Following a prolific career at TCU, QB Andy Dalton was impressive at his pro day on Friday in which he went 49 of 52 with his passes. The three-time bowl game MVP is scheduled to visit with the Kansas City Chiefs before the draft, according to Fox Sports.
On one throw, he rolled out right and completed a 60-yard pass on the run, which is important when you look at his arm strength. The one legitimate knock on Dalton is his perceived lack of ideal arm strength. However, there are certain times when he has shown better than expected power on his throws.
During last month’s NFL Combine, Dalton connected on a few deeper sideline throws of more than 40 yards.
During this year’s Rose Bowl game against the University of Wisconsin, Dalton made several solid power throws, which opened some eyes of several personnel evaluators.
A source confirmed Dalton has upcoming private workouts scheduled with the Chicago Bears (Mar. 17), Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns (next week) and New England Patriots.
Even with Matt Cassel locked in behind center, the Chiefs seem determined to investigate their options behind him. On top of working out Dalton, Kansas City has also shown an interest in University of Minnesota signal caller Adam Weber.
Kicking the tires on someone like Dalton is interesting because any team that wants him is going to have to invest at least a third round pick. For a team like that Chiefs that still have plenty of holes to fill, it doesn’t seem likely that they are going to use a pick in the first three rounds on a player that will only see the field if someone else gets hurt.
To me, Dalton is an NFL quarterback. Maybe not next season, but sooner rather than later if he gets put in the right situation. The kid has done nothing but win and while plenty of people are happy to scream “system quarterback”, I’ll take my chances after seeing him get the job done for TCU with his arm and his legs the last few seasons.