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Andy Reid is the perfect coach to develop a young and raw quarterback.
Learning from a coach as capable as Andy Reid would be the best start to life in the NFL for Smith. Reid has been a quarterback guru dating back to his days as Brett Favre's position coach in the 90s.
Reid helped develop Favre with the Green Bay Packers from a raw and untested prospect into a skilled playmaker. He later did the same thing for Donovan McNabb, as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now with the Kansas City Chiefs, Reid has the right weapons to do the same for Smith. Similar to the Bills, the Chiefs have two big-play talents in the backfield.
Jamaal Charles will be the primary focus of any defense that plays the Chiefs. Dexter McCluster is exactly the kind of pass-catching back Smith would quickly come to rely on.
In Dwayne Bowe, he would have a big target, capable of working horizontal routes over the middle. Reid would also be able to develop a multiple tight end attack around Smith.
Anthony Fasano and Tony Moeaki would be a pair of very useful targets. All this assumes the Chiefs will use the draft's top pick on Smith.
That's far from certain, especially after they traded for Alex Smith. However, Reid does still seem to have some interest in this year's leading rookie quarterback.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Chiefs met with Smith. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Chiefs were enamoured with Smith's passing ability and he even reminded Reid of McNabb.
Of course it's easy to assume any interest by the Chiefs is simply crafted to generate trade interest in the No.1 pick.
However, if that is the case, the Chiefs are certainly going to great lengths to make it seem plausible. Those lengths include hiring Brad Childress as a "spread game analyst."
That implies a willingness to implement a scheme similar to the one Smith thrived in at West Virginia. Even trading for Alex Smith could be part of smoothing the way for the rookie.
Remember the older Smith also ran a spread-style attack at Utah. He could be stopgap, while the junior Smith refines his technique.
Time will tell how realistic any of that is. Yet in terms of quality coaching, scheme fit and the right personnel, Smith and the Chiefs would be a great match.