Why Are Kansas City Chiefs Visiting With Geno Smith?

By Devin O'Barr
Geno Smith at the NFL Combine
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With the NFL Draft less than four weeks away, teams around the league are narrowing down their draft boards. A list that may have been miles long at the start of the offseason is now getting more condensed by the hour. However, the Kansas City Chiefs appear uncertain as to what they want to do with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft.

Unlike years prior there has not been a name emerge as the consensus number one pick–Andrew Luck and Cam Newton were both no-brainers when they entered in 2011 and 2012. Kansas City has a big decision to make as they could become the third team in the last 12 years to not draft a quarterback with the first overall pick.

Had the Chiefs not traded a second-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for Alex Smith, I think the Geno Smith talks would be much more vibrant. However, with the team sacrificing that much to get a legitimate starter it would make no sense to draft the ex-West Virginia Mountaineer. Geno posted great numbers while at the collegiate level, but a team that was just 2-14 can not afford to draft an experimental QB.

Perhaps the Chiefs are working out Geno simply as a smokescreen, however it seems like a lot of trouble when you have the number one pick. If Chiefs’ general manager John Dorsey  decides to pull the trigger with Geno, it would make this offseason and the Alex Smith move especially, a waste of time.

The ball is in the Chiefs’ court as they can either become big winners or set themselves years behind with a pick like Geno Smith.

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