One of the most interesting developments to watch on draft weekend will be where Chad Kelly ends up.
The nephew of Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Chad is a St. Joe’s graduate and Ole Miss quarterback who is one of the true draft wild cards. Kelly has an NFL arm, but significant concerns about his off-the-field behavior and injury history figure to push him to the third day of the draft, if he gets selected at all.
"Yeah, we're going through it," Bills coach Sean McDermott said last week when asked about Kelly. “We're still going through it with Chad. Obviously, I know what he did in college but that's another guy we're going through the makeup on and getting to know him and whatnot. I really haven't gotten to Chad and his total makeup, but that will be handled," before the draft.
McDermott recently went to dinner with Jim Kelly, so he could have gotten some background information then.
CBS Sports ranks Kelly as the 10th-best quarterback prospect in the draft. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock expects to see him drafted Saturday.
“I think somebody is going to draft Kelly in the sixth or seventh round and get a really talented kid who, two to three years from now, might compete for a starting job,” Mayock said.
The champ is in the building
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of 22 players scheduled to attend the draft. He has a good shot at being drafted in the first round, and is in the running with North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes to be the first quarterback picked.
Watson led the Tigers to the 2017 national championship, winning MVP honors in a 35-31 victory over Alabama. If he gets drafted in the first round, he’d become the eighth quarterback to do so along with starting and winning a national championship.
The most recent of those shows doing so does not guarantee pro success. Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston (2015 out of Florida State) and Carolina’s Cam Newton (2011 out of Auburn) have had success, while Denver’s Tim Tebow (2010 out of Florida), Tennessee’s Vince Young (2006 out of Texas) and Arizona’s Matt Leinart (2006 out of Southern Cal) were first-round busts.