Kansas City general manager John Dorsey says the Chiefs have put in about 60,000 hours in preparation for next week’s NFL Draft. And now they are hoping the fruits of their labor will be rewarded.
Speaking to the media on Friday at the team’s training complex, Dorsey said the Chiefs now have about 150-170 players on their draft board. And somewhere on that list could be the quarterback of the future. But even if the Chiefs draft one with the 27th pick in the first round, don’t expect him to play right away.
“I think there’s some talented athletes within this (quarterback) class,” Dorsey said. “I think they have different skillsets. That varies, some are better runners. Now making the transition from college to the professional level, that’s a different animal.
“Are there any sure-fire starters right off the bat? I personally don’t think so. But are there some quarterbacks who have enough traits and skills to be developed down the road? There sure is.”
North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is generally regarded as the top QB in the class and likely will be long gone when the Chiefs pick. However, some mock drafts have the Chiefs taking Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 27th pick, though Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes could also be available. But Mahomes’ stock seems to be on the rise.
While Alex Smith will be the starter in 2017, he will turn 33 in May and will count $16.9 million against the salary cap. And in 2018, Smith will count $20.6 million against the cap. Sure, the Chiefs could rework his contract but they currently have a shortage of QBs as only Smith and backups Tyler Bray and Joel Stave are on the roster.
Dorsey said he was open to the idea of drafting a quarterback and sitting him a year or two to develop, but that would come with a caveat.
“If he’s deemed the best player available, I will,” Dorsey said. “I will do that.”
The Chiefs have 10 picks and that gives them flexibility to move up or down, which has Dorsey excited.
“I like to have a lot of picks because you can do a lot of things with a lot of picks,” Dorsey said. “It’s better than the opposite. Are we going to see if we can trade up and get some stuff? Are we going to see if we can trade back and get more?
“We’re always going to do our due diligence in that regard, and I think us as an organization, we have to do that. That’s what good clubs do. You have to see ever option available before you make that pick.”
Dorsey said this year’s draft is pretty deep, especially at cornerback. Dorsey believed as many as seven DBs could go in the first round.
“There’s corners to be had all the way down,” Dorsey said. “Do I like the corners on our roster? Yeah, I do. I think there’s growth and development there and really good players there, but that’s not to say why not acquire some more corners because this is a league where you can’t have enough of those good cornerbacks.”