Chiefs continue to go with veteran QB

February, 27, 2013
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Once again, the Kansas City Chiefs have opted against going for a homegrown quarterback.

The team agreed Wednesday to trade for San Francisco’s Alex Smith in a deal that cost the Chiefs the No. 34 overall pick this year and a conditional midround pick in 2014.

For the foreseeable future, the Chiefs are choosing to go with a veteran quarterback as their starter. Smith will be 29 in May. The trade for Smith means the Chiefs will not use the No. 1 pick on a quarterback. There was a thought Kansas City would use its second-round pick on a quarterback in a class that is considered pretty weak. Now, that option is gone.

Thus, it appears a long streak will move forward. The last time the Chiefs won a game quarterbacked by a player the team drafted was in 1987 when 1983 first-round pick Todd Blackledge led the team. It is the longest such streak in the NFL. The Chiefs have since drafted 10 quarterbacks who have failed to win a game -- the last being 2011 fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi, who is currently the No. 3 quarterback.

Smith will likely be the Chiefs' quarterback for three years or so, and the Chiefs will likely grab a quarterback in the draft in the next few years.

It is not out of the question that Kansas City drafts a quarterback this year. The Chiefs could trade down from the No. 1 pick and acquire a second-round pick or take a quarterback in the third round.

But for now, the emphasis in Kansas City continues to be on veteran quarterbacks.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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