Chiefs GM: “clear-cut” first-round QB absent from draft
“There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He's a first-round pick,’” said Kansas City Chiefs new general manager John Dorsey. “There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group. There was not one guy that stood up and said, 'I'm the guy in the position this year.' There really wasn't one clear-cut guy.”
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the many teams looking at the 16 quarterbacks invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Although the number marks the lowest number of quarterbacks in over 11-years, most teams like the Kansas City Chiefs are face great confusion ranking potential draft picks beyond West Virginia’s Geno Smith in this group.
While quite a few quarterbacks may have standout qualities that teams usually look for – such as Geno Smith’s natural ability, the leader ship skills of USC’s Charles Barkley and the toughness of Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson – there are just as many reasons to do a double-take on the decision. Geno Smith fell short against competition last season, while Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson had disappointing senior seasons highlighted by injuries.
“There are too many technical flaws, scheme flaws,” added John Dorsey. “There are so many different variables, that there are a lot of people all over the place on naming the top four or five guys and who those guys would be.”
However, things could set out more clearly leading upto the April draft with the combine this week, followed by pro days on college campuses and then individual workouts. And the Kansas City Chiefs will try to make the most of that time by having John Dorsey as well new head coach Andy Reid in attendance at most of the workouts of the top quarterbacks this year.
“I think Andy is a really good evaluator of quarterbacks,” Dorsey said. “I want him and I to go to as many quarterback workouts as possible and actually set our own up.”
On John Dorsey’s list, personal interviews are the one of the key opportunities for college players to score big with their potential NFL teams. John Dorsey indicated a quarterback can improve his draft stock with a series of strong interviews during the postseason draft process.
“A quarterback wants to come across in the interview process as confident, as having a vast understanding and knowledge of defenses, as being capable of leading a group of men,” said John Dorsey. “That’s what you’ve got to convey to the teams.”
“On film, his physical traits and skills will come out. But you have to over the next few weeks impress on teams the character of his soul, his ability to lead a franchise.”