The last time the Chiefs picked a quarterback in the first round was Todd Blackledge in 1983…
Blackledge was picked at No 7 and was a total flop. A couple years before that they chose quarterback Steve Fuller in 1979 – another bust.
And for the next nearly 40 years the Chiefs have made a living taking quarterbacks from other teams – veteran players for the most part on their down side.
A few of them worked out; like Joe Montana, Steve Deberg and Trent Green. Oh, and now Alex Smith.
KC was able to field a winning team often during the regular season with those QBs with many playoff chances.
The problem: close but no cigar – no Super Bowls – and only mild glory.
Only Montana was able to take KC to an AFC title game, which we lost to Buffalo in 1994.
In a draft day shocker the Chiefs traded up to the 10th spot on, giving up several draft picks to Cleveland and took Texas Tech‘s Patrick Mahomes.
Deshaun Watson was also available, but John Dorsey and Andy Reid were in love with Mahomes the GUNSLINGER. Watson would go several picks latter to Houston.
Mahomes was named as a top 5 quarterback along with Mitch Tribisky, who went No. 2 to the Chicago Bears.
Ah but Kansas City wanted Patrick over everyone from the start.
Dorsey went into a long explanation on how impressed he and Reid were during the young man’s workout in Kansas City, his interview, his ability to make all the throws, his speed, his quick release and his Brett Favre style of play.
This player is not the usual play it safe quarterback style we have seen here for the last 20 seasons – think John Elway.
This guy can make the impossible throws look common.
With Mahomes’ style of play comes more turnovers, INT’s and fumbles. His confidence can lead to mistakes.
It will take time to calm him down a bit and get him NFL ready.
Who better to help him then Andy Reid who was Brett Favre’s quarterback coach and Alex Smith, Mr. Game Manager.
Of course the Chiefs want the big plays, the downfield throws and even some big runs. They don’t however want the mistakes.
So it will take time.
Alex Smith is the starter this season and he also has a contract calling for another season if KC wants him back. It’s likely Mahomes will be the man in 2018, barring a super season from Smith or Mahomes falling short.
IAnd if KC does not get off to a good start this season, you can bet the quarterback controversy will begin.
The Chiefs badly need top linebackers, a running back and another wide out. They still have at least 6 more picks to get that done.
I spoke with former No. 1 Chiefs pick and former great Bill Mass yesterday hours before the draft. I told Bill I thought it would be a linebacker with all of ours in question, he said, “Craig I think the Chiefs are going quarterback in the first round,” and he was dead on.
Is Mahomes the exciting quarterback with the ‘It’ factor this team hasn’t seen since Len Dawson? Lets hope so.
I think it was time for this move; Alex is near the end and we need a young guy to take over and get the Chiefs to a Super Bowl.
And Mahomes could be that guy.