The Kansas City Chiefs need to draft a franchise quarterback. While the man in question likely would not start until 2017, general manager John Dorsey still needs to make the move and give fans something they have not had in these parts since Len Dawson.
Kansas City has not drafted a quarterback in the first round since 1983, when it selected Todd Blackledge from Penn State University with the seventh-overall pick. The Chiefs could have taken Jim Kelly or Dan Marino, but instead took the worst quarterback available. Amazingly, Blackledge is the last quarterback that Kansas City drafted to win a game for the Chiefs, all the way back since 1987. Since then, only quarterbacks acquired from the outside have won a game for Kansas City.
If the Chiefs ever want to become a consistent contender, they need to find their man and stick with him. For all of head coach Andy Reid’s faults, developing quarterbacks is not one of them. Many believe Reid is the best quarterbacks coach in the National Football League, making him a perfect coach to have with a young signal-caller.
So who should the Chiefs be targeting in the 2016 NFL Draft in the early going? Here are the top five quarterback prospects as we hurdle towards November…