Tyler Beckham Thigpen has been with the Kansas City Chiefs since 2007. He was drafted after playing his college ball for Coastal Carolina University. The Minnesota Vikings took Thigpen in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was the 217th pick overall.
Coastal Carolina first started it’s football program in 2003 and Thigpen was their first QB. In four seasons, he posted a record of 30-8 and in 2007 he was chosen as Big South Player of the Year. In 41 games, he passed for 6,598 yards, tossing 53 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He also ran for 13 touchdowns and was sacked a total of 46 times. He connected on 53.3-percent of his passes and in his senior season hit 64.0-percent of his throws.
After competing for the quarterback position with the Vikings, Thigpen was released by Minnesota on September 1, 2007. The next day, he was signed by Kansas City. He was knocked out of the 2007 season when he tore his MCL in practice. He became the third string quarterback on the Kansas City depth chart.
On 29th September 2009, he was traded to the team of Miami Dolphins. As of 2010, he has made 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has passed 2,811 yards and has a rating of 73.6.
At six-foot-one, Thigpen is a tad short for a NFL quarterback. Still at 224 pounds, he’s got some bulk on him. Durability is a concern but toughness and smarts are not. Thigpen is a mobile QB, who can throw a range of passes. He needs more work in refining his skills and in understanding defensive schemes, but his work ethic, athleticism and grounding in the game will go a long way in helping him develop. It’s possible that some day he could be a starter, but it’s more likely that he’ll be a very good second QB.