2018 NFL Draft

Report: Undrafted Vols QB Tyler Bray signs with Chiefs

Report: Undrafted Vols QB Tyler Bray signs with Chiefs

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after going undrafted Saturday, according to an ESPN report.

The No. 92 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com entering the draft and the No. 7-rated quarterback, Bray headed a star-laden group of underclassmen who went undrafted.

Projeced as a third-round prospect, Bray was one of several quarterbacks who slid dramatically during the three-day event due to a general lack of need for most of the 32 teams in the NFL. Florida State's EJ Manuel was the only quarterback selected in the first round, and former Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley fell all the way to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round.

Bray left Tennessee following a record-breaking 2012 season that included 3,612 passing yards and 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions with a 59.6 completion percentage. However, he appeared timid during his media session at the Scouting Combine. Failing to distinguish himself from the second-tier quarterback class, Bray was subject to a significant fall come the draft, and that's exactly what transpired.

It's a coup for the Chiefs, who were believed to be one of the few teams potentially interested in a quarterback entering the draft. They declined to select one with any of their eight draft picks and ended up as a great destination for Bray, who might well benefit from not being locked into a team that drafted him.

In Kansas City, he will have a chance to compete with five-year veteran Chase Daniel as the backup to starter Alex Smith. Daniel is 6-foot and has virtually no regular-season experience after backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans. Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney are also on the Chiefs' roster, neither of whom has played a regular-season down in the NFL.

If Bray was going to suffer through the indignity of not being drafted, he couldn't have landed in a better spot.

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