On the Monday mailbag edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we were asked if the Kansas City Chiefs should consider drafting a quarterback on day three that Andy Reid and company can develop into a capable backup or one they could potentially flip in the future.
Reid has been able to maximize the abilities of quarterbacks in the past. He does a great job playing to his quarterback’s strengths regardless of if it’s Patrick Mahomes or Chad Henne. If there’s ever a situation to showcase young, developmental talent, the stock on that player could rise and you might be able to get a good return on investment.
Reid has stated in the past that he prefers to have a young guy and an older veteran at quarterback. As Alex Smith aged, the Chiefs aggressively pursued their next quarterback. As Mahomes settled into the starting role for the Chiefs, they brought in a veteran in Henne. Mahomes still qualifies as a younger quarterback and benefits from the sounding board that Henne and veteran Matt Moore have been to him over the last few years. That hasn’t stopped the Chiefs from at least looking at some younger quarterbacks.
Jordan Ta’amu has been on and off the practice squad this last year. He’s a talented player who showed promise in the XFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks. To be frank, he’s got more potential and promise (and still is only 23 years old!) than the day three picks that are available in this particular draft class. If the Chiefs are going to flip someone eventually, Ta’amu has a better chance than players available in this class.
The Chiefs have signed 2020 undrafted free agent Anthony Gordon to a contract as well. They’re taking their swings on players like these — just without investing any draft capital. And the promise of these guys has me more interested than this draft class.
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