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Bills meeting with Chad Kelly, nephew of legend Jim Kelly

Chad Kelly
Jesse Reed
Written by Jesse Reed

While the Buffalo Bills are hot on the trail of some of the top quarterbacks from the 2017 NFL Draft class, they’re also spending time getting to know some of the guys further down the totem pole. This includes spending time with former Ole Miss gunslinger Chad Kelly, who just so happens to be the nephew¬†of legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.

Based on talent alone, Kelly might be considered among the top passers entering the NFL this spring. He had some huge games for the Rebels playing against top SEC competition in 2015 and 2016 before an knee injury (ACL) derailed his senior campaign.

Starting 22 games between those campaigns, Kelly passed for 6,800 yards with 50 touchdowns and 21 interceptions and often showed off his elite arm strength with gorgeous rockets down the field.

Character and injury concerns have his draft stock hovering extremely low, however. In addition to being dismissed from Clemson’s program in 2014, he pled guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a bar in Buffalo in 2015 and was at least partially involved in a brawl at his brother’s high school football game last year.

Then an unfortunate wrist injury suffered this month required surgery and will keep him from throwing passes for three months.

Suffice it to say, it would not be surprising whatsoever if Kelly ends up going undrafted this April. Still, given his talent and heritage, we do expect the quarterback to end up on an NFL roster this summer. And it would not be all that surprising if he ends up in Buffalo, given the team’s uncertainty at this key position.

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Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed

Managing Editor here at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker, Foxsports.com and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.