Much ado about Geno

Posted April 05, 2013

Ok so flip says we don't talk about the Eagles as of late so I'm starting this thread. 

I know the idea of Geno Smith being brought to the Eagles has been talked TO DEATH by pretty much everyone so hopefully I don't catch to much flak for bringing it back up. 

I'm all for the Eagles drafting Smith actually, as long as Kelly truly believes that this guy is going to his long term answer at the QB position. We all know this is a QB driven league and teams start foaming at the mouth when a prospect comes along with huge upside. Just look at what Washington gave up last year to aquire RGIII. 

However, the years draft is night and day different from last year. This year has a feeling of being built more on hype then sure talent like 2012s class, and I think teams are starting to take notice. So lets go through the teams in draft order. 

The Chiefs gave up a high second round pick to get Alex Smith. Jags have shown commitment to Gabbert. The Raiders got Flynn and have Pryor both of whom they seem to be high on. Eagles have stocked piled 5 QBs. Lions are set with Stafford. Browns still have Weeden and Jason Campbell. Cards have acquired strong arm Carson Palmer as well as brought in Drew Stanton. Bill are taking a chance on Kolb. The J E T S  Jets Jets Jets are a M  E  S  S  Mess Mess Mess at QB but are still on the hook for a lot of money owed to Sanchez, they brought in Garrard, and still have McElroy and Tebow (who i'm assuming they are trying to trade). Titans like Locker and brought in Fitzpatrick after Buffalo let him go. Chargers have Rivers who while inconsistent at times still has a lot left in him if they put the pieces around him. The Fins have Tannehill who the verdict is still out on. Bucs have Freeman. Then is goes Newton, Brees, Bradford, Rothlessburger, Romo, Eli, Cutler, Dalton, Bradford (again), Ponder, Luck, Ponder (again), Rodgers, Schaub/Yates, Peyton, Ryan, Kaepernick, and Flacco.

My point in listing all those team is to show that virtually ever team either has THEIR guy, a guy they are high on, a guy they are comfortable with, or a guy they feel fills the need. Now a lot of "experts" expect Geno to be taken in the top 10 but they also seem to think that he is more like late first round talent. The problem is that there aren't teams between picks 20-32 that have that glaring need at QB (except maybe the Vikings).

So who could I see going after him? The Jags, Raiders, Eagles, Browns, Bills, Jets, and Vikings. They are all teams that have that guy they think will work for now if need be or a guy they are just comfortable with. Now I'm not a mind reader so Flip don't eat my lunch here, some of these teams (like the Raiders) may feel that they have their guy and he just needs some development. 

Either way this weak class mixed with needy teams grabbing guys who have started before or are thought to be guys who could start tells me that no one is all that high on Geno Smith. If they were I doubt they'd be bringing on guys who for all intensive purposes expect to start day one. If they were planning on drafting a Smith high in the first obviously he would then be the supposed day one starter. 

Back to the Eagles. If they do think he's their guy I think a perfect storm has been created for them to pass on him at 4. If they could make a move for him later in the 1st by trading up OR even letting it ride and watching him fall to them in the 2nd. Its a stretch and I think I heard that if it happens this would be the first draft since 2006 that a QB wasn't drafted in the 1st round.

I think teams are becoming more and more weary though when it comes to QBs and trying to make sure they draft smarter. Guys like Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Jimmy Clausen are making teams realize that guys can be over hyped and thus cause them to be over drafted. They are also realizing that good QBs like Kaepernick, Dalton, and Wilson can be found outside of the 1st. 

I don't think the Eagles, or any team for that matter NEEDS to reach on Geno Smith to get him, and if some other team does and the Eagles don't get him they still have options to get us though the next few seasons until they are able to find a guy who they either love or is worth the pick. 

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