It seems the more we look into the 2012 NFL Combine the more we connect the Kansas City Chiefs to quarterbacks. On the pro side, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel didn't shoot down anything when asked if the team would have interest in Peyton Manning. And on the rookie side, the Chiefs interviewed the top three quarterbacks in Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill.
We can add another quarterback to the list -- Brock Osweiler. Several media outlets reported that Osweiler interviewed with the Chiefs at the Combine, along with the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills.
Osweiler comes from Arizona State and he comes in big -- just under 6'7" and weighing in at 242 pounds. Physically, he seems like he's in the right spot, which jives with what SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has said -- Osweiler has as much potential in this draft as anyone.
He's a tall, strong-armed athletic passer with a quick release and a lot of room to grow. What keeps Osweiler from being an elite-level quarterback prospect is a lack of experience and some accuracy issues. It's concerning that Osweiler didn't take a hold of Arizona State's quarterback job until the latter part of the 2010 season. Because of his lack of experience, he has some technical flaws and often works just the first read. With the right coaching and enough reps, though, Osweiler could develop into a very good NFL quarterback.
Just one season of starting experience is concerning. So is the fact he couldn't win the job until late in the 2010 season. And that he's leaving school early. All those are little red flags for me, especially the lack of experience. That's really the No. 1 thing I want to see -- how many games did a prospect play and how well did he do in those games? The rest of the stuff is important but the tape is what really matters at the end of the day and Osweiler doesn't have as much on tape as you'd like. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said this week that you really want at least 25 starts from a quarterback.
One thing is certain, though. Drafting Osweiler would give the Chiefs some of the best quarterback tattoos in the game (with a nod to Ricky Stanzi, of course).