I'm not sold on Geno Smith as a franchise quarterback. Heck, Geno Smith probably isn't sold on Geno Smith as a franchise quarterback. He's a mystery, a ball of talent who must be refined into the quarterback many think he can be. If the Eagles are smart, they'll grab him with the No. 4 pick.
The Eagles, unlike most teams picking in the top five, actually have quite a bit of talent on the roster. Sure, adding an offensive linemen or another pass-rusher might be nice, but the team won't fall apart if either need is left unaddressed. The secondary could use some help, but that's what the later rounds are for.
With a few breaks and some improved coaching, the Eagles could easily be decent next year even with Michael Vick at quarterback.
Ah, Vick. The 32-year-old enigma who could just as easily be in the league for another eight years as he could another eight months. While he is a fit for Chip Kelly's offense, things will get murkier for him as he ages. Even if he succeeds, how long will be able to do it?
Smith, on the other hand, is fresh out of college. He's a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense. He plays fast. The key to a Kelly quarterback.
If Kelly succeeds, he probably won't be picking in the top five again any time soon. That will make finding a quarterback at all a challenge, and if you've ever watched Nick Foles or Dennis Dixon, you know they aren't long term answers at quarterback.
Even if a great quarterback prospect does fall to Kelly in a few years, how do we know if he'll be a fit for Kelly's offense? Great option quarterbacks don't grow on trees, and Geno Smith is going to be sitting there for the taking when Philly gets on the board.
Finally, Philly's offensive talent matches a lot of what West Virginia had last year. A speedster who can return kicks and play all over the field? DeSean Jackson and Tavon Austin both fit the bill. A smaller but still physical target? Jeremy Maclin, meet Steadman Bailey. I'm sure Smith would much rather come to a team with some talent on board already than a rebuilding project like Oakland or Buffalo. It would really help his adjustment to the NFL.
If Smith turns into the quarterback most expect him to, the Eagles could compete with him, Jackson, Maclin and McCoy on offense right away. We've seen several rookies make the playoffs in the past few years, and the NFC East isn't exactly a loaded division.
No quarterback prospect in the draft is a better fit for Chip Kelly than Geno Smith, and no team puts Smith in a better position to succeed than Philadelphia. They are a match made in NFL Draft heaven.
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