OTC: Chiefs’ Draft Talk Focus Is QB / But Is Any QB Worth No. 1 Overall?

“2013 NFL Draft I think Andy Reid will draft another Syracuse QB, Ryan Nassib, but this time with the 1st overall pick to lead the Chiefs! From what I saw on film there is no way R. Nassib makes it to the 2nd round. I do not view QB Ryan Nassib as a late 1st rounder, but rather a Top Five pick & doubt he will be there at top of 2nd round. … my grade is not to get hype/publicity, just based on film.”
Russ Lande, @russlande, of ProFootballTalk.com
GH: I clipped together a handful of Lande tweets for his comments on Nassib above. Lande is a respected draftnik, but he is out on a limb with this pick. What I think this shows is that there is simply no consensus number-one pick at quarterback in this draft. Every expert has his/her favorite. Unless your Kevin Kietzman – then you just want any quarterback with the Chiefs’ first pick – even if it’s the wrong one. 

“I apologize, Mitch. I did not mean to talk quarterbacks with you today. I wanted to talk college basketball.”
Kevin Kietzman, while interviewing Mitch Holthus this week, 810 AM
GH: Just about every on-air conversation KK has had the past month devolves into the Chiefs needing to draft a quarterback with their first overall pick. I’m not saying they shouldn’t – I’m just incredibly bored with his endless browbeating on the subject. It would be different if Holthus or Clinkscale would attack his stance as passionately as he defends it – but they instead delicately tip toe about the subject as if KK signs their checks. Oh, right… 

“Tyler Wilson [from Arkansas] could go as high as 15. … It’s not like any of these quarterbacks are going to come in and have a stellar rookie season. There’s just not one guy who is blowing everybody away.”
Matt Miller, NFL insider for NFLDraftScout.com, reporting from the Senior Bowl, 810 AM
GH: It is stunning how many different QBs are being promoted as the first quarterback taken. Read on.

“If anyone in this class is going to get over-drafted it is Matt Barkley. I would not be shocked if he went number one at all. He is one of the most likable football players you will ever talk to. He’s personable, he’s a leader, his teammates loved him and he’s smart.”
Matt Miller, 810 AM
GH: Neither Barkley nor Geno Smith are among the six quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. And Geno Smith is listed as the number one quarterback on most of the draft boards I’ve perused.  

“I don’t like Barkley number one and I haven’t all year. But I don’t think you can rule that possibility out.”
Matt Miller, 810 AM
GH: A year ago Chiefs fans would have been very happy with the USC as their first pick. Has his stock dropped that far? Does his lack of a big arm hurt his sex appeal? How about the fact he’s another high-touted underperforming Trojan quarterback? Bingo. 

“Is there a quarterback worthy of going in the first round? That answer is probably, ‘No.’ But three, four or five quarterbacks probably will go [in the first round].”
Michael Schottey, NFL insider for BleacherReport.com, reporting from the Senior Bowl, 610 AM
GH: Wow – five quarterbacks gone before the Chiefs’ second pick? I think the Chiefs new GM, John Dorsey goes after a QB and makes Kietzman a happy man. 

“I thought you would like to know that Randy Covitz followed up his correct forecast of the Super Bowl entrants by winning more than $9,000 in a knockout NFL pool. Not bad for a $20 investment. The guy really knows the NFL. What a shame he is not Kansas City’s pro football Hall of Fame elector and Bob Gretz is. (Thanks to Carl Peterson).”
Chris, OTC Email
GH: Covitz is having a helluva year! First he nails Baltimore and San Francisco in SB47 [no easy picks there] and then he pockets $9K in an NFL knockout pool? Congrats to Randy.

“Football as we know it is going to change, definitely.”
Mike Greenberg, while discussing the lawsuit filed by Junior Seau’s family, ESPN Radio
GH: Lawsuits over head injuries will be the death of amateur football as we know it. It is simply a matter of when. Can the game change enough to make it safe enough for the lawyers? Maybe, but it will not be the same game. 

“I always say this, ‘Soup and good character are made at home.’”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: Herm never ate in my mom’s kitchen. She was a master at cooking up character, but her soups were all out of a can.

“Paul Finebaum, the afternoon host of Birmingham, Alabama’s popular WJOX sports talk radio station, is leaving one of Cumulus radio’s Southern sports powerhouses for a big payday from a competing station, 97.3 the Zone owned by Cox Communications. It’s a big move in sports talk radio because Finebaum brings in several million dollars a year in ad revenue on one of the highest rated sports talk stations in the country.”
Clay Travis, writer, outkickthecoverage.com
GH: That revenue number is just stunning to me. Several millions a year in ads on an AM station in Alabama? SEC football truly is one-of-a-kind.

“WJOX is screwed. 1st, no one wants to do a show like Finebaum who is as talented as Finebaum. 2nd, who wants to be the guy to replace him?”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenter, on Finebaum bolting from his current Alabama radio station to the competition across town, Twitter
GH: I don’t doubt that replacing a talent like Finebaum is going to be tough – but why wouldn’t sports talk jocks be lining up at the opportunity? I have never understood those in the media who shy away from opportunity. Sure, Finebaum’s shoes are big ones but so what? If you have the game, why accept an invitation to the Weedeater Bowl when you can play in the Rose?

“Les Miles contract extension: $4.3 million a year for 7 years thru 2019.”
Brett McMurphy, @McMurphyESPN
GH: These numbers still stun me. That is $30.1 million over the next seven years.

“Hey, Mizzou, think SEC football was good? Baseball America preseason poll: 2 Vandy, 3 Ark, 5 Miss St., 7 SC, 10 LSU, 11 UK, 13 OM, 17 UF.”
Ross Dellenger, @RossDellenger, Twitter
GH: SEC track and field is pretty good as well. Arkansas, A&M, Florida and LSU are in the top six for Indoor T&F this week. Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are also in the top 14. The SEC is pretty good at athletics.

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23 Responses to OTC: Chiefs’ Draft Talk Focus Is QB / But Is Any QB Worth No. 1 Overall?

  1. Jim says:

    KK’s constant rant on QB’s is just annoying. The stupidest thing about it? He doesn’t even say WHICH guy should be picked! How ignorant are you to scream about drafting a QB at 1-1, but not having an informed opinion about which guy it should be. Once again, KK’s douchery prevails.

    • Flea says:

      KK is not going to say a name, because then he could be proven wrong. This way, if the Chiefs pick a QB and the guy is good, Keitz gets to pat himself on the back. If they don’t pick a QB or pick the wrong one, he still gets to pat himself on the back because he can say the Chiefs should have taken the good QB instead of whoever they picked.

  2. MightyMo says:

    For once, I actually am on Kietzman’s side. Most people still think with the old paradigm – that the number one pick is a financial anchor, so you can’t reach. With the bargained for rookie pay scale, it isn’t any longer, so the downside is not half what it used to be. If you really expect the top 5 QB’s to be gone by round 2, then you either take the best one No. 1 or find a way to get two picks in the first round.

  3. Kyle says:

    Doesn’t matter. Even if KK is wrong, he won’t admit it.

  4. Orphan of the Road says:

    Jeff Garcia is working out with JaMarcus Russell. It is obvious Reid is all about second-chances. Probably work out as good as KK’s plan.

    Of course the Chiefs get the #1 pick in a year there is no consensus #1. The tackle from TXA&M? Resign Albert, he’s developed into a serviceable LT but could play any of the four.

  5. JP says:

    Take the best player available!!! If there was an impact QB then I would be agreeing with KK. I do think the Chiefs should take a flyer on a QB in the 2d round, but don’t waste the first overall pick on a potential project. The Draft Board will change as we go on, but this is where having competant people like Dorsey, Reid et al should start paying dividends.

  6. The Smartman says:

    The Chiefs WILL NOT draft a QB with the #1. 42 year old Jeff Garcia with a broken ankle and double ostomy bags is better than any QB in the draft.

    • Orphan of the Road says:

      JaMarcus & Garcia, even the Smartman is saying it!

      Nobody can make a sow’s ear look like a silk purse like the Red Head. AJ Feely, I was a believer after that SF game.

  7. Old Man Kissel says:

    I see the KK haters have come out in full force. Whatever…KK is laughing all the way to the bank everytime we see he has the No.1, sports talk show in the region.

    810 scoops 610 once again…

  8. Joe says:

    IF Reid is so great at “coaching up” average QB’s, you take one in the 2nd Round! Take a STUD with the 1st pick, not a “project”. JH

  9. Old Man Kissel says:

    KK Is the King of KC sports talk…deal with it.

    810 scoops 610 once again…

    • JP says:

      OK, whatever. I think Kissel is either KK’s Dad, Brother or KK himself. The fact is KK is not the expert he thinks he is. He had Denver in the Super Bowl, and are they playing next Sunday. Thought so. He also ragged on the Andy Reid hiring initially. For the Chiefs to take KK’s advice as expert commentary would be a long term mistake.

  10. Merle Tagladucci says:

    The ideal scenario is trading down, preferably with Miami or St. Louis. Miami has the #12 pick plus two 2’s and two 3’s. St. Louis has two 1’s – #16 and #22. Make a deal. Load up on picks. Grab a QB at #12 or #16.

  11. Doo says:

    Hey Greg,

    Finebaum left because his station was taken over by Cumulus in the last year or so. Cumulus is about the absolute worst radio operator in the country. They’re run by the Dickey brothers, and there’s been a lot written about them in the last five years. One of their most vocal critics is Jerry Del Colliano, a veteran of the broadcast/media industry who has kept track of this company’s (mainly, the Dickey brothers) shenanigans.
    My guess is that the Dickeys wanted major concessions from Finebaum to continue his show on WJOX. The Dickey’s modus operandi is to gut the radio stations they have, or have aquired, of nearly all local programming personnel and talent. And the ones who do remain, work on the absolute cheap. I bet they wanted Finebaum, and his crew, on the really cheap.
    The reason why is that the Dickeys have a severely overleveraged media company, and they actually borrowed against their already debt-burdened operation to aquire Citadel Broadcasting in late 2011/early 2012. Finebaum was with a Citadel station before the Dickeys took over. I did read one article which hinted at big disagreements between Cumulus and Finebaum.
    His contract ran out, and is serving a three-month noncompete in the Birmingham market. If he does sign on with Cox Radio (an infinitely much better radio company according to industry insiders) in Birmingham, he could do damage to competitors.
    I would say Finebaum doesn’t want to keep getting Dicked with anymore, so he’s one of the few folks that can stick it to some guys that are seriously ethically challenged.
    (Just think Dickeys=Maloofs, absent the alcohol and drug-fueled antics. But both seem adept at extracting all value from their business enterprises to fuel their outsized lifestyles.)

  12. MightyMo says:

    At this point, I’d go with Smith. But I am a little biased, because I haven’t seen an accurate thrower in KC in since TG.

  13. Larry Mondello says:

    I think the Chiefs would be better off drafting a Dalton or Kaepernick in the 2nd round than Gabbert or Sanchez in the 1st.Take the BEST player period.

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