Given the abundance of needs on both sides of the ball, the ideal situation here would be a trade down to stockpile picks. Unfortunately for the Raiders, doing so is much easier said than done.
While this draft may not be overly strong at quarterback, there is no denying that the Raiders need to figure out their future at that position. Carson Palmer is getting up there in the age department, and as much as the majority of fans would love to hand the job to Terrelle Pryor, there is clearly a reason as to why the Raiders have not already done so.
Should they have no opportunity to trade down and have to stay at third overall, Geno Smith is the pick here.
Smith brings with him an athletic ability that can be put to use when needed, but is also a very underrated passer. His downfield arm strength and accuracy would be a welcome addition to the vertical offense that new OC Greg Olson will likely install, and should help the Raiders put to use the speed of their receiving corps.
Again, there seems to be a stigma surrounding the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, but they have to be looked at separately from the rare talent that we saw enter the league at the position this past season. Just because a prospect is not RGIII or Andrew Luck doesn’t mean that they can’t help their team in a big way.
Geno Smith would give the Raiders’ offense a chance at the stability that has long eluded them, and would be a smart pick in the first round.