Top Landing Spots for Geno Smith in Round 2

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IApril 26, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 17:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the game on November 17, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Geno Smith was shockingly not selected in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft, but you can be sure he won't stay on the board long in Round 2. 

The former West Virginia signal-caller was widely considered to be the top quarterback in this year's draft class, but he was passed over 32 times on Thursday.

E.J. Manuel was the only quarterback to be selected, which was also a surprise. The Buffalo Bills drafted him with the No. 16 overall pick after trading their No. 8 overall pick to the St. Louis Rams, who picked up Tavon Austin. 

Now Smith will wait another day to find out which team he'll be playing for in 2013. With that in mind, let's look at a few teams that could be interested in selecting him in the second round.


Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 33 Overall)

Smith might not have to wait long at all on Friday evening. He was linked to the Jaguars as a potential No. 2 overall pick before Thursdays' action. 

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller was one of many who thought Smith would be selected with that pick:

Jacksonville is in need of a quarterback, too.

At this time, Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert are slugging it out for a shot at starting next year, which doesn't bode well for this franchise.

Henne has a career passer rating of 74.9 and has thrown 42 career touchdowns compared to 48 interceptions. Gabbert has a career passer rating of 70.2 and has 21 career touchdowns and 17 interceptions. 

Neither quarterback gives the Jaguars a legitimate chance of competing for the AFC South divisional crown, and it's time for this franchise to move in a different direction. 


Philadelphia Eagles (No. 35 Overall)

The Eagles have Michael Vick and Nick Foles, both of whom may be a good fit for Chip Kelly's offense. 

That said, neither player is Kelly's "guy," so to speak, and he may be interested in grooming a player of his choosing. Smith has been rumored to be on this team's radar.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is one draft analyst who thought Smith would be a good fit with Philly before the draft, though he did make the distinction that it might not be in Round 1, via's Dan Graziano:

A year on the bench, digesting the nuances of Kelly's offense, is a perfect transition for him. If Smith lands on a team that's set on having him start right away, he could be in trouble. But if he lands in a place where the organization has patience and the coach is content to mold Smith's talents, he could be a good one. Philly could be that place, but that doesn't need to be with the No. 4 pick.

Maybe Kiper knows what he's talking about...

Smith would be a great fit in Kelly's offense, and you shouldn't be shocked if the Eagles land him on the second day of this year's draft.


New York Jets (No. 39 Overall)

It's no secret that the Jets are lacking talent at the quarterback position. 

David Garrard—a man who hasn't taken a meaningful snap in the NFL since 2010—may be the team's best option to start the season. 

Mark Sanchez looked like a broken man last year, and his infamous "butt fumble" will go down as one of the worst plays in NFL history. 

New general manager John Idzik might be wiling to roll the dice on Smith—should he fall to this point in the draft—and let him sit behind Garrard for a year or two. 

Once Smith is ready for prime time, he'll re-energize a fanbase that is in desperate need of something to cheer about. 


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