Tyler Bray Is a Smart Gamble for Kansas City Chiefs

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 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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Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has the measurables and the arm strength to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

In that sense, the Kansas City Chiefs signing him after the draft was a smart move.

There is still plenty for Bray to work on. His decision-making and accuracy need work. He also needs to improve in regards to identifying NFL-level plays. According to Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report, one NFL scout called Bray's whiteboard interview "the worst he'd seen."

But Bray also measures at 6'6", 230 pounds. He registered the NFL combine's best peak ball speed at 59 mph, per Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

It's not a surprise that Bray went undrafted at Radio Music City Hall given his apparent lack of intangibles and football IQ, but he's most certainly worth a gamble after the draft.

In terms of production while he was at Tennessee, the reviews were mixed. He ended up passing for over 3,600 yards in his junior year while tossing 36 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He also ranked a respectable 25th in the nation in yards per pass attempt.

On the other hand, Bray was blessed with two incredibly athletic receivers in Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter (both were selected in the first 34 picks of the draft this year).

He also struggled against some top competition in the SEC, throwing a combined seven interceptions against Florida, Georgia and Alabama in 2012. South Carolina was the only top SEC team that he played well against last year.

While production isn't everything when evaluating NFL prospects, when you don't produce against top college competition, and back up doubts about your pocket presence, accuracy and decision-making in the process, that can raise red flags throughout the NFL.

Overall, this a low-risk pick, and with the Chiefs recently signing veteran quarterback Alex Smith, it's not like they need Bray to come in and start right away. It's a good situation for the young signal-caller who will be able to learn under new Chiefs coach Andy Reid's wing.

If it doesn't work out for the Chiefs, they didn't have to risk much anyway. If it does work out, Kansas City finds a steal.

It's all about drafting (or not drafting) for value in the NFL. Bray was a worthy signing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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