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

NFL Draft: Making a case for Geno Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs


The following is a guest post submitted by Aaron Stafford, a future writer for NFL Spin Zone. The Kansas City Chiefs have the first pick and are on the clock, we’ve made our projections in our first pre-Super Bowl mock draft, but Aaron disagrees and makes a case for West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith.

While there may be a huge football game being played this Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, there are 30 other teams in the NFL who are preparing to revamp their rosters in hopes of making it to next year’s Super Sunday.

Arguably the worst team in the NFL this past year, the Kansas City Chiefs currently own the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft. I am proposing they spend that #1 pick on quarterback Geno Smith from West Virginia for a few reasons.

The Chiefs’ new head coach, Andy Reid, has quite the resume when it comes to developing QBs in the NFL. He also runs an offense that would fit Geno Smith’s abilities as a QB. Andy Reid was able to win with multiple quarterbacks while he was in Philadelphia. Most notably in my opinion is Jeff Garcia. Geno Smith fits the mold of the type of QB Andy Reid wants. Geno’s accuracy and his ability to move around in the pocket fits perfect in Reid’s offense. Add a receiver of Dwayne Bowe’s stature with a running back like Jamaal Charles and suddenly a pitiful Chiefs offense looks elite.

Rather than paying a stopgap quarterback like Alex Smith $30 million for a few years of game manager type of play, the Chiefs need to invest in the long term with Geno Smith. The risk/reward weighs too much in the favor of reward with Geno Smith. If Geno comes in and isn’t any better than Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, (which would be hard), the Chiefs wouldn’t have to waste $50 million in guaranteed money due to the new CBA agreement. But if and when Geno comes into Kansas City and shows his elite potential, Chiefs fans might finally have something to cheer about.

All I’m saying is that not much can go wrong with taking a chance on the future for the Kansas City Chiefs. The rewards of drafting and developing Geno Smith in Andy Reid’s offensive system could result in finally bringing a winning team to Kansas City.

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  • superman_25_58

    I totally agree and am on board 100%. A. Smith has been in the league 8 years and has hit his ceiling. Geno Smith is young and IMO just as good if not better than A. Smith (Arm strength, Vision, Pocket Awareness, Poise in the Pocket, Speed and Mobility, Great Accuracy at any distance). Geno has everything needed to be a successful Qb in the NFL, and is just now starting to lay down his foundation with IMG Academy, but has a ways to go till he reaches his ceiling, if you know what I mean. Geno Smith NEEDS to be the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. If they can’t see that this kid could have some real potential to lead us to the Playoffs consistently and maybe a SB or 5 shame on them and they will forever be known as making the same mistake as “PIOLI” made with “Cassel” /”Alex Smith……………. Just Saying!

  • shayaan

    there’s no way andy reid and john dorsey are dumb enough to pass on this guy. they both know how important a QB can be, and they wouldn’t be where they are now without brett favre, donovan mcnabb, and aaron rodgers.