ESPN West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, projected by many to be the first quarterback selected in April’s NFL draft, is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday. It’s the first stop on his “World Tour,” as he labeled it in an interview with USA Today Sports last week. He said he’ll “be going Monday to Friday, working out for different teams.” The Chiefs hold the No. 1 overall pick and new coach Andy Reid said his team has not closed the door on picking Smith in that spot. “I hope Kansas City is legitimately interested. I hope I go No. 1, but, hey, we’ll see,” Smith told USA Today on Friday in a telephone interview. “The Chiefs are bringing me in, so I’m going in there thinking that they’re interested [in me], because I am in them.” Smith threw for 4,205 yards and led the nation with 42 touchdown passes for the Mountaineers this past season. He impressed at West Virginia’s pro day March 14, completing 60-of-64 throws in a workout attended by all but three NFL teams. The Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles also conducted private workouts with Smith earlier this month. Smith told USA Today that he will meet again with the Bills this week. It’s unknown what level of interest Buffalo still has in selecting Smith, however, after agreeing to a two-year, $13 million contract with quarterback Kevin Kolb on Saturday. Smith also told USA Today that he met with New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and front office executive Terry Bradway before his pro day, but nothing “extensive” was discussed. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and coach Chip Kelly are among the NFL decision-makers to give positive reviews about the quarterback after meeting with him. “All of the teams have been really impressed with me, they’ve all said good things,” Smith told USA Today. “I’m not going to put my hope or my eggs in one team’s basket. All of them have shown a high level of interest. It’s not a case where I know of one team being more interested. We’ll just have to see on draft night.”
Smokescreen Alert! Smokescreen Alert! I am telling the world right now, there is a ZERO percent chance that the Kansas City Chiefs select Geno Smith with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. This visit holds two purposes, one due diligence to make sure that the Chiefs check out the top prospect at every position in the 2013 NFL Draft so they can make an informed decision and not screw the selection up, and two to attempt to get quarterback needy teams to trade up to the first overall pick to select Geno Smith. I’ve got news for the Chiefs, nobody is trading up to the first pick in the draft to select Geno Smith, it is not going to happen. The Chiefs already acquired their quarterback this offseason, when they sent their second round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for Alex Smith. In a draft that is weak at the top, but deep in the middle rounds the Chiefs will desperately try to trade out of the first overall selection, but they will not find a trading partner. I think the first overall pick comes down to which offensive tackle is rated higher on the Chiefs board, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, and Andy Reid will be critiquing both players at length to find the best fit.
The Chiefs inviting Smith for a visit is a smokescreen. And not a good one. They are hoping that another team falls in love with Smith, wants to trade up to the first overall pick to select him, allowing the Chiefs to get a good player in the first round while acquiring a second round pick to make up for the one they lost in the Alex Smith deal. It’s unlikely to work, but it probably should have been done, just in case Geno Smith gains momentum later in the draft process and a trade opportunity presents itself.
As for Geno Smith, he had better hop that this rumored Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders trade is not completed, because if it is he may be waiting a long time on draft day. If Flynn is traded to the Raiders, then they would not select Smith with the third overall pick, removing a potential landing spot. If Flynn is traded to the Raiders, Oakland would then release current quarterback Carson Palmer, and the rumor is that he would then sign with the Arizona Cardinals thus removing another potential Geno Smith landing spot with the Cardinals’ seventh overall selection. If these two rumored moves take place, and the Buffalo Bills (who just signed veteran Kevin Kolb) do not select Geno Smith with the eighth overall pick, Smith could be waiting a long time until he hears his name called on draft day.
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