Tyler Bray Will Gain Invaluable Experience from Andy Reid, Alex Smith and Chiefs

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 28, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to pass the ball against the Missouri Tigers during the game at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tyler Bray was hoping to be drafted, but joining the Kansas City Chiefs will help him develop into a true NFL quarterback.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Chiefs agreed to a deal with Bray shortly after the draft ended.

The quarterback position is quite thin behind Alex Smith, with guys like Chase Daniel and Ricky Stanzi behind him.  With Bray’s talent, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a spot on the roster.

Bray is listed at 6’6’’ and is an ideal size for a quarterback.  He arguably has the strongest arm of all rookie quarterbacks heading into the season and throws accurate balls quite consistently.  In his senior year at Tennessee, he threw for 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Teams didn’t take a chance in the draft of Bray likely due to his tendency to make poor decisions on the field.  According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, coaches were concerned about Bray’s work ethic and lack of preparation for games.

The Chiefs will be bringing in a guy with a rocket arm and potentially poor work ethic.  Luckily for Bray, they have a number of guys who can help him develop.

Alex Smith may have had a rough start to his career, but he has developed nicely.  In the past two seasons, he has thrown for 4,881 yards, 30 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.  His passer rating was 90.7 in 2011 and 104.1 in 2012. 

Smith could be an excellent role model for Bray.  He had some tough years, but he stayed focused and kept working to be the best quarterback he could be.  Thanks to that work ethic, he was able to improve year after year, and is now looking to bring the Chiefs back to the playoffs.

If a hardworking quarterback isn’t enough to help teach Bray, he will also have one of the better head coaches around in Andy Reid.

Reid has had a pretty solid run of starting quarterbacks.  He helped Donovan McNabb become a respectable starter for a number of years and also helped Michael Vick return to the league and become a force, if only for a couple seasons.  He can help Bray develop and learn to use that rocket arm effectively without making poor decisions.

The Chiefs may be rebuilding, but they have a solid group of people that can help Bray develop a strong work ethic and eventually become a starter in the NFL.