Found January 26, 2013 on Down and Distance:
The Oakland Raiders coaching staff recently had the chance to coach several QB’s during the week of the Senior Bowl, so one would assume that they had a good look at the guys and the coaches would have an idea of which ones would best suit them if they decided to go that route in the draft. But at the end of the day, the QB they are reportedly interested in the most, skipped out on the Senior Bowl. Matt Miller reports that the Raiders are interested in West Virginia QB Geno Smith at third overall in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Raiders are reportedly high on WVU QB Geno Smith (AP Photo) As a football fan, I enjoyed what Geno Smith did this season for the Mountaineers, even though some would say he fell off towards the end of the year. He did a lot of good, took care of the football and made some tremendous plays. He fell victim in a lot of games to a bad defense that didn’t let the team shine to it’s potential. But, as a Raiders fan, I don’t want this to happen for a lot of the same reasons that he dealt with in College. Let’s be honest – The Raiders defense blows more than a working girl in Vegas. The corners are not NFL-caliber corners, we have a decent safety tandem, although it’s not the best, we have a few good linebackers aside from McClown, and the defensive line needs work. There is a ton of money poured into the  defense, and the Raiders are projected to be way over the cap, again. This means McKenzie is going to make more cuts on defense, making a crappy defense even worse. If we draft Geno, he’ll have the same results as he did in College. Great player, good stuff out of him – but he doesn’t play defense. I’ve been called a homer for my love of Utah DT Star Lotulelei, but even if we didn’t draft him I’d hope the Raiders picked up a defender. Especially at third overall. Some might say this team does need a QB, but I’d disagree, at least for the upcoming season. I was Carson Palmer’s biggest critic. I joked at times of trading him for a bag of footballs or even bringing Jamarcus back. Anything short of an MVP season was a failure in my eyes – until the season started. Palmer proved worthy of at least one more season as the Raiders starter. I saw a leader, and a guy that made some good plays. The offensive line wasn’t the greatest and he had no running game. Despite the situation he was handed he still threw for over 4,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. It was also announced that Terrelle Pryor would be competing for the starting job as well. From what I seen out of him preseason and the final game, he deserves a shot as well. I have no issues with Geno Smith, but several NFL scouts have told me that this QB class is not the greatest. Geno is a kid with a bright future, but I’m not sure I can live with the Raiders using a third overall pick for a guy that isn’t going to have the surrounding cast an RGIII or Russell Wilson has. The team needs a ton of work, and they are in a great position to help build the defense. The current QB situation isn’t Elite, but it is good enough to get them by at least one more season, where there is a better quarterback class.   Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Editor-in-Chief – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK The post Report: Raiders high on QB Geno Smith appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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