Geno Smith Must Be Picked by Jacksonville Jaguars to Start the 2nd Round

Michael DulkaContributor IApril 26, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV - OCTOBER 20:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers is flushed out of the pocket against the Kansas State Wildcats during the game on October 20, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  The Wildcats defeated the Mountaineers 55-14.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Geno Smith wasn't selected in the first round of the NFL draft, but he won't have to wait long to hear his name called in the second round. With the 33rd overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars must add Smith to their roster.

The Jaguars passed on Smith in the first round to grab offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick. Based on the value of that pick, it made a ton of sense for Jacksonville. That team has multiple holes, especially in the trenches. Adding a top prospect at left tackle will give the Jaguars an anchor for the next 10 years and help to protect whoever ends up being their quarterback. 

The new front office regime could also look to add a new quarterback. Now more than ever, the fate of those in the front office is tied to the quarterback position. Adding Smith would give the new ownership group a chance at even more of a clean break from the previous group.

Without Smith, the Jaguars are looking at entering the season with either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne as their starting quarterback.

After some strong moments early in the season, Gabbert disappointed. In 10 games, he threw just nine touchdowns, while tossing six interceptions. Henne, who also played in 10 games, threw 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Gabbert has had two years now to prove himself as the franchise quarterback after being selected 10th overall in the 2010 draft. With Gabbert's career quarterback rating of 70.2, it's time for the Jaguars to move on and grab a new option for their franchise quarterback.

Geno Smith is far from a slam-dunk as a prospect, but he's well-worth a second-round pick. Smith is raw, but he has the physical tools need to succeed as an NFL quarterback.

Smith will need time to develop. Since they would be using a second-round pick to draft him, the Jaguars wouldn't need to rush Smith onto the field. Heading into training camp, he should be given every opportunity to compete with Gabbert and Henne for the starting gig.

The Jaguars will have multiple options with the 33rd pick. If they are set on a quarterback, they could go with Matt Barkley instead of Smith. With a more limited skill set than Smith, Barkley wouldn't be a smart addition.

The other options for the Jaguars are to grab a defensive player or trade down. No defensive player left on the board has the potential to change the franchise as much as Smith does.

If the Jaguars hit on Smith and he delivers as a consistent starting quarterback, this regime could finally end this team's run as a bottom-feeder.

With tremendous value in the second round, Smith gives the Jaguars a great chance to land a franchise quarterback.