Don’t count on the Chiefs finding a late-round quarterback
By John McCarty
Brady Gustafson, Montana (6-7, 230 lbs.)
Matt Miller: 333
CBS Sports: 436
It would be easy to compare Gustafson to a Paxton Lynch or Brock Osweiler, tall quarterbacks trying to make their way in the NFL. At times the comparison fits, at other times, it truly doesn’t work. More to the point, he’s a small school quarterback trying to make his way.
Much like the similarities with Lynch and Osweiler, Gustafson, due in part to his size, has troubles with a quick release. Being as tall as he is means everything has longer to go to get from set point to release point. Why this is so important is quite simply, affects both timing and accuracy with the throw. Gustafson has missed time with injuries as well, missing a good portion on his junior season and multiple games his senior season.
The most glaring issue with Gustafson is his accuracy and decision-making. Namely, it’s not very good, at all. He threw a staggering 8 interceptions in only 9 games played. He has a big arm, and when he has a clean pocket, it shows, but when he tries to force a ball, well, usually that ball ends up coming back the other way. Perhaps we can argue he throws a very catchable football?
I certainly really don’t see Gustafson being drafted, but if the Chiefs wanted to bring in an additional signal caller, possibly to replace Tyler Bray if the organization is looking for a cheaper option at the third spot, he could be mildly intriguing.
These are just a few QBs that won’t go early but are in the draft. A lot of names have been discussed at quarterback for the Chiefs, but these are some names that have not been mentioned that I wanted to, at a minimum, spend some time reviewing and looking at possible fits here in the Midwest.