The 2013 NFL Draft is over in the books. The Chiefs have signed the bulk of their undrafted free agents. So I guess…see you in August, right?
This site is called Arrowhead Addict for a reason. We know the term “offseason” but we don’t know what it means. As the Chiefs continue on with their offseason program, we’ll keep bringing you the same Kansas City Chiefs coverage you crave. We’ll break down players, break down the schedule and probably break down and cry a few times around early July.
We’re here to get you through the offseason. Kansas City Chiefs football will be back before you know it.
Lastly, a very special thanks to AA staffer Jason Seibel who stepped in last night and relieved me after working for about 72 hours straight. He did and awesome job bringing you all the news on which undrafted free agents the Chiefs were bringing in. Please give him some props in the comments.
And now, here’s your Morning Fix: Post Draft Edition!
The Chiefs have Alex Smith, and reportedly wanted to get Matt Barkley if he fell to them at the start of Saturday’s fourth round, but when they missed out on him they just opted to avoid a quarterback altogether. However, Andy Reid is cognizant of the fact that Alex Smith might not work out and even if he does, he’s already been in the league for over seven years now.
Bray is the perfect fit for the Chiefs, as he’s not going to challenge Smith and make him feel uncomfortable like he was with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. Bray will be able to learn from Smith and Reid but not step on anyone’s toes while doing so, and when he needs to be called up, he could be an Aaron Rodgers type of guy who steps in and learns quickly after spending significant time on the bench.
There is no guarantee that Bray will work out, but this is a move that satisfies both those who wanted to draft a quarterback and those who believe Smith can’t be pushed by the presence of a younger quarterback gunning for his job and his paycheck.
But now that Reid is in Kansas City, the question is who will be the quarterback after Alex Smith is done there? Kansas City gave up a lot to get Smith, and it’s obvious after his situation in San Francisco that he’d be wildly uncomfortable if his new team acquired a young quarterback and put him in the exact Kaepernick-style conundrum he was in last season.
So, as Reverend Lovejoy of The Simpsons fame says, the short answer on Foles to the Eagles is no with a but, and the long answer is yes with a but.
Nevertheless, it’s going to be something that is floated out there and will be out there until something happens with Foles. It’s obvious that he won’t be the starter this year, but it’s also no certainty that he’ll be traded before the season starts. Chip Kelly is going to want to run every quarterback he can through his system before puling the plug on any of them, and Foles has no real trade value for this year’s draft so there is no rush to move him.
Commings said the Chiefs met with him on a few previous occasions, prior to the draft.
“I talked to them at the Combine, at the Senior Bowl a little bit,” Sanders Commings said. “I also had a private workout with them. I’m very excited to be a part of the program.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says his staff will utilize the versatility that Commings brings to the team.
“What you see with Sanders is a big, physical press corner (and) safety, he’s done both at Georgia last year and this year – he had two games this year where he played the safety spot,” coach Reid said.
“He fits in to what we do in both spots, he’s a 4.4 40-yard dash guy, so he has size and speed at 216 pounds in that area that can move. He can help us in a couple of different spots, both at the corner and the safety spot.”
When he arrives in KC, Commings will be reunited with former Bulldogs teammate, current Chiefs LB Justin Houston, who played for the Bulldogs during the 2008-2010 seasons.
“The second greatest number of starters in the National Football League besides first round picks are the college free agents you sign,” Reid said. They’re all over the place and you just don’t realize it. Those are some good football player. Only 50 percent of your first round picks even start and then you drop down to 22 percent for the second round. And you’re right at about 22.5, 23 percent of college free agents that start. So the second highest number of starters that you get, it’s important that process is handled the right way.”
The Chiefs need to get to work then. Late round players that they showed interest in who did not get selected are the group to be keeping an eye on.