2012 KC Chiefs QB draft prospect breakdowns....

Hey AP, I thought for our convenience I would put some information together in one place about the top few quarterbacks available to the Chiefs. I will use and a couple of other sites to provide commentary about the quarterbacks, and put a little snippet of my own after the real scouts breakdowns.

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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Tannehill is a converted quarterback after playing wide receiver for the first half of his career. It should be noted that Tannehill wasn't just some reserve receiver, he was the team's leading receiver the two seasons prior to becoming a quarterback.

Like you might imagine for a wide receiver turned quarterback, Tannehill has a very lean frame that will need to be bulked up to take punishment in the NFL. And while he is particularly mobile and fleet-footed when he decides to tuck and run, he certainly needs a lot of work with his mechanics and footwork.

Scouts can see the potential given his height, quick release and solid accuracy on short to intermediate, but his arm strength is lacking. On deep balls, there just isn't much accuracy and he seems to be aiming or guiding his long throws, rather than just letting it rip.

His stock is on the rise since he is leading the Texas A&M Aggies to plenty of wins, but when the tape comes on, reality sets in. You've got an inexperienced quarterback with a ton of potential who will need patience and coaching in order to be a full-fledged NFL quarterback.(

Tannehill is trending upward and has the potential to be a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

My opinion: I will not be upset at all if we draft this kid. He has started 19 games after being converted from a wide receiver. What is striking to me is the level of development and maturity he has shown in his game in the short time he has played. I think he is electric to watch and he very well could be a great quarterback with time.

He seems to be an improviser, and I get the feeling while watching him that he is going to make something happen. He makes quick sure decisions, and he has confidence. He would not be an immediate impact player and would require a 1st round pick. I think it is worth a gamble at this point that he will be a frachise QB. And realistically, we are not going to have many options at drafting a potential franchise QB. It may be a risk, but this guy has tremendous upside and I think the potential payoff is worth the risk. Plus you gotta take a chance sometime, and after Tannehill when do we get another take a chance...

With limited QB play he already is leaps and bounds above the 2nd tier talent



Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State

Brandon Weeden is 28 years old (a fact that more than likely will push him down draft boards), but that's not to say he has no future in the NFL. Weeden has a shot just like everyone else to have a career in the NFL.

As the leader of Oklahoma State's dynamic offense, he'll need to transition from a spread offense to a pro-style offense.

Weeden can make all the big throws, but sometimes need a lot of space to set his feet, wind up and make his throw. He displays a solid pocket awareness in being able to slide laterally and deliver the pass.

Accuracy is not an issue; he shows nice touch on short and intermediate routes. Weeden does well to keep his eyes moving through progressions and not locking onto where he wants to throw the ball.

Like many other college QBs, he will have to learn to deal with pressure up the middle by staying patient with his feet and make good throws with a shorter delivery. His feet need to follow his eyes, which can lead to bad throws. Weeden's mobility is limited and he is average at throwing the ball when on the move. (

Weeden projects as a third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

My opinion: I felt meh watching tape of him. In the grand scheme of things, my opinion means less than a piece of dust somewhere in klingon subspace, so take it for what it's worth.



Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

Projecting where Brock Osweiler will be selected isn't easy this far out from the draft. Demand for elite quarterbacks is extremely high and in the 2011 NFL Draft, four QBs went in the first 12 selections and six were taken by pick No. 36. This could push Osweiler into the first half of the first round or somewhere into the second.

Osweiler is a very tall quarterback with a cannon for an arm. For his size, he moves well outside of the pocket, but has sloppy footwork inside the pocket. He's so tall that his throwing motion feels (or seems) a bit elongated. He'll need to shorten and work on his throwing motion in order to be more consistent with his ball placement.

He's not ready at this time, but a good quarterbacks coach will do this young man wonders. Osweiler's problems are mostly tied to his fundamentals and nerves. He seemed to lack confidence in his receivers at times and didn't consistently stand tall in the pocket throughout his progression. He'll need to sharpen his ability to read defenses pre-snap.

All this said, when things are clicking, Osweiler has a nice touch with the football and great velocity. He's a natural competitor and leader who will grow into the position even though he's still a year away (

My opinion: This guy is big, but I felt that his mechanics looked a little crazy. He doesn't seem to go through progressions very well, and he also relies on a lot of swing outs to his running backs. I don't think a lot was asked of him. He does seem to be in command of the team, and has leadership intangibles, but at this point, that is kinda second to talent to me.



Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles has that prototypical NFL-ready size and arm strength that many scouts consider the foundation of any legitimate quarterback prospect. He doesn't have much mobility and will need time to adjust to a traditional NFL offense, but Foles is a very solid player who will certainly gain a lot of attention as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

Foles played in a pass-heavy offense at Arizona that at times was one of the better offenses out of the Pac-12 this season. Foles has very good accuracy from within about 20 yards. He can hit guys in stride, which of course allows them to make plays. When his feet are set, he puts good velocity behind his throws and Foles can certainly attack downfield with his strong arm. His deep range accuracy is lacking. At times, he is a bit of a chucker and sometimes, it looks like he's trying to place it. Either way, he needs to be more consistent with those big throws.

Before the snap, he makes pretty good reads and doesn't have problems checking down. He has a tendency to lock onto his first option so he'll need to learn to look off of other receivers. When Foles is pressured, his elongated release and sub-par mobility really become an issue. Given his size, you'd like to see him hang in the pocket just a bit more and keep his eyes upfield.

Foles is an interesting prospect that could sneak his way into early round consideration. He projects as a second round prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.


My opinion: Haven't watched any tape, but after reading the last sounds a little too familiar.

As if you can't already tell, my scouting opinion is worth about as much as Tyler Palko's rookie card, so I will defer to another poster who put up stats about where a qb was drafted and his success rate. Its go 1st round or forget it, to me anyways. The only guy I want here is Tannehill. I would be happy with Decastro, or Keuchly, or a few other people, but I think a gamble on this kid could pay huge dividends a year or two out. I think we have to take a chance somewhere, and I am guessing we will be picking outside the top 10 again next year

So, DeCastro lovers, Poe wanters, let it all out! What do ya'll think? .

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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