The one thing we know about new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is that he puts a lot of stock into the quarterback position. Kelly restructured Michael Vick’s contract when most people were convinced that he would be released or traded and it appears as of now Vick will be the starter come September. Second year QB Nick Foles is still in Philly after speculation he would join his former head coach Andy Reid with the Kansas City Chiefs. Kelly also signed Dennis Dixon, one of his former field generals while coaching with the Oregon Ducks. Throw in former Arena Football and Tulsa Golden Hurricane standout G.J. Kinne and the Eagles currently have a college of quarterbacks. That’s more than enough for one roster, right?
Not so fast. Yesterday the Eagles brass, which included team chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie, traveled to mountaineer country to take a look at West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith who ran a surprising 4.59 second 40 yard dash in last month’s NFL Scouting Combine. Smith is projected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds and possessing a very strong arm, Smith may fit well into Kelly’s offense scheme, but the question is, with the glaring needs on this team, will Philadelphia take him with the fourth overall pick?
Smith has had a very successful college career at West Virginia highlighted with 42 touchdown passes to just six interceptions in 2012. Smith also completed a remarkable 71 percent of his passes during his senior season, a career best. One can see why Kelly and company took the trip to Morgantown. Accuracy is key in the read option offense and Smith also doesn’t make many mistakes with the football. Is Smith the next signal caller to don Eagle wings? Is the front office just sending smokescreens to the league? Perhaps, but usually where there’s smoke, there’s fire.