Chiefs sign undrafted Tennessee QB Tyler Bray
Previously projected to be a first-round pick, Tyler Bray saw his draft stock fall due to off-field issues, but even that was supposed to drop him at most to the third-round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, after the 254th pick was announced on Saturday, Tyler Bray was still undrafted and searching for a team.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who like most teams were supposed to address their quarterback needs through the draft, wasted none of their eight draft picks at the position. In first three rounds alone, only a total of three quarterbacks were selected. As the draft concluded, only 11 college quarterbacks had made the boards.
But while the Kansas City Chiefs did not consider Tyler Bray deserving of a lucrative rookie contract, they still believed that the strong armed quarterback would make a high risk/reward acquisition.
Standing at 6-foot-6, 232-pound, Tyler Bray has good size for the position. Last year, Tyler Bray had a record-breaking season in Tennessee, throwing for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions with a completions rate of 59.6; before forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. However, Tyler Bray never led the Tennessee Volunteers to a winning record despite being surrounded by some of the best offensive weapons in his three seasons in Knoxville (including two players who landed among the top 40 picks in this draft). Tyler Bray also displayed a lack of leadership, poor on-field decision making along with accuracy issues during his collegiate career.
Despite making 24 starts for the Tennessee Volunteers, Tyler Bray hasn’t been able to distinguish himself as a potentially starting caliber-quarterback for the pros. Several NFL teams reportedly lost interest in Tyler Bray prior to the draft due to his inability to make NFL-level reads.
But after going undrafted and getting a shot with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tyler Bray will have a chance to prove himself and possibly secure a long-term future with the team.
The Kansas City Chiefs make a good landing spot for Tyler Bray in the sense that he joins a group of virtually unproven quarterbacks – with the exception of Chase Daniels, but including Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanny – behind starter Alex Smith on the roster. Moreover, Kansas City Chiefs new head coach Andy Reid loves drafting quarterback, although it hasn’t worked out for him since Donovan McNabb. But things could be slightly different for Tyler Bray in Kansas City, as Andy Reid did not draft him.