Monday, January 28, 2013
Senior Bowl offers no QB clarity for Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
A major step in the NFL draft-evaluation process is complete. Still, there doesn’t appear to be a quarterback who is currently worthy of being a high draft pick.
That, of course, is being noted by the new brass of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and their biggest need this offseason is a quarterback.
Unless something drastically changes, it doesn’t appear the Chiefs will find their next quarterback with that pick.
This has long been considered a weak quarterback draft class -- after two strong classes, including the great class of 2012. That perception has not changed after the Senior Bowl. No quarterback dramatically helped his cause during the week.
Senior Bowl week is a prime time for players to take the next step in the draft process. Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson was solid during the week, but others such as North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones didn’t help their stock. Wilson, however, will still need to make strides at the combine and at his pro day workout to rise into being a top pick.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith (widely considered the best quarterback prospect) and USC's Matt Barkley did not play in the Senior Bowl. We will see more of them down the road.
Unless someone does emerge I expect the Chiefs to address other needs with their top pick and take a flyer on a quarterback in the second round. The Chiefs will likely add a veteran quarterback like San Francisco’s Alex Smith or Seattle’s Matt Flynn.