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INDIANAPOLIS — If you're a quarterback who hopes to land with the Chiefs, you'd better not duck out of the workouts during the NFL Scouting Combine.
Speaking to a group of reporters at the Combine Thursday afternoon, the Kansas City general manager said that he personally downgrades QBs who are healthy yet avoid participating in the Indy drills.
"I'm just a firm believer that when you have an event like this when all the teams are going to be here, if you're a competitor, come out and compete, just come out and compete. If you're good, you're good," he said.
This year, many of the top QBs have decided not to work out, though guys like Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen have legitimate excuses because of injuries suffered during the 2009 college season.
But for others, such as Florida's Tim Tebow, Pioli is not fond on their choice to sit out this week. Although the Chiefs are unlikely to take a quarterback early in this year's draft, those who spend their time at the Combine on the sideline likely can cross the Chiefs off their list of potential homes.
"I understand the reasons that some of the players and some of the agents feel that players shouldn't compete here," added Pioli. "But to me, if you're a competitor, if you're good, you're going to be good."
QBs, consider yourselves warned.