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Carl Peterson Weighs In On Chiefs' Draft


Scott Pioli isn’t the only fomer Chiefs GM weighing in on what Kansas City should do with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Pioli’s predecessor, “King” Carl Peterson is in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine as chairman of USA Football.

Chiefs beat reporter for the Kansas City Star, Adam Teicher, tracked down Peterson to ask the “King” what he thought the Chiefs should do in the draft.

Carl sort of weighed in, but first he wanted to make one thing crystal clear.

“I’m not here to see guys run 40-yard dashes in their underwear,” Peterson told Teicher.

I miss Carl.

But here is what he said when asked about the No.1 pick:

“That’s not my concern anymore. I’ll tell you what they ought to do: Take the best player available, the best player you have rated regardless of position.

“It certainly is an important pick. The first-round draft choices are always important but the higher you pick the more important it is. You don’t want to make a mistake because it does reflect on the future of the franchise. A lot of pressure there but I think Andy and John will get it done.”

Peterson told Teicher that he likes the hiring of Andy Reid and John Dorsey in KC. He also said talked a bit about his philosophy when it comes to QBs.

“It was always my philosophy to get the seasoned veteran quarterback who had been successful and been through it before. Any time you draft a quarterback, he’s got a heck of a learning curve to get through, depending where you pick and who’s available. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy did that.”

It seems like everyone thinks the Chiefs should take the best player available and not reach for a QB.

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  • Chelsii.

    I always liked Petersons approach to getting a QB. Better to get someone proven then deal with 3-5 years trying to develop someone. You do miss the upside of the Ryan, Mannings, or probably even Luck. But those aren’t exactly easy to come by.

    • shayaan

      the notion that rookie QBs take 3-5 years to develop is dated – QBs are coming out of college more prepared than ever. just because this year’s QB class is not as strong as last year’s doesn’t mean there isn’t a single player who can can come in and play at a high level pretty quickly. the learning curve for high football IQ guys like that is more like 3-5 games than 3-5 years.

      • JLKC355

        QB’s are making an impact a lot more quickly however as proof with Newton, Bradford, even Ryan it takes 3-5 years to gain stability after drafting a QB. Yes they more ready than in the past but a quick impact does not make a franchise QB it’s that stability and if you get it wrong it will cost you at least 2-3yrs of team progress.

        • Michael Shaw

          TOTALLY AGREE!

  • Danny W

    I was curious about what Peterson thought and his answer was pretty cliche.

  • Scott Mahurin

    And the biggest reason he’s not still our GM? He doesn’t have a clue when it comes to drafting quarterbacks.

  • Outback Chief

    I didn’t always agree with Carl but I do today, I don’t want to draft any QB in the 1st that isn’t worthy, when I can sign a FA and draft a QB in later rounds, and still yet draft another next year and the year after. It’s been so long since we drafted a good QB that now I only want them to evaluate and keep drafting until they get it right. Until then a good FA will have to do if need be.

  • TAZMOSIS

    If Carl were still the GM of the Chiefs, he would probably be talking to Bret Favre about coming out of retirement.