Saturday morning when the Chiefs began the third day of the 2013 NFL draft they had hoped to lock down a quarterback. But when the Philadelphia Eagles jumped ahead of Kansas City to open the 4th round, they snagged USC Quarterback, Matt Barkley.
But that didn’t detour them from landing one of their of their other top quarterback prospects. So when the draft concluded, they hit the undrafted free agent market and landed talented Tennessee Quarterback, Tyler Bray.
His signing Saturday night took an interesting twist when early reports indicated Bray signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. But the Chiefs weren’t having any part of that. So they increased their signing bonus just enough to sway Bray to sign with Kansas City.
Bray comes to the Chiefs after a modest career at Tennessee. Though he never reached the plateau of alumni, Peyton Manning, he did manage to win some games for the Vols and even get his team to a bowl game. But overall, he never lived up to the bill as a top California recruit heading east to play in the rugged SEC.
But none of that matters now.
He comes to the Chiefs knowing he’ll have quarterbacks, Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, in front of him. So there’s no pressure on Bray to even think about competing for any other job in Kansas City than holding a clipboard and becoming a sponge.
And if the Chiefs are patient with Bray, he can absorb the tutelage of Head Coach, Andy Reid and offensive guru, Brad Childress, that could put the Chiefs new quarterback into a position to compete for a starters role in 2015.
That’s because Bray has most of the intangibles that Reid is looking for in developing a young quarterback. He has size, decent accuracy and decent touch down the field. But his mechanics are erratic, his footwork needs to be refined and he needs to add some upper body bulk.
Still this is a big signing for the Chiefs and one that already has fans excited in Kansas City.
(Unconfirmed) Undrafted Free Agent Signings:
Brad Madison,DE, Missouri
Rob Lohr, DT, Vanderbilt
Rico Richardson, WR, Jackson State
Josh Martin, DE/OLB, Columbia
Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas
Demetrius Harris, ATH, UW-Milwaukee (Basketball)
Jordan Roberts, RB, Charleston
Daryl Stonum, WR, Michigan
Toben Opurum, OLB, Kansas
Kaderius Lacey, RB, Alabama A&M
Darin Drakeford, OLB, Maryland
J Knowles, TE, Sacramento State
A.J. Hawkins, OL, Ole Miss
C.J. Jones, DB Texas A&M
E.J. Epperson, DE, Ole Miss
Raheem Stanley, DT, New Haven
Colin Kelly, OT, Oregon State
Will Matte, C, Indiana
TJ Fatinikun, DE, Toledo
Frankie Hammond, WR, Florida
Drew Terrell, WR, Stanford
Dayne Christ, QB, Kansas
Chiefs Round #6-7: Eric Kush, Braden Wilson & Mike Catapano
Chiefs Round #5: Cornerback Sanders Commings
Chiefs Round #4: Inside LInebacker Nico Johnson
Chiefs Round #3: Running Back Knile Davis
Chiefs Round #3: Tight End Travis Kelce
Chiefs Round #1: Left Tackle Eric Fisher
Out of Bounds: Chiefs Strike #1 Gold
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