Chiefs GM John Dorsey: Alex Smith can be a top-10 quarterback

Is Alex Smith a top-10 quarterback? (USATSI)
Is Alex Smith a top-10 quarterback? (USATSI)

It's been awhile since someone used the words 'top-10' to describe a Chiefs quarterback. No one was using those words last season when Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn combined to lead Kansas City to a 2-14 record.

However, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey hasn't been afraid to use those words to describe new quarterback Alex Smith. Dorsey believes that Smith -- who's going into his first season with Kansas City -- has the tools to be one of the NFL's top-10 quarterbacks. 

"I believe he can be a top-10 quarterback, and here's why," Dorsey said, via USA Today. "I think he's got the athleticism. I think he's got accuracy. I think he's got really good reaction quickness. Once he gets comfortable with the offense, he reads defenses very well. I think the game's slowed down for him."

Before suffering the concussion that eventually cost him his job in San Francisco last season, Smith had completed 70.9 percent of his passes through nine games, a number that would have led the league if Smith had played the entire season. 

"He's a natural leader," Dorsey said. "I think mentally he's very quick. I think he's got a deep intellect. Guys naturally kind of go to him, and that's important, to have a position where guys kind of look to him and say, 'You know what? You're the guy.' He is the guy."

Dorsey also seems to think that Smith will benefit from not having any competition. Colin Kaepernick wasn't the first person Smith lost the starting job too in San Francisco, Smith also lost the job to Shaun Hill in 2009. 

"He's been through so much adversity," Dorsey said. "He's overcome it, and he's still fighting. And you know what? He's still got a lot of years left."

And those years might involve Super Bowls, at least according to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who said in June that he believes that Smith is a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. 

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