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The Chiefs sent a large entourage to Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts Tuesday for the Boston College Pro Day. Herm Edwards, Carl Peterson, Chan Gailey and Dick Curl, along with a host of other NFL coaches and scouts, focused on former Eagles quarterback Matt Ryan, a player the Chiefs could select with the fifth overall pick in next month’s NFL draft.
When Gailey was hired last January to rebuild KC’s offense, he had a positive opinion of incumbent starting quarterback Brodie Croyle. So why did the Chiefs take a long look at Ryan Tuesday? Are they serious about drafting a quarterback who might not be ready to start an NFL game for two or three seasons?
It’s possible the Chiefs could simply be blowing smoke in an effort to make other teams believe they would take Ryan, which would increase the trade value of their first-round pick. If KC is serious about picking Ryan, however, the team would be doing precisely what owner Clark Hunt wants – getting young quarterbacks in the pipeline.
Those are questions that will play out between now and April 26th when the Chiefs are on the clock. But they have an obligation to look at every possible scenario, including quarterback.
There aren’t many who believe this year’s class holds a franchise-caliber passer, but that didn’t matter to Ryan, who told the Boston Globe he thought his workout went well.
“It was the first opportunity that I had to throw in front of the scouts live,” he said. “I went out there and had 52 passes. I thought I showed that I could make every throw you need to make in the NFL. We went through the entire route tree and showed that I could throw on the run.”
Ryan didn’t play at the Senior Bowl nor did he throw at the Indianapolis Combine, so Tuesday was his first appearance in front of NFL scouts since the Champs Sports Bowl game.
“It’s all stuff they can see on tape,” said Ryan. “I just wanted to show what I could do in person.”
Edwards said he felt Ryan pressed some throws, but still likes his ability to win.
“That's the thing you like about quarterbacks - some guys win, some guys don't,” said Edwards. “You can look at all the stats, arm strength, you can look at all the different things, but at the end, can he win games? This guy has done that."
The Chiefs’ head coach went on to say the pressure of performing in front of so many NFL scouts and coaches was good for a young player to experience.
“It used to be 10-15 years ago, the workouts, five people were there,” said Edwards. “Now, depending who you are, what school you're at, and where people slate you being drafted, it becomes this. Which is kind of good, because it puts a lot of pressure on the kids, and the game everyone plays, there is going to be pressure on them.”
Ryan was not the only player at BC’s Pro Day the Chiefs were interested in. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, who Kansas City spent time with at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, was present. After losing out on free agent center Justin Hartwig late Tuesday afternoon, the team is still searching for three starters along the offensive line.
Cherilus would fit in as a massive player who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 315 pounds. He could be on the board when the Chiefs pick early in the second round, or may slide to top of the third round.
In other Chiefs News:
CB DeAngelo Hall - Forget any thoughts about DeAngelo Hall in a Chiefs uniform. Late Tuesday he fired his agent and hired Alvin Keels, Larry Johnson’s agent. That re-energized contract talks with the Raiders, who have agreed with Hall on a contract worth $70 million. Oakland will send Atlanta their second and sixth-round picks in April’s draft as compensation. The Raiders continue to spend despite being $28 million over the salary cap.
K Jason Elam - The Chiefs remain interested but the Atlanta Falcons are now reportedly a strong suitor for the former Denver Broncos placekicker. The Chiefs have already missed out on Josh Brown, who singed a mega-deal with the St. Louis Rams, and aren’t sure at this point if they’ll retain last year’s stop gap, John Carney.