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Kansas City Chiefs need to forget about a new Quarterback

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There are three days until the 2014 NFL Draft and speculation is rife around almost every club in the league.

But while most of the eyes are on Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and the Houston Texans, one man may have reason to be concerned about the outcome of this years annual recruiting drive.

Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith has been a name on everyone's lips on Monday amid reports claiming that negotiations between him and the franchise over a new contract aren't progressing well.

Several high profile NFL personalities are speculating over the possibility of the Chiefs using their first round pick - 23rd overall, to draft a younger Quarterback.

It is certainly a scenario that Smith will be familiar with, lets not forget how he was traded to the Chiefs by the San Francisco 49ers when they brought in a young man called Colin Kaepernick.

So now the question remains, should the Chiefs use their first round pick to draft a young and future franchise Quarterback?

Well before I get into the issue of Smith's influence at the Chiefs and what he could bring to them in 2014, there is a slightly bigger issue.

The Chiefs have the 23rd overall pick of the draft, but that is their only pick until the third round!

That means that out of the first 86 picks in the Draft, Kansas City will only have one so maybe the question isn't about which quarterback to draft, but about whether they should use their first pick to replace an already fairly strong position?

That however, is a question for the men who make the decisions at the Arrowhead Stadium, the question I'm looking at is, should they be looking to replace Smith in any way, shape or form?

Smith has only spent one season with the Chiefs but it could be argued that he has already brought some stability to the position.

Last season he threw for over 3,300 yards for 23 touchdowns - the best scoring season of his eight-year career.

The Chiefs as a team were as good as any other offense in the final two months of the season in 2013 and lets not forget, they were the final unbeaten team when they went all the way to a 9-0 record at one point.

Now I said that he has already brought some stability to the Quarterback position in Kansas, well shall we take a look at his predecessor?

The current Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Matt Cassel was the man in charge when the Chiefs went with an NFL worst 2-14 record in 2012.

True in 2010, Cassel threw over 3,100 yards and had an impressive 27 touchdowns but he never came close to that again and his final year in Kansas was quite frankly a disaster.

So I feel that the concept of replacing Smith right now is perhaps not the best of ideas unless of course you can happen to find a future great QB without using up a draft pick on a fairly stable position.

I think that with the Chiefs very restricted number of early draft picks, they should perhaps focus their attentions on other areas of the team and do their best to bring a successful end to the contract negotiations with Smith.

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