Chiefs could look to add their future QB in Round 1

The Kansas City offense has looked stagnant under Alex Smith. PFF explains why the Chiefs might want to move up in the draft to find their next starter.

| 2 months ago
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Chiefs could look to add their future QB in Round 1

  • The Chiefs have been 42-23 in four years in games started by quarterback Alex Smith (including playoffs), but a trend of periodic stagnation offensively has led many to question whether 2017 is the year to upgrade at the position via the draft.
  • Likely first-round quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (ninth), Mitchell Trubisky (15th) and Deshaun Watson (23rd) were all in the top 25 a season ago in yards per attempt against Power 5 conferences.
  • Mahomes’ athleticism (6.88 seconds in the three-cone drill) and ability to go downfield (1,281 yards on deep passes against Power 5 opponents in 2016) would both complement and supplement what Kansas City is trying to do offensively.
  • With Mahomes’ stock rising steadily, it might be necessary for the Chiefs to use some combination of their four picks (27, 59, 91, 104) in the first 105 to move up past the Browns at 12 to snag their future signal-caller.

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