Denver Broncos draft QB Chad Kelly as draft’s Mr. Irrelevant
The Denver Broncos have drafted Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly with the 253rd and final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in a bit of a stunner…
The Denver Broncos made a bit of a shocking pick for Mr. Irrelevant and the 253rd overall pick in the draft by taking Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly is a talented player who was kicked out of Clemson once upon a time before ending up at East Mississippi Community College, the school famous for its series on Netflix called Last Chance U.
While at EMCC, Kelly led them to a national title and transferred to Ole Miss, where he was again a stud. His 2015 tape is some of the best of any quarterback in this year’s draft, and you can take that to the bank.
Back in March, I flirted with the idea of Kelly becoming a member of the Denver Broncos in a ‘high risk, high reward’ type of mock draft. Here’s what I said back then:
"Chad Kelly has made his share of off-field headlines over the last five years, but the talent on the field is pretty undeniable.There are definitely huge question marks here, but for a developmental quarterback, a sixth round pick could be worth the risk to try and get Kelly to get on the right track.He’s got a great arm and can make all the NFL throws required, and is a very good athlete. When you watch him play in 2015 with Ole Miss, he looks like a potential top 50 player. He was dominant that season, racking up 41 total touchdowns and beating Alabama, Auburn, and LSU in the same season.There’s a lot to like here, but definitely an off-field risk."
That mock draft also included Jake Butt, for what it’s worth, but I had him going in the third round…
Back to Kelly, who was yet another in a long line of great day three picks by John Elway in the 2017 Draft. This is a player that, as they say, can make all the throws. He has a live arm but he’s also an excellent athlete with escape-ability.
Kelly can make plays outside the pocket and deliver throws on the run, while also making plays with his feet.
The off-field issues are noted, but Kelly’s ability to play the game outweighs the risk at this point of the draft. The Broncos are getting a very talented player with a chip on his shoulder at very little cost with very little risk involved if it doesn’t work out.
That’s a great pick by John Elway and company.