The 2017 NFL Draft is officially in the books. With the 253rd pick, the Denver Broncos selected QB Chad Kelly of Ole Miss. But, is Mr. Irrelevant really a good title for Kelly? Probably not.
Many expected Kelly would be taken during the first few rounds. So, why was picked last? Kelly is coming off multiple injuries; last season he tore his ACL and earlier this month, he had wrist surgery.
Kelly also had off-the-field issues. He was dismissed from Clemson in 2014 due to detrimental conduct. He then went on to play at a community college in Mississippi for one season, before signing with Ole Miss.
Is Kelly NFL-Ready?
According to his NFL draft profile, Kelly had 4,042 yards, 31 TD, 13 INT passing; 500 yards, 10 TD rushing. He was second-team all SEC both his junior and senior seasons. He was also the Sugar Bowl MVP in 2015.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said Kelly was his favorite QB in the draft. Why?
“He beat ‘Bama twice.”
How did John Elway vet Kelly?
“I called his uncle and he said he’s a good kid.”
Kelly’s uncle is Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame QB. Jim Kelly was drafted the same year as Elway, the Broncos’ general manager.
Bottom line: If Kelly can get his medical and off-the-field issues under control, he has the potential to be a long-term option for the Broncos.