Chiefs aren't sold on rookie QBs

February, 17, 2013
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If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback, that player better start impressing the team.

So far, it hasn’t happened. There have long been indications the Chiefs are leaning toward finding their new starting quarterback in either free agency or the trade market. In an interview with the Kansas City Star, new Chiefs’ general manager John Dorsey admitted there is currently not a quarterback who the team thinks is worthy of the being the top pick.

“There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He’s a first-round pick,’ ” Dorsey told the paper. “There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group. There was not one guy that stood up and said, ‘I’m the guy in the position this year.’ There really wasn’t one clear-cut guy.”

Of course, that could change at the combine. The only quarterback who likely has a chance to show he is worthy of being a top pick is West Virginia’s Geno Smith. But, as Dorsey explained, Smith isn’t there yet.

I know the idea of Kansas City not drafting a quarterback in the first round bothers some Chiefs fans. But if the team doesn’t think quarterback is worthy of the top pick, they shouldn’t force it. Nothing sets a franchise back like a whiffing on a quarterback at the top of the draft.

That’s the last thing Dorsey and new coach Andy Reid want to do as their first act in Kansas City.

In other AFC West news:

In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper has some ideas for three AFC West teams to replace aging stars in the draft.

The Chiefs are reportedly signing safety Husain Abdullah. He has NFL experience and he has a chance to make the roster.

U-T San Diego looks at the Chargers’ options at left tackle in the draft and in free agenc

The Denver Post reports that the team plans on letting Nate Irving and Steve Johnson battle for the starting middle linebacker job.

The National Football Post reports that Denver running back Knowshon Moreno could be salary cap cut. I’d think should try to keep him. The 2009 first-round pick finally delivered in 2012. Why get rid of him now that he is producing?

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