NFL Draft 2012: The Kansas City Chiefs Are the Perfect Fit for Brandon Weeden

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 17, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys throws a pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the most eventful off seasons out of any franchise in the National Football League. Peyton Hillis, Eric Winston and Kevin Boss are just three of the major names that will have an arrowhead on the side of their helmet in 2012.

The Chiefs even tried to create a little quarterback competition when they signed former first-round pick Brady Quinn to a contract that would re-unite him with head coach Romeo Crennel. However, Quinn isn't exactly a name that Chiefs fans would want carrying the franchise if something should happen to Matt Cassel next season.

Brandon Weeden could be an answer to that concern if Kansas City is still in the quarterback market over the course of draft weekend. Weeden fits the perfect mold for the Chiefs because of his ability to be a starting quarterback right away and his unique position to create a completion with Cassel from the first day of training camp.

If Weeden is going to succeed anywhere in the NFL, Kansas City is the perfect location. The Chiefs have elite wide receivers, two Pro Bowl-caliber running backs and an offensive line that could become one of the best in the AFC next season.

The selection of Weeden would give the Chiefs options if they do not feel Cassel is the quarterback of the future, and it would also give the team a better option than Brady Quinn in case of injury.

One would argue that the Chiefs signed Quinn with the intention of making him a backup next season. However, Weeden has a bigger upside than Quinn because of his big arm and ability to make plays down the field. Weeden is used to dealing with a big receiver (Justin Blackmon) and should adapt well to an offense that runs mainly through Dwayne Bowe.

Weeden will be 28 years old when the 2012 NFL season begins the second week in September. Age is an obvious concern for every team that would be willing to draft him next week. However, many experts claim that the Chiefs are only a solid quarterback away from becoming Super Bowl contenders very soon.

Weeden would be considered a top-10 pick if he would be five years younger. His numbers have been on par with some of the best college quarterbacks in the game and his experience at Oklahoma State was against some of the best competition in college football.

Weeden will be a steal for any team that drafts him as long as he can pick up the offense quickly and have a chance to play in his first two seasons. Kansas City is one of those teams that can offer that kind of opportunity and will hopefully see the potential in what may only be a second- or third-round pick.