Why Kansas City Chiefs' Tyler Bray Will Win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

By Taylor Sturm
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Tyler Bray left the Tennessee Volunteers last year after a disappointing season in which Tennessee, home to one of the most explosive passing offenses in the country, didn’t even make it to a bowl game. The Volunteer defense was terrible, and some bad decisions down the stretch led to Tennessee’s poor performance. Bray left the Volunteers expecting to be picked in the 2013 NFL Draft. He wasn’t, but the Kansas City Chiefs signed him as an undrafted free agent.

There isn’t a better quarterback that was drafted this year; just remember what he did to David Amerson at the beginning of last year. Amerson, who in the preseason was expected to be the top cornerback, was torn apart and never recovered after leading the NCAA in interceptions the previous year.  He can throw the ball as long and as accurately as any quarterback who was picked in the draft this April. His major flaws are his decision making skills when he’s not passing well and his work ethic. Both of these flaws are things that other NFL players can work with him on to make better, and Kansas City knew that when signing him.

The Chiefs will start Alex Smith at the start of the season, but Smith isn’t the top caliber quarterback that Kansas City needs to be in playoff contention. Unfortunately for Smith, if the Chiefs start playing poorly he will be benched. Bray will get playing time sometime this season, and he will prove that he was overlooked. The Chiefs’ receivers are fast, and Bray has a huge arm. If Dexter McCluster and Dwayne Bowe can get behind the defense, he can get the ball to them every time. The Chiefs are built to let a young quarterback achieve great things.

Kansas City has an outstanding running back and offensive line, both of which are essential for a successful young quarterback. This will take some of the pressure off Bray’s decision making since he will be handing it off much of the time. Expect Bray, if he gets playing time early in the season, to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He just has that much raw talent, and Kansas City has such skilled players that would be around him.

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