The need for a franchise quarterback in the NFL has become a desperate measure. Teams are relentlessly searching for the player to be their organization’s cornerstone for the next decade and beyond. Money has been blown around like autumn leaves on countless signal callers over the years. If that money was spent on one less than stellar, it can consequently set a team back for a few years to come.
We got spoiled by the success of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson as they each had phenomenal rookie seasons. These three players made an immediate impact on their teams which resulted in playoff berths. Griffin III even won his division. However, the rookie quarterback class of 2012 has somewhat jaded the opinions of how many experts look at future players at the position.
One in particular is West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Forget what Smith can’t do. He’s NFL ready and perfect for the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith is smart and athletic enough to be a Chip Kelly guy. No, Smith didn’t run the read option offense in college, but he is built and mature for the NFL game which should be just fine for what Kelly wants to accomplish.
Ironically, the same type of questions pointed at Smith were asked about Griffin III, Luck, and Wilson. This is why teams such as Philadelphia should not give in to the media hype and just draft who they think will be the next guy to take their franchise into their next era of football. Michael Vick, even at his best, can’t play forever and no other quarterback on the roster is worthy of owning the keys to the castle.
Eagles ownership and management went all out to have Smith work out for them personally and although the team has been very tight lipped about the visit, Smith seems to be very heavy on their radar. It is indeed possible that Philadelphia will need to move up from the fourth pick of the 2013 NFL Draft to select Smith. If he is indeed their guy, it must be done by any means necessary.