Will the Kansas City Chiefs Regret Not Selecting Matt Barkley?

By Dan Parzych
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Despite their acquisition of Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, there was plenty talk about whether or not the Kansas City Chiefs would select a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. While Smith will most likely be the starting quarterback for at least one or two seasons, it’s difficult not to wonder if they should have at least considered a quarterback for the future–especially USC‘s Matt Barkley.

Even though Andy Reid is denying the team’s interest in selecting Barkley, it’s safe to say there’s a good chance the team was highly considering the quarterback when he slipped to the fourth round before the Philadelphia Eagles managed to select him. When looking at Barkley’s situation, this is a quarterback that most likely would have been a top-10 pick if he didn’t return for his senior season with the Trojans–so the potential is certainly there.

The fact that Barkley threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 75 touchdowns over the last two seasons alone is the perfect example of just how talented Barkley is and Kansas City may regret not taking a chance on him down the road. To get a player like Barkley as late in the first round as the Eagles did may go down as one of the biggest steals of the draft and Reid can say whatever he wants–but everybody knows the Chiefs would have loved to have landed Barkley in the later rounds as a potential franchise quarterback for down the road.

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