Albert Breer of MMQB caught up with Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. The Chiefs GM gave some insight on the current quarterback class.
Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey is pretty good at playing things close to the chest. Yet, at the same time, he has a very clear way of explaining things so anyone can understand his thinking. This past week, Dorsey spoke with Albert Breer of MMQB about the quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL Draft. It gave us some insight into how Dorsey views this group.
On the whole, this draft class is not very highly thought of when it comes to the quarterback position. There are a few players who have caught some hype recently, but for the most part it is a disappointing group.
John Dorsey helped explain why that might be. The Chiefs GM told Albert Breer: “First off, what stands out, I think there’s only one guy that’s ever taken a snap from under center.” Now, that’s not 100% true, but I think it is safe to say that Dorsey was limiting this conversation to just the top prospects. In that case it’s true.
“Can they sit and regurgitate an offensive play?” ~ John Dorsey on readiness of 2017 quarterback class.
What is also true is that this is, in fact, a concern for many teams. While the many variations of the spread offense have taken hold at the college ranks, it’s not as true in the NFL. At the pro level, teams still run a variety of looks that call for a quarterback to be under center at some point of the game.
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A more troubling point that John Dorsey brings up is in regards to the limited amount of playcalling that these quarterbacks have done. Dorsey asked Albert Breer, “Can they sit and regurgitate an offensive play?” That is a major question that I have had about a number of the quarterbacks in this draft class. It’s a question that doesn’t present a ready answer.
John Dorsey went on to explain that he doesn’t see any quarterbacks in this class that are ready to play right away. That is a fact that distinguishes this class from previous years that have produced at least one guy who was ready. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any players who can be developed into starting talent.
There is a lot of public pressure on the Kansas City Chiefs to draft a quarterback early this year. However, this is a draft class that doesn’t present a lot of certainty in its options. There is no quarterback in this draft who doesn’t come without some very pressing concerns.
The Kansas City Chiefs still bring a very strong roster to the mix. It will be interesting to see if the team feels that any of these quarterbacks is worth taking a risk on. The team’s history says that they will likely draft at least one quarterback, though probably not early. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.