Geno Smith's Most Likely Landing Spots in 2013 NFL Draft
Would anywhere Geno Smith gets drafted surprise you at this point? It is possible to find Smith's name projected all over the first round in mock drafts.
This is a very unique situation. After all, the West Virginia product is widely regarded as the draft's best quarterback. The premier quarterback in a draft class is not supposed to have to enter draft day with any concerns about where he will be drafted.
The biggest reason for the need to speculate on his draft status is the question mark looming over his potential. Smith played in a quarterback-friendly system at West Virginia that allowed him to pad his stats with easy short passes.
While Smith would routinely hit those passes and any others he was asked to make with great accuracy, he could also go long stretches where he would miss them. That inconsistency is a big concern.
However, there is no doubting that the youngster has the chance to be an excellent NFL quarterback. Here are the three places where he is most likely to begin that journey.
No. 3: Philadelphia Eagles with Pick No. 4
With Chip Kelly coming in as an offensive-minded head coach, there is no doubt he would love to find a quarterback to start building around.
Michael Vick is clearly nearing the end of his career, and Nick Foles is more of a pocket passer than the kind of quarterback one would normally associate with Kelly's spread offense.
Smith is an intriguing possibility. While he is not a natural runner, he is athletic and has the mobility to make opposing defenses respect the run.
However, I think his lack of elite running will mean he is not on top of the Eagles' draft board. But I can certainly see them taking a shot on him if the draft's top two offensive tackles are off the board.
No. 2: Buffalo Bills with Pick No. 8
The Bills brought in Kevin Kolb to presumably handle the quarterback duties this upcoming season, but I don't think anyone expects them to look at the oft-injured 28-year-old as a long-term solution at quarterback.
The Bills need to find a signal-caller they can build around, and Smith has that kind of talent.
The addition of Kolb will take any pressure off the Bills to play Smith before he is ready. This will allow him to hit the film room, work on his reads and continue to build his accuracy and mechanics in practice.
This would be a solid fit. However, I see the Bills likely passing on the quarterback with their first pick, and ultimately, I see Smith landing on our next team.
No. 1: New York Jets with Pick No. 9
Let's say the New York Jets are sitting at No. 9 and Geno Smith is on the board. Are they going to sit there, knowing that they don't have a legitimate starting quarterback on their roster and that they have two first-round selections, and not draft the best quarterback in the class?
They can't let that happen. The Jets have to find a quarterback who doesn't make fans want to put bags over their heads.
This team has a plethora of holes, but if it doesn't improve at the quarterback position, filling the rest of the holes isn't going to matter much.
If Smith is still available when the Jets are on the clock, they can't let that opportunity pass them by.
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