There’s no mystery that the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t been quarterback friendly lately. They have favored free agency and trading rather than the NFL draft to find their passer. Here is a fact that most people outside of Kansas City are unfamiliarity with.
The Kansas City Chiefs have not drafted a quarterback in the first round since 1983.
Whether or not that is a good thing or a bad thing is an opinion. But it is a fact, the Chiefs have not used a first round draft selection on arguably the most important position in sports in nearly 30 years. They have tried Hall of Fame veterans like Joe Montana, over the hill quarterbacks such as Dave Krieg and now a former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith. Many Chiefs fans feel like the team continues to sign “recycled” quarterbacks instead of drafting a young franchise quarterback.
The last time the Chiefs drafted a quarterback in the first round they chose Todd Blackledge with the seventh overall pick.
The Pittsburgh Steelers did not draft a quarterback in the first round from 1981 until 2004. During that 23 year time period the team did not win a Super Bowl. When they finally did draft a quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger) in the first round they won two Super Bowls. Coincidence? I think not. The NFL is a quarterback driven league. That’s why quarterbacks are the highest paid players on the team. Now the Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick and it appears as if they will yet again pass on a quarterback.
Over the years the Chiefs have passed on many franchise quarterbacks in the draft. Those include Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Joe Flacco, Brett Favre and many more. Chiefs management has made it obvious that they want to build from the inside out. They want to go the old school route, but the problem is it’s 2013 and quarterbacks are all the rage.
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