January 14, 2013 by Charles McDonald
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, has a very wide draft range. Many (including nfldraftchat) believe that he will go number one overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Chiefs decide to pass on him for whatever reason, he has a very wide draft range:
2) Jacksonville Jaguars
Blaine Gabbert was a disaster last year and lost his job to Chad Henne due to injury. The Jaguars, with a new coach and general manager, will be highly tempted to draft a new franchise quarterback.
3) Oakland Raiders
Carson Palmer isn’t getting any younger and the Raiders could use a transfusion of youth and excitement for the franchise. They haven’t had an upper echelon quarterback since the early 2000s with Rich Gannon.
7) Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals fans had to endure the absolutely brutal quarterback combination of Ryan Lindley, Kevin Kolb, and John Skelton. While Smith may not be a “can’t miss” quarterback prospect, he is an immense upgrade over that dubious trio.
8) Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is in need of an upgrade at quarterback after years of mediocrity with Ryan Fitzpatrick. This would be a very beneficial situation for the development of Geno Smith as he could sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick as he plays out the remainder of his contract. He could learn from Fitzpatrick as he develops his skills and readies himself to start.
If Geno Smith makes it past these teams, then chances are one of these teams will trade back into the first round to draft him. However, since Geno Smith is the top rated quarterback in this class, it is likely that he will be selected number one overall.