The Kansas City Chiefs finished the regular season with the worst record in the National Football league last season, and holding the number one overall draft pick in this years draft, many have wondered who they might select to be a future franchise player. Whether it be West Virginia’s Geno Smith, or Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, Andy Reid’s decision come April will define the franchise’s future for years to come.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs made a unofficial trade between each other for quarterback Alex Smith. Smith proved his efficiency while a starter in San Francisco, and yet, after a light injury, was benched for athletic phenom quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick throughout the latter half of the season, and managed to be a part of the first ever brother vs. brother Super Bowl.
Now, what do these two scenarios have to do with each other? More than one might think. Now that Alex Smith is a part of Andy Reid’s Chiefs, this now topples the rest of the dominoes that were once ever so still. Matt Cassel, the former starting quarterback for Kansas City, is now seeing his way out the door, and could end up as a backup for the Arizona Cardinals. Former Notre Dame standout Brady Quinn, is now also packing his bags, and could be headed over to a team such as the New York Jets, to compete for a starting job. As for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, once projected to the Chiefs with the number one overall selection, that choice now seems in doubt. Smith will find himself with a team such as the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, or perhaps the Arizona Cardinals.
Another impending issue that most do not see on the horizon, is the 49er’s quarterback quandary. As most coaches have painfully had to witness throughout a career, mobile quarterbacks have a certain risk factor to them, and former Nevada standout Colin Kaepernick is no such exception. Kaepernick has failed to play a full season thus far, and will be put to that test in week one of next season. Many quarterbacks such as Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III have seen themselves violently hit, play after play, only to find themselves sitting the bench due to injury. But the question that Jim Harbaugh must figure out soon, is what happens when his prized draft selection goes down in battle? The number two quarterback on the 49er’s roster is now former Wisconsin Badger Scott Tolzien, who is suited best as a number three, and if ever saw the field as a number one, would be plain embarrassed in his present state of skill. The benefit of this year’s draft class, is while there is no consensus number one quarterback, there is certainly value in the later rounds. Late round quarterbacks such as Duke’s Sean Renfree and Vanderbilt’s Jordan Rodgers could very well see themselves in San Francisco, as insurance to the risk that is Colin Kaepernick.