The Kansas City Chiefs were shut out of the Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but that doesn’t mean they are done looking for a top QB this offseason.
It’s been known for a while the franchise would take a look at Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill sometime before the draft, but according to Peter King it will take place later on this week.
Bringing in Tannehill would finally deliver legitimate competition for incumbent Matt Cassel, something GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel talked about early in the offseason. However, that talk had quieted down with free agent Brady Quinn added clearly as a backup.
If the team plans on actually challenging Cassel with Tannehill or not may have more to do with their ability to draft the and less to do with how they feel about the Aggies signal caller.
The Cleveland Browns (No. four) and the Miami Dolphins (8) are ahead of the Chiefs in the first round and in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. There are also plenty of teams behind Kansas City that will be looking to trade up for a shot at Tannehill.
As the hype for Tannehill continues to build — some believe he could go as high as No. 3 — it will take a significant trade for Pioli to move up from No. 11.
The next question remains the same as it was with Griffin: is it worth the Chiefs giving up multiple picks to move up in the first round? If the team believe he can be their answer under center for the next decade, then the answer is absolutely “yes”.