The Kansas City Chiefs currently only have six picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. With only six picks in the draft, it will be difficult for the Chiefs to fill all of the positions that need addressed.
While quarterback isn’t a necessity for Kansas City, it doesn’t hurt to think of the future. If the Chiefs decide to spend one of their six picks on a quarterback, A.J. McCarron would be an excellent choice.
McCarron played for Alabama for four years and ended his career with 9,019 passing yards, 77 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He led the Crimson Tide to back to back National Titles and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting this past season. McCarron is considered to be the sixth best quarterback in this year’s draft and is projected to go sometime in the third round (CBS Sports).
A.J. McCarron Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.94 seconds
Vertical jump – 28.0 inch
Broad jump – 99.0 inch
3-cone drill – 7.18 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.34 seconds
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
McCarron would be a good pick for the Chiefs because Alex Smith is doing a great job at quarterback right now. McCarron could sit on the bench for a few seasons and learn the offense and then step up when the time comes.
“An efficient game-managing quarterback who has shown he can carry an offense at times throughout his career, but more often is dependent on a terrific supporting cast. Grades out most highly for his intangibles and decision-making, knowing when and where to go with the ball, and could earn an NFL starting job.” – NFL.com’s ‘Bottom Line’ on A.J. McCarron
The only thing in the quoted paragraph that worries me is that if McCarron relies on a terrific supporting cast, Kansas City might not be a good fit for him. The Chiefs have a very poor wide receiving unit, which caused Smith and Jamaal Charles to carry the offense last season. Mel Kiper Jr. has even stated he wouldn’t be surprised if McCarron turned out to be a “right-handed Matt Leinart”.
Still, I wouldn’t be upset if McCarron came to Kansas City. He knows how to win and could bring that mentality to Arrowhead and help the Chiefs win some games years down the road.
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