Chad Kelly has a reputation not that far off from Johnny Manziel.
An NFL team that drafts him for his talent on the field would also draft the potential issues he might have off of it. Kelly’s name was recently brought up with a fight concerning his brother on the field at his old high school. The nephew of legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, he was reportedly also kicked off his high school team and was dismissed from Clemson following a public event where he was seen yelling at coaches.
NFL teams can trust him, Kelly recently said In an extensive profile of Kelly by MMQB but his swagger is also a selling point. Here is what he would say in a mock interview with an NFL general manager.
“I have it all. I might not have the same mojo as your basic quarterback, but I feel like I bring a different type of swag to the team and the players around me. I have friends all across that field. When I go out there on the field, I play with a different attitude that you usually don’t see in a quarterback. I play with a swag they’ve never seen before.”
And you know what the GM is going to ask next…
“Off the field,” Kelly says, not missing a beat. “Can we trust you?”
“I think you can,” he says.
Kelly led East Mississippi Community College to a national title before enrolling at Ole Miss, but two weeks after he committed was arrested after a bar scuffle. Now in his senior season, an NFL team will likely give him a shot. He threw for over 4,000 yards with 31 touchdowns for the Rebels last season. He’s already over 2,000 yards in 2016 though struggling a little more with 15 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.