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Geno Smith: Predicting Most Likely Landing Spots Following Workout with Eagles

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks at the scoreboard after a safety against the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2013

Geno Smith will enter the 2013 NFL Draft as the top-rated quarterback, but his future landing spot is no more clear than it was at the start of the 2012 season.

Several teams inside the top 10 appear to be eying the West Virginia quarterback, with the Philadelphia Eagles the latest to be involved.

They have reportedly conducted a workout for Smith (according to Pro Football Talk), with head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman both in attendance to watch the potential dual-threat quarterback.

Yet, no consensus appears to be available on where Smith will end up, with a number of possible landing destinations inside the top 10.

Let's break down these draft picks, and see which are likely and unlikely to land the potential NFL star in the draft this year.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

 Whilst Kansas City do have the need for a new quarterback, it's hard to see them going after Smith in the draft class this year. There are a number of strong offensive and defense lineman available, and the Chiefs have bigger needs than just a new man under center and will likely take one of these guys.

Plus, given the reported trade that the Chiefs have in place with the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith, they might not need a QB after all.

Interest: Unlikely

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars 

Jacksonville has plenty of needs in the draft this year, but it's hard not to see them having a long look at a move for Geno Smith. They struggled through the air last year, and neither Chad Henne nor Blaine Gabbert appear to be the answer that the Jaguars were hoping them to be.

With the No. 2 pick overall, Jacksonville will definitely look at Smith here.

Interest: Likely 

 

3. Oakland Raiders

Oakland doesn't have a quarterback for the upcoming season that is capable of giving them anything other than mediocre performances through the air.

Carson Palmer just isn't that good, and while Smith might not be the Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III-caliber pick that we saw last year, he's definitely capable of starting in the opening week for a franchise and leading them forward from that point.

If Oakland can get some good tools around him, then expect Smith to thrive with the Raiders—assuming they draft him in 2013, that is.

Interest: Likely

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have reportedly watched Smith work out, so their interest is definitely existent for the 2013 draft—even if it is hard to see them drafting the rookie.

This is a team that already has Mike Vick, Nick FolesTrent Edwards, Dennis Dixon, and G.J. Kinne on hand for the upcoming season, and while few (if any) of them appear capable of leading this team back in the right direction, it's also hard to see six quarterbacks running around on the one team.

Even if it is Philadelphia.

Interest: Likely

 

5. Detroit Lions

Detroit has Matthew Stafford on hand, who has a strong arm and a deadly combination with superstar wide-receiver Calvin Johnson. As good as Smith might be, they're not going to waste their No. 5 pick on a guy who would simply play as Stafford's backup all season.

Interest: Unlikely

 

6. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland used their first-round pick last year to sign Brandon Weeden, and while he might not be the world's greatest quarterback, he is more than capable of getting the job done and handing the ball to Trent Richardson when the Browns need him to.

Can't see a move for Smith transpiring this year.

Interest: Unlikely

 

7. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona is definitely interested in signing a quarterback given their lackluster state under center in 2012, but the biggest question is as to who they'll sign.

Smith seems to be the logical top quarterback this year, and the Cardinals will therefore likely take him if he's still available at No. 7 overall. But with heavy reported interest in USC's Matt Barkley earlier in the year, maybe Smith isn't quite the lock here that he might seem if available.

Interest: Likely

 

8. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo is thought to be in the market for a guy to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick either as a starter or in the future, and thus Smith must be considered here.

Having said that, the Bills are thought to be more interested in signing someone like Ryan Nassib in the second round, or even EJ Manuel if he's still available later on, rather than using a first-round selection to try and score Smith.

Their interest remains likely, but it's hard to see them pulling the trigger.

Interest: Likely

 

9. New York Jets

We conclude here with the No. 9 New York Jets, who despite their quarterback circus, won't be in the market for Geno Smith come draft time in 2013.

They just signed David Garrard for some reason, which gives them Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy plus Garrard for the year ahead. It seems the last thing the Jets will do is throw in another quarterback into that potentially volatile mix.

Interest: Unlikely

 

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