Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs are currently holding the #1-overall pick in the NFL Draft, and after trading to get Alex Smith today, it’s safe to say that Geno Smith, who’s widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect, won’t be going #1.
But that doesn’t mean he won’t go in the top-5.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported today on NFL 32 that the Oakland Raiders are showing significant interest in Smith, and draft him with the #3-overall pick:
"Word around the NFL is the Raiders have interest in Geno Smith with that third-overall pick in the draft. Now, I can’t get this confirmed by the team, but Geno Smith is a guy that everybody sees as a top-10 pick right now. Not everybody, but he’s got a chance to go in the top-10. And if the Raiders do like him, you better take him at #3."
If the Raiders do take him, former Bengals QB Carson Palmer would likely be cut soon after to save cap space. The Raider were already contemplating cutting Palmer and finding a new QB, but the market won’t have anyone better than the aging Palmer, and backup Terrell Pryor is unproven.