West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith is one of the hottest names on the block this draft season and he continues to be mentioned among the top five picks. Today, the team that will be selecting No. 1 overall in April threw their hat back in the mix for the top signal-caller.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid got the organization to make an aggressive move and bring in Alex Smith for multiple high draft picks because Smith was the quarterback he wanted.
But the Chiefs may not be done adding quarterbacks with high picks.
Reid spoke at the owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona and said that the Chiefs are not ruling out draft Geno Smith overall.
Our friends at Arrowhead Addict pointed us in the direction of this bit of news from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Andy Reid says he’ll evaluate 8-10 players for No. 1 pick. Asked why Alex over Geno Smith: “Doesn’t mean Geno is out of the water.” Smiles.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2013
So we now have the teams draft first, second, third, fourth and fifth-overall actively in the mix for Geno Smith.
Could this be posturing and gamesmanship trying to get a team to trade up to number one if they want the Mountaineers quarterback? Of course, but Reid could have bigger plans in mind.
It isn’t out of the question that Reid would draft Geno Smith first overall and then attempt to trade him like the San Diego Chargers did with Eli Manning. The Chiefs would then hold more leverage if a team was really interested in Smith. If no one came calling to take the quarterback off their hands, they would have a heck of a young signal-caller that could blossom into their franchise guy.