According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Kansas City Chiefs are "unlikely" to use the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. In fact, the Chiefs appear to be more interested in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and are one of the top candidates to get him.
Cole also wrote that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said it is unlikely the 49ers will release Alex Smith, who is set to make $8.5 million in base salary and bonuses.
Despite winning just two games in 2012, Kansas City has an opportunity to look good offensively next season. The Chiefs have the AFC's leading rusher in Jamaal Charles in the backfield and a chance to bring back wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
With a new staff on board and the No. 1 pick in hand, they have an opportunity to establish a sound offense. The question is, who is the right quarterback for the Chiefs in 2013?
Many might be opposed to adding Alex Smith because of how poor his first four years in San Francisco were. He stepped up in 2009, though, and helped the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game during the 2011-12 season.
Smith led the 49ers to an 8-2 record in 2012 before suffering a concussion in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams. Then-backup QB Colin Kaepernick filled in for Smith and went on a rampage, becoming the 49ers' primary quarterback and paving the way to the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens.
In the past two seasons combined, Alex Smith has started 25 games and thrown 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Meanwhile, Geno Smith has had a tremendous career at West Virginia, throwing for 97 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in the last three seasons. During his senior year, he threw 42 touchdowns and only six picks.
However, Geno's numbers from his senior year could be misleading because he faced teams from the Big 12—which is not a driven league when it comes to defense. But does that mean Alex Smith is the better option?
No one really knows the answer to this until Geno Smith completes his combine workout on Sunday. He'll also follow up with private workouts and meet with teams, relying on those to help his draft stock. By that time, teams will know fully what they have in Geno Smith and whether he is worth taking with the No. 1 pick or anywhere in the first round.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid must make the right choice. The team has a lot of potential this season if the right quarterback is brought in.
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