Originally Posted by JMT
Problem for Barkley is the large number of "projects" in this draft. This season did nothing to separate him from the likes of Smith, Jones, Manuel, Bray, etc. So why not take one of those guys in the 3rd and use your #1 pick on a guy who's going to anchor your offensive or defensive line for 10 years? The odds for success with that pick are higher and you still have a developmental QB in the fold.
I understand he had a senior slump and many potential Heisman QB's entering their senior year usually have that type of slump/unfortunate break. He's still one of the most prolific QB's in NCAA history and let's see how he does in the workouts/combine. I think he was just unfortunate with the injury issues and with the USC team not being as good as advertised hurting his on field stats, I think he'll emerge as the #1 overall pick.. If Barkley can be selected in the 2nd then so be it and draft him there.
I also don't think most the guys you listed will slip into the third, there's always those darkhorse QB candidates that enter the 1st round in almost every draft. Barkley, Smith and Bray will all slide into the first round imo. The chances of a developmental pick like Manuel panning out isn't really too high because a) This draft is weak in QB's b) The Chiefs don't have a legit veteran QB who can lead the team 2-3 years until the developmental pick is ready to take over C) The Chiefs have always been drafting QB's in the 2nd-4th rounds and none of them have panned out.
If it's any other team I'll suggest for them to grab a veteran QB like Alex Smith or Carson Palmer who can be a good stop-gap or a possible long term option but the Chiefs have always been trying that and it always fails for them.. Cassell, Quinn, Orton, Huard, Grbac, etc..