Philadelphia Eagles: Should Chip Kelly Draft Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIJanuary 16, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers scores a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles shocked the world when they announced the hiring of Chip Kelly (per ESPN) to fill their vacant head coaching position. 

If Kelly's offensive system that he ran at Oregon is any indication of what he may run in the NFL, it is likely the Eagles are going to need a mobile quarterback in their system.

Michael Vick is simply too fragile and too big of a cap hit to keep in the Eagles offense. If Vick couldn't stay healthy in the pocket, why should I believe he is safe in Chip Kelly's spread offense?

I shouldn't and I don't.

Nick Foles is the other quarterback the Eagles have on their roster, but he is not a mobile quarterback. If Chip Kelly wants to have success in the pros, he is going to need a guy who can scramble and run.

That's where Geno Smith comes into the picture. I think there is a good chance, if available, the Eagles will draft Smith with the No. 4 pick in the upcoming draft in April.

The Kansas City Chiefs currently hold the No. 1 pick in the draft. While they need a quarterback, new general manager John Dorsey has stated (via The Kansas City Star) that the Chiefs plan to select the best player available.

While Smith is talented, he is nowhere near the best guy available. However, it isn't likely he will be available after the first round. So if the Eagles plan to be smart with their pick, they need to take Smith in the first round.

I love watching the guy play. He possesses above-average speed for a quarterback and has prototypical height. As a defense, you can look at Smith and have to be worried as to whether or not he will run the ball. You also need to worry about his arm.



He is hands down the best quarterback in the draft. His 42 passing touchdowns to only six interceptions this past season was tremendous.

Kelly demands speed for his offense, as evidenced by guys like LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. The Eagles already possess speed on their current roster in LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Demaris Johnson. There are plenty of positives to come by adding an accurate passer like Smith to the squad.

I scouted a few of his games this year at West Virginia and was able to notice a few potent positives.

He has the natural ability to place terrific touch on downfield passes. He rarely makes mistakes and knows when to throw the ball away. He can get the first down with his legs if he needs to and is an efficient third-down passer. He sees the field tremendously and can read the blitz.

The Eagles need a guy like Smith. It's as simple as that. If he is available, they would be wise to draft him.

Matty J. Schreiber is an Analyst for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter to get all of the latest sports updates or live vicariously through him. @SchreibersTake.