Hey there everyone this is ChiefsFanJon and i know there's still a ton of football left in the 2011 season but its never to early to start educating yourself on both: the needs of next years chiefs and the available players courtesy of the 2012 draft. And with that introduction I will be breaking down the key positions that I believe the Chiefs could use improvement.
With this first installment I will start with a controversial position that could use improvement in my eyes, the QB position. Matt Cassel is a very good QB when he is on but when he is off he is nothing better than average and winning with an average QB is much harder to do than with an elite / high level QB. This draft is loaded with potential elite QB's if underclassmen declare. This position to me is a 4 / 5 on the needs repair scale if only because i think you need a top 10 QB to stand a chance at the championship.
1. Andrew Luck QB Stanford
He tops the class and frankly there is little competition. He has earned more attention and devotion than any QB since John Elway and those are large shoes to fill. He has great arm strength and accuracy and on top of that he has great vision and experience in a pro style offense. Also shows very good athletic ability and pocket awareness. Literally everything you look for in a QB prospect at 6' 4" and 235 lbs he will be the number one overall pick and likely out of the Chiefs reach.
Potential Ceiling: Aaron Rodgers.
2. Matt Barkley QB USC*
Barkley is the mold of exactly what Pete Carrol looked for in a college QB. He has very good accuracy and pretty good arm strength to go with solid mobility. He won't blow you away with his arm and he isn't a great athlete but he is somewhere in between capable of extending plays and making a great throw here and there. Needs to work on his consistency and accuracy on more difficult throws.
Potential Ceiling: Same as Mark Sanchez. They are very similar QB's in that they make great throws in the 15 yard range but when asked to carry an offense it is questionable.
3. Landry Jones QB Oklahoma*
Landry Jones is often discussed as the second best QB and really the potential is there for him to challenge Andrew Luck in potential which is why i see him staying for his senior year. He has a great arm: both strength and accuracy and he has some potential under center along with a winning pedigree but he isn't very mobile. He is a prototypical pocket QB and although there is great potential he has played in a very pass happy conference and may have issues reading traditional defenses.
Potential Ceiling: Peyton Manning: He isn't very mobile and he can make all the throws. He has a great head on his shoulders and i know saying a ceiling of Manning is a high ceiling but he has a ways to go to get even close to peyton's early years.
4. Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*
What a talent and he is so underrated currently. I keep watching video to try and see a weakness and frankly i can't find one. He has great mechanics, quickly getting rid of the ball and very accurately. He also isn't a short range QB showing great touch on deep routes and the ability to extend the play and allow those WR's to get open. I would love an opportunity at drafting RG III and i think he will be available when the Chiefs pick in the 1st round but doubt they take him there or that he survives to the second round.
Potential Ceiling: Ben Roethlisberger?? 6' 2" and 220 lbs is not the same as Big Ben but he has the ability to extend plays and make big plays with his arm but not in the same way of a vick or a young. He has a lightning quick release and he is very smart in his decision making, always insuring that the ball is protected.
5. Nick Foles QB Arizona
While Foles has prototypical size at 6' 5" and 235 lbs he plays in a very short route oriented offense. He has inflated numbers based on the short safe routes with long play potential that his team runs. I see Foles as a very system specific QB that can do great things if he lands in the right spot. He has very good accuracy but his arm strength is a question mark.
Potential Ceiling: Matt Cassel, they both can make very good plays in the short passing game and have success in the mid range passing game. But both are inconsistent on deep passes often overthrowing or having bad placement on deep routes. Foles is a project and he could land on a team that utilizes him very well.
As this shows 3 of the top 5 are all underclassmen and with a year of improvement could be top 15 QB's as it stand right now Jones is a 1st rounder and Barkley / Luck are top 10 material. The Chiefs should pick in the top 15 but no sooner than 5 or so. Barkley could be a possibility with the 1st round pick but i see both Jones and RG III as having higher ceilings although both would likely require some time to learn the system while both Barkley and Luck are more ready right now. As i stated this is the first line of this series, provided people enjoy it, and i will be continuing next week with the next position (OT).