You can blame the Kansas City Chiefs for drafting Todd Blackledge in 1983 over other quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. You can't blame the Kansas City Royals for not drafting an elite quarterback ... they were just a few years early. And the wrong sport.
OTD in 1979: The @Royals drafted Dan Marino (4th round) & John Elway (18th round). Neither signed.— Nick Kappel (@NickKappel) June 8, 2016
I knew that they had drafted them before but I didn't realize (or remember) that it came in the same year. You can read the Baseball Reference page for the Royals 1979 draft here.