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Would Chiefs consider Tannehill in first round?

Kansas City has not drafted a first-round QB since 1983. Terry McCormick

Print This April 08, 2012, 04:59 PM EST

The Kansas City Chiefs have long taken other methods than the first round of the draft to fill the quarterback position.

There have been stop-gap measures, later-round picks, trades and free-agents who have been under center for the Chiefs for the past 29 years. But not since Todd Blackledge bombed out back in 1983 as a first-rounder have the Chiefs spent a first-round pick on a quarterback. But that could change this year, says the Kansas City Star.

They could be a potential contender for Ryan Tannehill, the Texas A&M quarterback who has been rising in the eyes of experts as the guy who could be the third quarterback selected in the 2012 draft behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. The Browns at No. 4 and the Dolphins at No. 8 are also potentially in play for Tannehill.

Currently, the Chiefs have Matt Cassel, free agent pickup Brady Quinn and 2011 draft pick Ricky Stanzi. Cassel is the starter, but his hold on the job appears at least somewhat tenuous.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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