Steve Wiseman at The State caught up with Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen and chronicled his unlikely route to the NFL.
Thigpen wasn’t sure his football career would last beyond high school, but now he finds himself with 11 starts as an NFL quarterback on his resume and a roster spot with the Chiefs. Not bad for a 7th round pick who was a multi-purpose player his senior season at Fairfield Central High in South Carolina and played in college at Coastal Carolina. Thigpen is still trying to wrap his head around the trip:
“You think about it as a kid. But with the way things were going, I didn’t think there was any way possible to be a quarterback in the National Football League.”
He wasn’t convinced he had made it even after hearing his name called by the Minnesota Vikings at the 2007 draft. Or after being given a second chance by his current team, the Kansas City Chiefs, after he was cut by the Vikings.
Still, the toughest part of his NFL story might lie ahead. The Chiefs’ woeful season led to coach Herm Edwards’ firing. The new coach is former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley. One of the first moves the Chiefs made was to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel in a trade with the New England Patriots. Thigpen is keeping an upbeat attitude that the competition will make both better players:
“I think it’s just the attitude that I bring to the table each and every day. Everything happens for a reason. You may not see the reason up front. But in the end it will all work out the way it’s supposed to like the good Lord said.”
It’s safe to say Thigpen’s story is just as compelling as Matt Cassel’s. Even if all the signs pointing to Cassel being the starter for the Chiefs this year hold true, it is still a great story that a guy like Thigpen is even in the league at all. And for the first time in as long as I can remember, I will not have any reservations about the Chiefs backup quarterback.
The various first round draft scenarios are coming in fast and furious. A couple jump out from the rest today. The first comes from Bob Lutz at the Wichita Eagle.
If the Rams take Aaron Curry, that might leave the Chiefs with an opportunity to fill a need at wide receiver and draft Michael Crabtree out of Texas Tech. Crabtree and Dwayne Bowe would give Kansas City their most explosive wide receiving tandem in years.
Also today, Sam Farmer at the LA Times theorizes USC Mark Sanchez might just end up in Kansas City.
Sure, it’s a longshot for a team that just traded for Matt Cassel, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that the Chiefs would craft Sanchez with the thought of trading him or Cassel to move down at the right price. That would take Denver out of the mix but pre-arranging a first round swap with the 49ers, Redskins or Bucs isn’t the craziest notion.
Sanchez said he hasn’t talked to the Chiefs since the scouting combine, but the speculation alone underscores just how unpredictable this draft will be.
I would love to have Crabtree playing in this offense, but even with Matthew Stafford and Curry off the board (under Lutz’ scenario) I would prefer Baylor tackle Jason Smith. With that being said, I’m not going to cry into my jersey on Saturday if Scott Pioli decides to go Crabtree over Smith. As for Sanchez, it makes for a good story but I don’t see any way the Chiefs draft him just to hold him for ransom. Trading with a team that wants to grab him before Seattle is the team’s best chance for a trade, but if there is not a trade in place by the time the draft clock hits 0:00 you can expect the Chiefs to take whoever they feel will be best for their team.
This year the Kansas City Chiefs have the honor of making the final selection on draft day, fondly known as Mr. Irrelevant. Over at the Daily Pilot, Steve Virgen looks back at last year’s Mr. Irrelevant and takes a guess at who the Chiefs will take at No. 256. The Daily Pilot is also co-sponsoring a contest that will award $500 for the right pick.
The past two Mr. Irrelevant picks have been on defense with LB David Bobora to the Rams last year and DB Ramzee Robinson being selected by the Lions two years ago. There hasn’t been an offensive line pick since 1992, when the Redskins took center Matt Elliott.
This year’s guess is going against the grain and is offensive tackle Ramon Foster of Tennessee.
Even after all these years, I still get a kick out of watching the Mr. Irrelevant selection and this year I’ll actually have added interest with the Chiefs making the pick. I’ll make my guess later on in the week, but Foster is a great choice even if history isn’t on his side.