I'll admit. That title, was to get you to click on it.
For the first time in 25+ years, the Kansas City Chiefs are in the legitimate conversation to receive the no.1 overall pick in the draft. As depressing as that fact is, it should be giving fans smiles. The no.1 overall pick has produced the likes of Peyton Manning, Eli Manning..... Troy Aikman....John Elway....
Okay, so the no.1 overall pick isn't exactly a pathway to an NFL championship (NBA, yes, NFL no)
In the last 25 years... only 6 no.1 picks have started in a Super Bowl with the team that drafted them. 2 of those six were on the Dynasty Dallas Cowboys team. 1 of those was Drew Bledsoe, and we know how he did in his only performance.
TWICE has the 1st overall pick been traded in the past 25 years. Both times the AFC West Rival - San Diego - made the movie.
The second move was more catastrophic. Eli Manning, who had been named the no.1 overall pick since signing at Ole Miss , did not want to play in San Diego. The Giants traded up for Manning. He has won 2 Super Bowls. The Chargers remained competitive, but have yet to reach one w/ Phillip Rivers.
Regardless of GM or Head Coach. I've said since the beginning. Owners draft QBs.
Most NFL owners relate to Quarterbacks. They were generals within their own career paths. They were at the hot spot of pressure.
Quarterbacks also cause spikes in ticket sales as well as merchandise. Indianapolis was able to take the loss of Peyton Manning fairly easily with the addition of Andrew Luck. The Chiefs have NOT had a Quarterback outsell a utility player in jerseys since Joe Montana. (Cassel came close but lose out to Larry Johnson in year 1).
The Hunts have been good owners to a fault. Marty Shottenheimer was consistent at putting one of the best defenses in the league on the field. The team suffered in 4th quarters when it was down 1-2 touchdowns. Montana, Grbac ,Green - the Chiefs preferred to have a Quarterback that was ready now than ready later. The philosophy , almost consistently was the ONLY option for Kansas City as well. They either drafted TOO LOW to actually get an impact player OR they already had a solid option at QB and didn't feel the need to develop under him. CASE AND POINT - Derrick Johnson in 2005 OVER Aaron Rodgers (Trent Green). Jon Baldwin over Andy Dalton (Matt Cassel). Bottom line - the Hunts don't hate the quarterback position, they just prefer not going into a season w/ a rookie starting QB out of fear that the fanbase might lose interest in the team.
The worst move? Might have been in the last draft 2012. The top 3 quarterbacks were taken. HOWEVER, Dallas (who signed 2 of our best players from 2011 ) traded up to St. Louis to get Morris Claiborne. It cost Dallas a 1st and 2nd round pick. Why should this matter?
Kansas City looked at Ryan Tannehill 3x prior to the draft. It was all but public knowledge that Miami (who hired Tannehill's former HC to become OC) would draft Tannehill at no.7. Some conventions might state that Miami was ready & willing to offer an equal trade to St. Louis IF Kansas City made a call to St. Louis. That is very possible. But St. Louis & Jeff Fischer could have bluffed and taken a deal from Miami ... .infact Pioli and Kansas City would have gladly taken that bluff if it allowed Claiborne, Barron, Kuechly to fall (the two players which were stated to be very high on Pioli's list).
To the present-future predicament
Matt Barkley and Geno Smith do not look like - and are not playing like - No.1 overall picks. It's been proven that both will struggle outside of their specific schemes.
When Smith's WRs were not physical enough against Texas Tech or K-State he wasn't able to complete accurate passes. When Barkley's line broke down, he appeared to lose focus and that caused INTs.
Smith and Barkley are the top 2 QBs in the NFL draft. The only QB on anyone's radar that could lift off (ala Tannehill) is AJ McCarron of Alabama.. McCarron has been subject to playing in a run first offense - but when he has been allowed to pass he's looked Aaron Rodgers-esque . Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, and Tyler Wilson appear to be sheep in wolves clothing - although they might be drafted higher.
Who will draft a QB in the 1st Round
Regardless of position in the draft. Clark Hunt will draft a quarterback OVER any other single skillset positional player. He doesn't have a choice. Manti Te'o might be the next Ray Lewis, but we'll likely draft a QB that grades lower in this year's draft than last year's 2nd-4th round QBs.