5 replacements for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Alex Smith /
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1. DeShaun Watson

Maybe the Chiefs want to go a completely different direction in replacing Alex Smith. Cousins, Romo, Brees, and Foles would each cost a lot of money. Why not go the cheap option after seeing how well it went for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks?

Both teams dominated when Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson were dirt cheap. Having an inexpensive quarterback allowed the Seahawks and 49ers to load up elsewhere. According to Matt Miller from Bleacher Report, the Chiefs could have DeShaun Watson from Clemson fall into their laps.

Even if the Chiefs decide to keep Alex Smith, drafting Watson makes a lot of sense. They could use 2017 as a developmental year and hope Smith keeps him off the field so he can develop. However, should the need arise, Watson is good enough to fill in immediately. His athleticism would make him a dynamic threat with the Chiefs’ receiving options.

Andy Reid is an expert at developing quarterbacks. He’s just what Watson needs to thrive in the NFL. Sure, he has flaws in his game, but nobody’s better at understanding how to put signal callers in positions where they can thrive than Reid. Watson brings a far more dynamic, skill set to the table than Alex Smith.

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However, counting on the Clemson quarterback to be available in the NFL Draft would be a risk. But if Lady Luck smiles on the Chiefs, they could get the perfect quarterback to run their offense.