Ah, the NFL Draft season. All NFL teams and their front office’s lie, it just gets worse everytime the calendar flips to the month of April. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs are “fascinated” by West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Everyone with a high draft pick is always fascinated with every player this time of the year so they can get another team to bite on a potential trade in order to acquire more draft picks.
Rapoport tweeted, “Word from @Chiefs scouts: They’re fascinated by Geno Smith, comparing him to a young McNabb. They love how he throws. Need to study deeper.”
These are scouts that have watched hours of tape on many players, knowing they possess the first overall pick in the upcoming draft. Head coach Andy Reid knew that he had to upgrade his quarterback position and surrendered two high picks in order to get Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. There is no way that the Chiefs give up two draft picks for Smith and then select Geno Smith first overall and sit him on the bench.
You select a player first overall and expect him to play right away. The Chiefs scouts had to be thinking about the quarterback position. They had watched tape of him at West Virginia, they spoke to him and watched him at the NFL Combine. He’s not throwing any differently today than he did when he played college ball last season.
If, prior to the start of free agency thought he could start, they would never have paid the steep price for Alex Smith. This is disinformation by the Chiefs in order to try to entice another team that really wants Geno Smith to move up so they can slide down and acquire picks.
They might like how he throws, but they aren’t going to be selecting him first overall. Most all mock drafts have the Chiefs taking Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel. If that wasn’t the case, why would Branden Albert be on the trading block after he signed his tender. Reportedly the Chiefs are asking for a second-round pick in 2013 and another pick in 2014.