This offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs traded a second-round pick to secure their current starting quarterback. They didn’t part ways with anything to get their potential quarterback of tomorrow, though.
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent back in April, Tyler Bray could develop into the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in the not-so-distant future.
A big part of why Bray slipped through the cracks of the 2013 NFL Draft was his off-field issues. Throughout his time at Tennessee, Bray consistently found his way into trouble away from the football field, including a situation where he was seen throwing beer bottles at parked cars. Not exactly what you want to see from a potential NFL prospect.
Still, the physical tools are there.
Possessing a cannon for an arm and the prototypical NFL size, Bray brings a lot of intrigue to the table for the Chiefs. During spring, the undrafted rookie also showed notable accuracy and received rave reviews from coaches by the end of OTAs. The Chiefs are hoping that playing at the professional level will wise up the 21-year-old and bring out the vast potential that he displayed with the Volunteers.
At this point in his young NFL career, Bray has a pretty good shot at stealing the No. 3 job from Ricky Stanzi. He might not supplant Alex Smith as the starter or even Chase Daniel as the backup anytime soon, but is putting on the early showing during training camp the Chiefs were hoping for. Staying consistent and showing continued improvement throughout training camp and the preseason will be key for Bray.
The fact remains that Smith isn’t a long-term option at quarterback. If Bray can keep his head on straight and stay out of trouble off the field, the Chiefs’ starting job could eventually fall into his lap.