Unlike so many recent drafts, where the No. 1 pick has typically been a quarterback-only race, this offseason has made slotting in the top quarterback a difficult task.
However, as the 2013 NFL draft draws near, the range for Smith's stock has appeared to solidify.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Smith "will be a top-five draft pick" and "there isn't any doubt about it." Furthermore, La Canfora reported that Smith is likely to go in the top three, with the Jacksonville Jaguars leading the list of candidates to take him.
For some, this news will come as no real surprise. Smith has always been the consensus top quarterback in this draft, and the need for a quarterback still lives on in several locations within the top five.
For others who struggle to find a landing spot for the talented yet flawed player, the revelation will be somewhat of a shock.
Regardless, if Smith truly is a lock for one of the top five picks, there should be a number of teams in the running to select him. Even a trade up from one of the other quarterback-needy teams is a serious possibility.
In the following slides, we'll run down the favorites to take Smith and then finish by selecting a front-runner.