Chiefs Draft Needs/No. 7 – Quarterback

This is the seventh and final post detailing the areas of need on the Chiefs roster going into the 2013 NFL Draft. Previous positions were: Offensive tackle, wide receiver, defensive end, inside linebacker, free safety and running back.

The Chiefs needed an overhaul of the quarterback position after the 2012 season. That’s just what Andy Reid and John Dorsey have done.

Now, one can argue with the quarterbacks they have brought to the roster in Alex Smith and Chase Daniel. Combined those two will take home $12.3 million in 2013 in base salary and bonuses. That’s a lot of money for Smith, who struggled to achieve with San Francisco until Jim Harbaugh showed up in 2011 as head coach. And it’s a lot of money for Daniel as a backup, a guy that hasn’t made a start since his final college game at Missouri.

But the decision to trade for Smith and sign Daniel is a commitment that Reid and Dorsey have made. No such commitment is involved in the No 3 quarterback spot with Ricky Stanzi or Alex Tanney. Whether either one will still be around in September is a question mark that may be answered this week if the Chiefs decide to use a draft choice on a quarterback.

If it happens, it doesn’t figure to be in the early going, but something in the fourth or fifth rounds.

The picture at quarterback for the Chiefs

  • Quarterbacks currently on the roster (4): Chase Daniel, Alex Smith, Ricky Stanzi, Alex Tanney.
  • Seasons-Games/Starts: Daniel (4-45/0), Smith (8-80/75), Stanzi (3-0/0), Tanney (1-0/0). Games/Starts – 125/75.
  • Age: Daniel (27 in October), Smith (29 in May), Stanzi (26 in September), Tanney (26 in November). Average age in 2013 season: 27 years.
  • Contract status: Daniel (1st-year of 3, $3M sign bonus, $800K), Smith (2nd-year of 3, $7.5M, $1M roster bonus), Stanzi (3rd-year of 4, $555K), Tanney (2nd-year of 3, $405K). Investment in base salary for 2013 season: $9,260,000.
  • 2012 starts at QB (16): Matt Cassel (8) and Brady Quinn (8).

Here are the projections for quarterbacks that the Chiefs could draft in each of the seven rounds. The players were placed in the round where most of the league evaluators have graded that player. There is a listed selection for the second round, even though the Chiefs do not currently have a pick in that round; never know when a trade may come down.


Name School HT WT Note


West Virginia 6-3 218 Generally considered the best of a lame crop of quarterbacks.


USC 6-3 227 He might be the most ready to play as a rookie, given USC’s offense.


Arkansas 6-2 215 Bobby Petrino’s off-field stupidity wrecked his senior year chances.


Arizona 6-2 213 Very good athlete with good overall skills; a sleeper.


Oklahoma 6-4 225 He played a lot in Sooners offense and shows up


Miami, OH 6-3 231 Inconsistent, but when he’s on, he’s as good as any passer on the list.


Tulane 6-4 227 Little known passer, but he’s got a good arm and top skills.

4 Responses to “Chiefs Draft Needs/No. 7 – Quarterback”

  • April 25, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    So Alex signed for around 9 million a year???

  • April 25, 2013  - Niblick says:

    He signed with San Francisco last year at about 7.5MM per year as Bob stated. The Chiefs just assumed his contract. I think he has two years left, but I’m not positive.

  • April 25, 2013  - jimmydee says:

    Where’s my guy…..Manuel? Best feet, quickest release and comes from a good system that plays high caliber competition. Wow! To mentiion QB’s and NOT list him is….well, perhaps incompetent. Just sayin…..

  • April 25, 2013  - el cid says:

    Sorry to say this but Reid has to decide is there is anything with Stanzi other than as a clipboard holder. If so, so forget QB and get on down the road with Stanzi taking over in 2 years. If not, take a flyer on a kid, late in the draft, who is raw but has that big arm and potential to learn the rest.

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