Judging by pre-draft visits, the Kansas City Chiefs are seriously looking at an early-round quarterback selection in the upcoming draft.
Add another name to the list of top quarterbacks the Chiefs have had an official visit with. This time it is Josh Dobbs, former quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers. He had a very famous quote at the NFL Combine about handling an NFL playbook. Dobbs had a very respectable career at Tennessee and most scouts having him in the range of rounds 4-7.
Recently, though, Mel Kiper Jr. said he could see Dobbs going in the second or third round. While he’s not a ready-made product due to mechanics and learning a completely new system, Dobbs does offer high upside because of his athletic gifts.
The Chiefs have also privately worked out fellow quarterback prospects Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Mitchell Trubisky, and Central Missouri State’s Garrett Fugate.
There is clearly a need at quarterback in the near future for Kansas City. Alex Smith has been unable to lead them past the Divisional round in the playoffs. Smith’s contract also becomes heavy after next year, with a cap hit nearing $21 million.
Behind him, they have Tyler Bray, a former UDFA from Tennessee in 2013. Bray is only 25 years old, but has not climbed higher than third on the depth chart for Kansas City. The Chiefs also signed former Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave to a contract this offseason. Stave is most likely a camp arm with a chance to make the practice squad.
Whether the Chiefs draft a quarterback in the first round or middle rounds, it is a near lock that they add another man to the roster before camp. They are slim on depth behind Smith, who is not getting any younger or cheaper. Kansas City team has great depth on the roster and are in a perfect position to take a young quarterback that needs developing early in the draft.