INDIANAPOLIS — New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid needs a quarterback. The draft might not have one worth taking with the team’s first overall pick.
Would the Chiefs consider trading the pick?
"Listen, yeah, we're going to evaluate everything," Reid said. "We're just not going to give it away. So, we'd have to see what people throw our way.
“It's a pretty valuable pick, I'd say."
The draft does not have an Andrew Luck-like or Robert Griffin-esque quarterback at the top. The strength appears to lie on the offensive and defensive lines, with two OL prospects — Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel and Alabama OG Chance Warmack — topping many best-overall draft lists.
Reid said what he had heard about Joeckel — that he was talented — matched what he saw on tape.
“You can see he’s a good player,” Reid said.
But at some point he must find his quarterback. Reid said he has evaluated the quarterbacks on his roster currently. The Chiefs have Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, who flip-flopped (and mostly flopped) in the starting role a year ago, plus untested Ricky Stanzi (zero regular-season attempts in two seasons).
"I had an opportunity to go through and look at our quarterbacks,” Reid said. “I think (former chiefs GM) Scott Pioli really did a good job of bringing guys in and giving us an opportunity to win games with some of the guys that are there."
Reid said the Chiefs, though, will look at all avenues to find their starter if the quarterbacks on the roster are not deemed good enough to cut it.
"We're going to go through the whole process of looking at the college kids who are here, free agency and any trade possibilities that come up," he said.
Going the veteran route at QB is a strong possibility. But who will be available? The 49ers appear willing to move Alex Smith, according to GM Trent Baalke.
“We're going to look at all options available (with Smith),” Baalke said. “Are we going to trade him for sure? That hasn't been decided.”
As for Nick Foles, who started last season for Reid in Philadelphia, Reid might be out of luck. New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said he wants to coach Foles, and GM Howie Roseman, Reid’s former coworker, indicated that trading young quarterbacks is not their typical way of doing business.
“We like (Foles), we like a lot of things about the player, he's a young player in the league and we're trying to accumulate good players,” Roseman. “We're not in the business of trying to get rid of our good young players.”
Even Reid seemed resigned to the idea of Foles not being a possibility.
“He’s not available," Reid said. "You just had Howie up here, so I think you know that. I’m glad you asked the question. I miss that. Listen, Nick is the property of the Philadelphia Eagles, and I think they like him.”
Chiefs GM John Dorsey is slated to speak to the media on Friday.
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