Tyler Bray: How Will Chiefs Newest Quarterback Fare in the Pros?

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2013

September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman John Jenkins (6) hits Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray (8) as he throws in the second half at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite obvious talent, character concerns contributed to Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray's fall down draft boards.

After going undrafted, Bray signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs


Pro Outlook

Bray has the arm strength to rival any quarterback in this year's draft class. However, his accuracy is inconsistent and his football intelligence has been questioned by many. 

According to Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey, at least one team had removed Bray from its draft board entirely. 

One scout just texted that his GM refuses to even consider Tyler Bray (QB Tennessee)…called his whiteboard interview the worst he'd seen.

— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) April 28, 2013

Bray's character concerns, outlined here in Ryan Lowne's scouting report, likely also contributed to his draft-day fall, and he will need to mature before he's ready to be the leader of an NFL locker room.


Fantasy Outlook

Bray can launch the ball down the field, so if he ever winds up in a starting role then he will be a relevant fantasy player. Right now, though, Bray's NFL future is very much in jeopardy. He'll have to battle for the third-string job in Kansas City, so it's far too early to speculate on his fantasy impact.


Roster Outlook

Alex Smith is entrenched as the starter, at least for now. And Chase Daniel was recently signed as Smith's backup. 

That leaves Bray, Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney to compete for the third-string job. 

Stanzi and Tanney are holdovers from the Scott Pioli/Romeo Crennel era, so Bray may have a leg up on the competition since he was hand-picked by Andy Reid's staff. 

The Chiefs are also bringing former Kansas and Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist in for a tryout, according to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune.


Pick Analysis

There are no shortage of red flags with Bray, but as an undrafted free agent there is also no risk involved. He either gets his act together, stays out of trouble and dedicates himself to learning the nuances of being a professional quarterback, or the Chiefs kick him to the curb.

Grade: A