Todd McShay's 2015 NFL mock draft came out and while he does not have the Kansas City Chiefs taking a quarterback -- like ESPN's Mel Kiper, he has them taking former Mizzou WR Dorial Green-Beckham -- McShay mentioned the Chiefs on TV as a team to potentially keep an eye on regarding Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
Now I notice that NFL.com's Bucky Brooks names the Chiefs as a team who could be a fit for Mariota.
Quarterback is not a top priority for the Chiefs, thanks to the presence of veteran Alex Smith. But coach Andy Reid's track record for developing athletic quarterbacks (Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Smith) could make Kansas City the perfect landing spot for Mariota. The veteran coach does a great job teaching young passers the fundamentals of the position while tailoring the offense to suit their skills. Smith, who has experience adjusting from a spread offense in Utah to the various systems he's played in as a pro, could also help Mariota. With a perfect support system in place to foster Mariota's growth and development on the practice field, Kansas City could be the ideal environment for him in the long run.
The Chiefs extended Alex Smith's contract last year. There is some discussion among fans what Chase Daniel's future will be given his nearly $5 million cap number. And then there's Tyler Bray, who tore his ACL, and Aaron Murray, who was a fifth round pick last year. With Terrelle Pryor signed as well, the Chiefs quarterback depth chart shows they're more likely to be cutting quarterbacks than adding them.
Absent a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning type of player, the Chiefs are always going to be connected to quarterbacks under Andy Reid. You could take Brooks' statement above and apply that to most quarterbacks in the draft because most quarterbacks would benefit under a coach, like Andy Reid, who is good with quarterbacks.
Having NFL analysts connect the Chiefs to quarterbacks is good for me because people like to click and read about quarterbacks. But I don't see the Chiefs being a player for one in the first round this year.