Oakland Raiders Rumors: Team Interested in West Virginia QB Geno Smith?

By Dan Parzych
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If the Oakland Raiders were smart, they would strong consider parting ways withe Carson Palmer and focus on building the franchise around a different quarterback. Despite throwing for 4,018 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions last season, most of those numbers came during garbage time with the Raiders trailing late in games.

Now, with the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaching, Oakland may consider selecting a quarterback once April rolls around–which is where West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith comes in.

Oakland Raiders rumors are beginning to heat up about the team showing interest in the West Virginia standout and it may not be a bad idea if the team does end up parting ways with Palmer if he refuses to take a pay cut. Plus, the team doesn’t seem 100 percent sold on Terrelle Pryor being the future of the franchise, so a player like Smith would bring on some good competition.

He may have struggled over the second half of the season, but Smith has been impressive for scouts over the last couple of weeks as he continues to show true potential for the NFL. Not only would Oakland be getting a quarterback who can throw, but a quarterback who can run as well considering Smith did some serious damage with his legs during his time with the Mountaineers.

Oakland has plenty of options when it comes to their first-round pick and if Smith is available when they’re on the clock, it may not be a bad idea to at least take the idea into consideration.

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