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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: Chiefs must be thorough in search for QB

  • Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib make up CBS Sports’ list of top quarterbacks.

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  • Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib make up CBS Sports’ list of top quarterbacks.
    Wilson (Arkansas) has been the talk and was singled out at the Senior Bowl, a player many think the Chiefs could target.
    “Eventually, you have to play the game of football and not be a model,” Wilson told reporters about his hand size. “The deal is, can you throw the football with a large amount of velocity and with good accuracy? Are you tough, are you physical and can you lead the football team? That's what the quarterback position is all about and if you can do those things, you'll play on Sundays. It doesn't matter what your hand size is in my opinion. There are a number of guys who have had success in the National Football League and it's because they do those things, not because of what their hand size is.”
    Tyler Wilson is a precise passer. Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib also fit Andy Reid's West Coast Offense (WCO).
    The WCO requires a quarterback that's accurate, smart (quickly pick the best option) and executes what the offensive coordinator calls into him. It's less about the big arm.
    The dilemma facing Kansas City is when to take a QB. If the Chiefs like Geno Smith, but skip him in round one, there's nothing preventing Oakland from taking him before the Chiefs pick again.
    Tyler Wilson could fall into the second round, or he might not (the Bills and Cardinals need a QB too). Do you take the best available (Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M) first, or the best available based on what the Chiefs really need?
    Ask a Chiefs fan and quarterback is first choice, Reid has said quarterback needs fixed.
    “John Dorsey and I will get together. We were able to bring Dorsey to the Kansas City Chiefs,” Reid said. “I thought Clark Hunt did a phenomenal job throughout that whole process. He sat in on every GM interview and those things take up to eight hours to knock out so it's not just an easy process to do. He came up with John Dorsey.
    “John's track record speaks for itself while he was at the Green Bay Packers. He and Ted Thompson put together a phenomenal group of players that played for that organization. When you ask me that question, I'm going to have an opportunity to sit down and John who does this 365 days of the year. This is what he does is find players. I'll sit down with him and he'll coach me up on it and we'll come to the decision of who will be that No. 1 pick will be.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Again, when to take the QB is the quagmire.
    Missing out on the few that can play Reid's offense would hurt too. If the Chiefs pick a Wilson or Geno first, despite folks saying they're not worth the first overall pick, and they succeed, will it truly matter where they were projected?
    No. If Tyler Wilson wins nobody will care.
    By the numbers, taking a QB first doesn't compute, but exactly where did 49ers Colin Kaepernick or Seattle's Russell Wilson figure into last year's draft? They didn't.
    I'm depending on Reid and Dorsey to get it right, the personnel guys will need to dig deeper with their research. Banking on the Chiefs having trade partners for their No.1 isn't a guarantee either.
    Many have said it's a gamble; teams will be taking chances on QBs in this year's draft.
    Still, unless the Chiefs are looking for more of the same with Matt Cassel, Alex Smith or Matt Flynn, it's time to take a risk. I wouldn't hold it against Kansas City for taking a young QB first.
    “They need all the QB's they can get! A fresh kid out of college might be the answer,” said a Chiefs fan. “Stranger things have happened.”
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    Tony Moeaki could flourish under Reid in 2013.
    “Part of it is he coached the tight end position for so many years in Green Bay, he has an affinity for tight ends,” three-time Pro Bowler Chad Lewis, who played for Andy Reid in Philadelphia, told Pro Football Weekly. “He understands the language, he understands the technique, he completely understands. Andy has no problem manufacturing plays to the tight end that helps the running game and passing game.”
    “Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss, those guys are going to love Coach Reid. He loves tight ends and he knows how to get them the ball. It's going to be a lot of fun.”
    Fun? Over the past two seasons I've forgotten what that's like.
    If Moeaki and Boss can stay healthy, I look for them to help the offense quite a bit. In 2010, Moeaki had that Tony Gonzalez feel to him.
    We'll see.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     

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