Will the Chiefs add a developmental quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Are the Chiefs ready to add a developmental arm in this year's draft class or is the effort not worth it for Brett Veach?
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There's now a predictable rhythm to the depth chartsnfdsdf at quarterback at this point for the Kansas City Chiefs. Fans have seen the same thing year after year now with Patrick Mahomes as the starting quarterback. Yet if there's any chance to alter that rhythm, the 2024 NFL Draft is the place to make it happen.

By now, we know the drill. The Chiefs roll with Mahomes as QB1, obviously, followed by a veteran arm who is at least firmly in his thirties. From there, the Chiefs won't have anyone else on the active roster but they will carry another developmental arm on the practice squad. Only they won't put any real investment behind it.

Are the Chiefs ready to add a developmental arm in this year's draft class or is the effort not worth it for Brett Veach?

For the last few years, the third (or even fourth) quarterback positions have been nothing more than undrafted flyers while the Chiefs rotate veterans for the spot directly below Mahomes. While Chad Henne or Matt Moore or Blaine Gabbert have held the clipboard on the sidelines in Mahomes's shadow, a whole other carousel has been at work in the offseason. So far, no one has stuck.

It might actually make for a good trivia game to name the developmental quarterbacks who have been in the pipeline at some point behind Mahomes. From Chase Litton to Shane Buechele and Dustin Crum to Anthony Gordon and Shea Patterson to Jordan Ta'amu, the Chiefs have brought in quarterbacks of all types to serve as a scout team QB.

At the present time, Chris Oladokun and Ian Book are holding things down as the other quarterbacks on the roster. Will they be joined by an actual draft pick—someone who could actually force a tougher roster conversation about carrying a potential third QB?

The day that will happen likely depends on how the draft board looks when the Chiefs are on the clock, but the way the team has made due with only two quarterbacks on the active roster makes it seem as if a third one is out—even if the value was there. The truth is that the Chiefs could always use those late-round picks to bolster special teams or provide depth in the trenches.

So there's always a chance, right? Perhaps the Chiefs come out in a certain round with Sam Hartmand or Joe Milton or another quarterback rated higher than most. In that scenario, maybe the rhythm will be interrupted enough for the Chiefs to alter their expected flow.