The Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock for the 2013 NFL draft, and the team has more decisions to make than ever before. Talks have circulated that the club is interested in taking a quarterback with the first overall pick in West Virginia‘s Geno Smith. In my mind, the team should take a pass on Geno and make a trade with the San Francisco 49ers and bring in Alex Smith.
Alex was upended from his starting gig after 10 weeks this season, but not due to lack of production, as he led the league in completion percentage before losing his job to Colin Kaepernick. Smith is owed $8.5M in 2013 and I have every belief that he has played his last snap as a 49er. I think this is the perfect chance for the Chiefs to pick up a franchise quarterback.
Although Smith has had issues since being drafted first overall in 2005, he has turned the corner and even led his team to an NFC Championship game in 2011. His playoff numbers are even more impressive as he has yet to throw a postseason interception with five touchdowns and 495 passing yards in just two games.
With plenty of options at the first pick and the rest of the draft, I think the Chiefs would be a force to be reckoned with if indeed they have Smith underneath center.
With Andy Reid taking the helm in Kansas City and a running back like Jamaal Charles at his disposal, I would find it baffling if these two don’t reach a deal this off-season. Is Reid really going to enter his inaugural season with Matt Cassel as his starting quarterback?