The Kansas City Chiefs have added two quarterbacks to the roster after releasing Matt Cassel and letting Brady Quinn walk this offseason. The Chiefs made one of the biggest trades this offseason when they acquired Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs got another quarterback after signing former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who backed up Drew Brees in New Orleans.
At this point, it appears that the Chiefs won't even consider a quarterback with the top pick.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted Wednesday morning that Chiefs scouts are "fascinated" by West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Earlier this month, NFL.com league writer Chris Wesseling reported that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Smith is in consideration to be the top player taken by Kansas City.
Word from #Chiefs scouts: They're fascinated by Geno Smith, comparing him to a young McNabb. They love how he throws. Need to study deeper— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2013
Fans are asking themselves whether this is a smokescreen from the Chiefs or if the Chiefs are being serious in considering Smith.
If the Chiefs own the No. 1 pick when the draft begins and select Smith, it would shock everyone. The Chiefs traded away the 34th pick in the 2013 NFL draft and possibly another second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Drafting Smith with the top pick and trading a high second-round pick for Alex Smith would give Kansas City a great group of quarterbacks on the depth chart. However, seeing teams give up valuable resources for two quarterbacks is unheard of.
Having Geno Smith, who could possibly be the No. 1 pick, compete for a starting spot would not go well with football fans in Kansas City. Teams don't ever draft players with the top pick and have them compete for a starting job.
Teams draft players with the top pick expecting them to be able to step into that starting role.
What will Kansas City end up doing with the top pick?
But Kansas City could also be using its comments to try to draw attention from Jacksonville, Oakland and Philadelphia, all who select, in that order, after Kansas City. Cleveland and Arizona, who also pick in the top 10, are teams who should consider trading with Kansas City if they are seeking a new quarterback.
Trading with the Raiders would be the least likely scenario because they are in the same division. But if the Raiders are willing to pay a high price, the Chiefs may pull a similar move that the Eagles made in 2010 when they traded McNabb to Washington.
For the Chiefs, trading the top pick to a team that desperately needs a quarterback is the smartest option. It would allow general manager John Dorsey to avoid having to pay as much as he would if he drafted a player with the first pick.
Kansas City could also add to its selections this year or next year and make up for one of the second-round pick losses.