Where the Chiefs' QB Depth Chart Stands Heading Into Draft

Here's a look at how the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback depth chart is shaping up ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Unsurprisingly, Patrick Mahomes is atop the Chiefs' QB depth chart.
Unsurprisingly, Patrick Mahomes is atop the Chiefs' QB depth chart. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the teams to watch ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft as they gear up for a potential Super Bowl three-peat. Head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach have done a terrific job at creating a modern-day dynasty, which would be possible with Patrick Mahomes' world-class play under center.

Even though Mahomes' presence means the Chiefs don't necessarily need to worry about their quarterback room, it never hurts to add another arm. If Kansas City believes that a certain QB prospect can strengthen the roster, you can bet that Veach will be all over that.

With that in mind, here's what the Chiefs' QB depth chart looks like ahead of this week's draft.

1. Patrick Mahomes

Imagine opening this article and expecting to see anyone but Patrick Mahomes at the top of the list.

Mahomes, 28, has been one of the league's best QBs ever since taking over the Chiefs' starting job in 2018. The two-time NFL MVP continued his ascent to immortality in 2023 by throwing for 4,183 passing yards and 27 touchdowns (to 14 interceptions) across 16 starts. Although it wasn't his best performance, it was still impressive given how weak the wide receiver room was.

But even if his regular-season showing wasn't the best, Mahomes did what he does better than anyone else: step up in the playoffs. The former Texas Tech product racked up 1,051 yards and six TDs with one INT across four postseason starts as he delivered Kansas City's third Super Bowl victory in the last five seasons.

It's safe to say that Mahomes isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The passing savant is under contract with the Chiefs through the 2031 season and there's little reason to believe that he won't still be playing at a high level once his deal is over.

If the rest of Mahomes' career is just as good as the start, we might as well put him at the top of the NFL's all-time QB depth chart.

2. Carson Wentz

After being labeled as the Philadelphia Eagles' franchise QB in 2016, Carson Wentz has become a journeyman in recent years. He signed a one-year deal to join the Chiefs back in April, marking the fifth NFL franchise he's been a part of since 2020.

Even though Mahomes is the game's best quarterback, having a reliable backup is never a bad idea and that's exactly what Wentz is. The ex-North Dakota State product brings a ton of experience to the table (93 career starts) and even finished third in 2017 MVP voting in a year that he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles.

Outside of playing in blowouts and a potential Week 18 start, Wentz likely won't see much playing time with the Chiefs. The good news is that he's proven that he still has some juice left in the tank if he's forced to make an appearance, having thrown for over 5,400 yards with 40 TDs to 17 INTs in 25 starts with the Colts, Commanders, and Rams over the last three seasons.

At the end of the day, Wentz is the type of insurance policy that'll help the Chiefs breathe easier going forward.

3. Ian Book

After a solid college run at Notre Dame, Ian Book was drafted 133rd overall by the New Orleans Saints at the 2021 NFL Draft. Although he showed signs of promise with the Fighting Irish, it's safe to say that the El Dorado Hills, CA native's professional career hasn't panned out as expected just yet.

Despite only being drafted three years ago, the Chiefs are already the fourth organization that Book has joined. The 26-year-old signal-caller was signed to a futures contract back in January after being released from the New England Patriots' practice squad back in September.

It's hard to judge Book's outlook since he's only made one NFL regular-season appearance. He started against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 of his rookie year, completing just 12-of-20 passes (60%) for 135 yards, two interceptions, and a 40.6 passer rating.

For now, it looks like Book is poised to be the Chiefs' QB3, but that doesn't mean his role is guaranteed. There's always a chance that Kansas City could draft another quarterback or even invite an undrafted rookie to training camp to challenge Book for his spot.

4. Chris Oladokun

The Chiefs' fourth and final quarterback on their depth chart is none other than Chris Oladokun.

After a collegiate career that was split between South Florida, Samford, and South Dakota State, Oladokun was taken 241st overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022. His stay in the Steel City didn't last long, though, as he was promptly released before the preseason even finished.

Fortunately, it didn't take the Tampa, FL native long to find a new home as the Chiefs signed him to the practice squad eight days following his release. He's spent the majority of the last two years as a practice squad member, only being elevated to the active roster once for a game where he didn't play a single snap.

Even if Oladokun's NFL career hasn't amounted to much, it's clear that the Chiefs see something in him. They re-signed the 26-year-old to a futures contract in February, leaving time to tell if he'll have the opportunity to compete for the QB3 spot this summer.

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