Geno Smith: Logical Landing Spots for QB After Kansas City Trade for Alex Smith

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Geno Smith of West Virginia throws during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Geno Smith is very much in play for every team in need of a quarterback at the 2013 NFL draft.

Heck, he might be in play in the first round for teams that don't necessarily need a new player under center.

As soon as Kansas City reached an agreement to acquire Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday (via ESPN), it took Andy Reid's team out of contention to select a QB with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.

After being the fastest QB in the 40-yard dash and solidifying his spot in the first round, the field is now wide open when it comes to Smith's place in the top 10.

Teams like the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills will be interested in drafting Smith, and there's a good chance others have inquired about trading up into the 4-7 range to select him on draft night.

The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be out the mix at No. 4, specifically because Chip Kelly has maneuvered a contract for former Oregon QB Dennis Dixon, restructured Michael Vick's deal and now has no noted suitors for sophomore-to-be Nick Foles.

Now that Smith won't be the 30th QB selected No. 1 overall, it's time to start playing the guessing game on where he will land. Here's an updated look at the most logical teams for Smith now that Kansas City is out of the mix.

Arizona Cardinals, No. 7 Overall

Since the Cardinals own the highest pick of teams without a clear starting QB, they are the most likely choice to take Smith with the No. 7 pick.

Kevin Kolb did an admirable job during the first part of the season before fading with an injury, but Arizona can start planning for the future with a new QB and a new head coach.

Although the Cards appear to be one of the teams interested in veteran QB Matt Cassel (via ESPN's Adam Schefter) after his release from Kansas City, that won't stop Bruce Arians and the new staff in Arizona from making the best long-term decision for the franchise.

The Cardinals have been linked with a QB for months following a very poor showing on offense in 2012.

There are two schools of thought on getting better at the position (upgrading with a veteran and drafting/molding a rookie), and after coaching Andrew Luck to immense success in Indianapolis during the 2012 season, my guess is Arians is leaning toward the latter.

That makes Arizona the perfect landing spot for Smith.

Buffalo Bills, No. 8 Overall

The only thing keeping Buffalo from Smith is Arizona.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick largely a disappointment since earning a hefty contract and the team no closer to dethroning the New England Patriots in the AFC East, QB is an automatic position of need during free agency and this year's NFL draft.

With C.J. Spiller emerging as a true unstoppable force in open space and Smith the perfect complement to that style of play in any read-option offense, the Bills would be able to evolve their running game to a completely new level—and we haven't even mentioned Fred Jackson.

As noted by's Ian Rapoport, Smith's speed fits right in line with the dual-threat offense that got all the way to the Super Bowl (San Francisco) and is taking the league by storm in other cities (Washington, Carolina):

One of the most likely scenarios could include Buffalo swapping up for Smith's services. If the Bills get wind of Arizona selecting Smith at No. 7, there's a good chance they might try to find a trade partner in the top six—namely the Detroit Lions or Eagles, two teams that need to address multiple holes and could benefit from an extra pick or two while only sacrificing 2-3 spots.

Cleveland Browns, No. 6 Overall

Yes, the Browns have Brandon Weeden. And yes, he's also 30 years old.

That alone would make Cleveland a popular choice for picking up a QB in the first round for a second straight season. The addition of head coach Rob Chudzinski makes it even more likely, specifically because of his role in Cam Newton's success in Carolina for the past two seasons.

Since the Browns do not own a second-round pick after the Josh Gordon selection in the 2012 compensatory draft, it might make more sense to trade away the No. 6 pick to the highest bidder and pick up a QB later in the draft.

Either way, the Browns are going to be in the mix, either through facilitating a trade that nets a team his services or selecting him themselves and finding a way to ship Weeden to another franchise in the process.

Since Cleveland does have the highest pick of any team on this list, it's situation is the most interesting with regards to selecting the former West Virginia star.

New York Jets, No. 9 Overall

The Mark Sanchez experiment has failed. The Greg McElroy one barely got off the ground, and Tim Tebow is as close to taboo in the Meadowlands as the dreaded Dallas Cowboys.

That should make the Jets extremely desperate to land this year's best QB.

With all seven draft picks, three QBs to use as bait to acquire more selections and a pick that is at least two behind other teams that also need a QB, now is the time to strike.

If I'm John Idzik, I'm probably on the phone with every franchise selecting 1-6 looking to do whatever it takes to be in position for a Smith selection.

After taking Smith, the Jets could focus on upgrading the offensive and defensive line in the later rounds of the draft, depending upon what the free-agent situation looks like at that point in time.

The Jets might have the lowest shot based on where they sit in the draft order, but don't count out the new regime from making a big splash and landing a player who played his home games in cold weather and has drawn comparisons to last year's rookie sensation—Robert Griffin III.

Like I said, the field is wide open for Smith.


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