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Chiefs have formal interviews scheduled with several top quarterbacks in NFL Draft

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Kristopher Love | 05 March, 2017, 01:33

Tony Romo is healthy.

It's quite a challenge, after all, for fresh-out-of-college prospects to steal the spotlight when there are seasoned veterans who could be up for grabs.

It has been a mind-blowing 34 years since the Chiefs have drafted a quarterback in the first round.

At this point in the draft process, there is debate about whether any quarterback is worthy of a top-10 pick. DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes are in the discussion as well.

"From a high-level talent standpoint, there's not one of those guys in this draft", said Greg Cosell, senior producer for NFL Films and a respected talent evaluator. If it's by the Browns with the No. 1 pick, even better.

So when Clemson star Deshaun Watson displayed a natural self-deprecation dismissing his coach, Dabo Swinney, comparing him to Michael Jordan, it revealed humility often hard to come by for franchise quarterbacks. Like Mahomes, and really all the quarterbacks in this group, he needs some time on the sidelines and in practice.

"One thing that translates from college to the National Football League is winners, " Watson said. "And nothing against college football, they're doing well there..."

Too many of Watson's throws got away from him in college.

From the deep balls and gauntlet drills early (that scouts use more to evaluate receivers than the quarterbacks) to the slants, speed outs, digs, post-corners later in the workout, Watson consistently hit his receivers in stride. "We talk all the time".

He believes the Atlantic Coast Conference prepared him well for the next level, and he'd like to be the first quarterback taken in next month's draft. "You can trade both of them", Watson said directly to Garrett. Something he has done quite a bit throughout his playing career. Love that man. Had the privilege to get to know him this year. "That resulted in more interceptions, which is something you're going to have to endure when you make that transition".

"And who's to say this quarterback class can't be one of the best?"

Trubisky doesn't look at his limited experience as a starter as a deterrent.

Linebackers from University of Southern California, tight-ends from Notre Dame, fullbacks from Wisconsin and nose tackles from MI will all be weighed, measured and looked at in every way possible. Watson proved all he need to on the field, completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 10,168 yards and 90 touchdowns during his three year career.

Trubisky and Watson are two of the four prospects viewed as potential first round picks.

The former Clemson quarterback seems to have impressed.

"Well, I think I fit in right with the best of them, at the top", he said. How are they going to handle adversity. "They know I'm not just another quarterback running the spread offense".