Chad Kelly is an extremely talented quarterback, but would it be worth it for the Houston Texans to draft him?
Everyone knows by now about the off the field problems that have followed Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly around as he prepares for the NFL draft.
Kelly was charged with resisting arrest, menacing as well as several other counts after getting into an altercation outside of a Buffalo night club back in December of 2014.
NFL teams have placed a red flag on Kelly’s back due to concerns over his character. He wasn’t even invited to this year’s NFL scouting combine.
Kelly is an extremely talented player that would be a high draft pick if it wasn’t for the off the field issues. It certainly helps that his uncle is Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
Even though Kelly couldn’t show off his talent at the combine, he did get some good news this past weekend when he found out he’s healthy enough to throw at Ole Miss’ pro day
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NFL.com’s draft profile compares Kelly to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
The profile also says the following about Kelly:
"He’s hardly a scouting favorite based on reputation and inconsistency, but Kelly has attributes that could make him an eventual starter in the league if his personal and football character are kept in check. Kelly’s competitive nature and willingness to challenge defenses will lead to some hot-and-cold moments, but there is some talent to work with there."
I wonder if the Houston Texans would be open to taking a chance on Kelly if they’re unable to grab a quarterback they really like within the first few rounds.
When I think about it, as talented as Kelly is, I’m not sure that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien would be confident in Kelly to lead his team if he hasn’t shown that he’s changed his ways. It would all come down to how his pre-draft meeting goes if Houston brings him in for sit down interview.
If the Texans do take a quarterback early on and Kelly slips to the seventh round, it wouldn’t hurt to draft him and try to develop him. If he’s a failure, it’s not a big deal since all they gave up was a seventh round pick.