Owners of the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have been on the clock since their season ended in a 38-3 loss to the Denver Broncos back in late December. Having the top pick is a two-edged sword, however.
On one hand, to be in this position one would have ended the regular season as the worst team in the entire league—which the Chiefs did with their 2-14 record, owning the tiebreaker over the Jacksonville Jaguars. On the other hand, Kansas City is first in line to select from all the young, athletic, ready-for-the-next-level talent that the college game has to offer.
While their draft strategy could hinge on their dealings with left tackle Branden Albert (an unrestricted free agent after playing his first five seasons in Kansas City), the Chiefs’ primary concern this offseason should be finding a new quarterback.
Debate will ensue as to whether the Chiefs should expend the top pick on a quarterback, largely because of the lack of top-end talent at the position. Clark Judge of CBSSports.com contends that Kansas City can’t afford to draft a signal-caller at No. 1.
Though the Chiefs have other question marks up and down their roster—decision on Dwayne Bowe and wide receiver depth, No. 2 cornerback, inside linebacker opposite of Derrick Johnson, free safety, defensive end and the interior of the offensive line, among others—there is no question that this team must find new leadership under center after last season’s debacle.
Matt Cassel (signed through 2014) and Brady Quinn combined to complete fewer than 58 percent of their passes, for just 2,937 yards and only eight touchdowns. Throw in the duo’s 28 turnovers and you had arguably the worst quarterback situation in the NFL in 2012.
New general manager John Dorsey brings in a best-available-player approach to the draft from Green Bay (CBS Sports). And the Chiefs could also explore free agency or trade options for their next quarterback as well, so there will be plenty of options as the offseason progresses.
Here are a handful of options that Kansas City should consider at quarterback moving forward.