Will Chiefs draft quarterback in 2016?


Alex Smith is a lightning rod for the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans. Some will defend his play to the death, while others are seemingly ready to fight in a steel cage if it means a new quarterback.

Smith’s contract tells us that the earliest general manager John Dorsey would move on from Smith is after next season, since his salary cap hit would be outrageous this offseason with a release. With that in mind, would Dorsey pull the trigger on a quarterback in the first or second round, knowing the youngster would likely be sitting on the bench for a year and not improving the current club in such a critical year?

Dorsey’s track record shows he is very willing and perhaps apt to take players who are going to be filling in for a soon-to-be departed player. In 2013, Eric Fisher was taken to replace Branden Albert at left tackle, who was playing out the final year of his deal. In 2014, Dorsey selected outside linebacker Dee Ford, who will eventually be replacing Tamba Hali. This spring, Dorsey snagged cornerback Marcus Peters, who presumably is insurance should Sean Smith leave in free agency.

If Jared Goff, Connor Cook or another intriguing prospect is on the board when Kansas City goes on the clock, does Dorsey make the ultimate move and take one? It would be a seismic decision that could potentially alter the franchise going forward for a decade or so. If Dorsey landed a blue-chip quarterback, the Chiefs would finally have a signal-caller of franchise proportions for the first time since Len Dawson.

What do you say, Addicts? Given the situation, what would Dorsey do?