Originally Posted by knickballer
Chiefs need to select Barkley and get it done with. If they can get him later that's another story but they can't keep neglecting the QB position in the draft. I think Barkley will emerge as the #1 overall pick and I don't believe he's regressed as the experts believe, it's just the usual case of the All-American QB who should have declared a year earlier to only get hurt and face adversity his next season.. Happens with almost every Heisman candidate QB in there 2nd or 3rd season.
It may be a reach but most of the time when selecting a QB it's exactly that.. Rodgers was a questionable pick at 24, Newton was a reach, Ryan to an extent, Stafford, etc.. You either have a QB or you're constantly looking for one
Yes the Chiefs need a QB, but this class is so weak that it would be a terrible mistake to take a QB #1 overall who doesn't deserve to be the first pick just for the sake of taking a QB.
Botching a #1 overall pick on a bust of a QB can really set a franchise back. Obviously a lot will change from now until draft day, but at this point if the Chiefs took Barkley it would be a bad mistake, IMO.
If they desire a QB #1, the pick should be Geno Smith. But IMO they should go another direction and try to get a QB in free agency (Alex Smith) and take a developmental QB in the 2nd or 3rd rounds (Tyler Wilson, Tyler Bray, EJ Manuel, Landry Jones, Ryan Nassib).
This draft obviously lacks a franchise QB, but it has a lot of QB's who could potentially start if they develop for a few years. Taking Barkley first would pressure the Chiefs to start him from day one and it wouldn't be pretty. He just doesn't possess elite or even great physical tools.