It is safe to say that nobody was truly convinced when the Philadelphia Eagles decided to bring QB Michael Vick back for one more season with a restructured deal, and named him their starter for 2013.
Immediately following Vick’s one-year agreement, the Birds decided to bring in former University of Oregon standout QB Dennis Dixon, who played under current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in 2007 when he was the Ducks’ offensive coordinator. The Eagles also brought QB G.J. Kinne aboard soon after, escalating their quarterback total to five (Vick, Dixon, Kinne, Nick Foles and Trent Edwards).
But even with this smorgasbord of quarterbacks already on their roster, the Eagles must nab QB Geno Smith with the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Smith’s highly impressive career at West Virginia University culminated with a monstrous, record-breaking final season in 2012 where he tossed 42 touchdown passes with only six interceptions. But the most impressive part of Smith’s remarkable senior season was that he did not throw a single interception until the Mountaineers’ 7th game, after he had already thrown an amazing 25 touchdown passes.
Not only is Smith an exceptional talent as a passer, but he is also an athletic and able-bodied quarterback who is the perfect fit for Kelly’s patented spread offense that is now in Philadelphia.
Smith doesn’t love running the football by any means, as he almost always chooses to air it out instead of tucking it in and scrambling, but he certainly possesses the mobility and escapability necessary to thrive in the read-option system.
A dual-threat QB like Smith has proven to be an incredibly valuable asset in today’s NFL, and it would be foolish for the Eagles to let a rare-find like Smith slip through their fingers.
Even if Vick remains the Eagles’ starter for 2013, Smith is a franchise-quality quarterback who will be able to step in and take the reins at any point in the future.
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