No general manager or head coach is going to stake his career on a guy he doesn’t believe in.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      It’s simple math for me. Geno Smith is the best quarterback in the class, but it’s quite a reach to say that he’s the ONLY quarterback in the class who’ll pan out. I think Tyler Wilson is going to be a good NFL quarterback. If it’s him we wind up with (coupled with an extra #2 pick), I’ll be happy. Not as happy, but happy all the same.

  • ArrowFan

    This draft will make or break some GM’s. Talent evaluation will need to be spot on in order to get the good ones (if everyone is so evenly matched). I’m just glad that Pioli or Carl are not the ones who are picking for our team this year.

  • Danny W

    It’s my personal belief Geno Smith will be a top ten quarterback in the league and the rest I’m not so sure about. Even getting a quarterback in the second round would be something the Chiefs haven’t done in a long time, but I will feel like we’ve missed out on something extremely special in Smith. I’ll be disappointed if we somehow don’t grab him.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    I would be saying the exact opposite. I would be saying that we have reviewed the tape and Geno is by far the best QB in the draft. Create a bigger need to trade out and get picks. Geno will not be a franchise QB. I still like Wilson and Barkley. Not only is our #1 pick going to be interesting. Our #2 is too!! Hoping to get Brown KSU ILB!

    • Brody Hall

      how the heck is barkley better? you have zero proof geno will not be a franchise qb and your dumb if you try using the bowl game because he passed for 200 yrds and 2 tds with 0 picks in horrible weather… fyi thats better tham brady does.

      • Bigtexjayhawk

        I saw Barkley throw a pass 70 yds in the air on a dime. He is smarter and a better leader. He has played in a pro style offense. I dont know who wl end up better but i wld inc demand for geno, add picks grab either of those 2 and grab a few more young stars. I think rnds 2-3 will provide some great plyers. I hope whoever they get starts and plays their tail off!!

    • GDL40

      Gil Brandt of NFL.com just released an article of his “top 100″ prospects in this year’s draft ….. He has GENO SMITH ranked # 4 overall, and has Barkley at #31 …… this is among ALL players in this draft…..so why wouldnt KC take him when its our biggest need by far ! Barkley ? I think we’ve all seen enough busts from USC

  • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

    you are convinced that there are no other options for this football team ?????
    huh??? boy, i can sleep better at night now!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Eloquent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.mangione Kyle Mangione

    If we don’t draft GENO SMITH I will be so pissed off. I think last year was enough torture. I think we all overreact when grading qbs after last years draft. I think geno smith is an above average qb if Andy Reid is setch a qb wizz wouldn’t taking geno be a no brainer??

  • john

    I’d rather have Nick Foles and Joeckle than any of this years QB’s.