Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (13) participates in a passing drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith To Jaguars Not Guaranteed After Alex Smith Trade

There will be a lot of speculation about the Jacksonville Jaguars going after West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the second overall selection in April’s draft now that the Kansas City Chiefs have announced a trade for Alex Smith.  Take this as what it is, speculation.  I think it is beyond simply speculation about what the Jags will do with their pick, and speculation about how GM Dave Caldwell sees the team’s priorities.

The Jags’ number two pick is not the most valuable commodity on the market and it is now possible that a team leapfrogs them to trade with the Chiefs if they so favor Smith.  The Jaguars need to think about what they can do with pick number two in all possibilities.  Smith is just one option in a multitude of defensive tackle, defensive end, cornerback, and offensive linemen possibilities.  The odds don’t seem to be in his favor.

The Jags have a lot of holes right now and the team may not be in favor of trying of spending their top pick on a player who is so close, in terms of skill level, to his draft counterparts.  The best value seems to be waiting until the 4-5 round for Arizona QB Matt Scott.

That said, Smith could be the trade bait the Jags have been hoping for.  If the Chiefs opt to go after left tackle Luke Joeckel, then the second overall pick becomes a whole lot more valuable.  Teams like the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills may try to out-position each other.  Unfortunately, we likely won’t know any of this until draft day.

Smith would be a big intrigue for the open quarterback competition planned this offseason.  Do the Jags think he’s so much better than someone like Scott that he’s worth using the second overall pick for?  I don’t think so.  We’ll have to wait and see.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • David

    Luke, I believe you and me are on the same boat concerning Geno Smith. If we get Geno at 2…I don’t know what I’ll do.

    • LukeNSims

      We’ll have a more lively quarterback competition to write about at least.

      • JukeBoxBaby

        I like the move though I believe we should give Gabbert one more year…. we need skilled players and they don’t get much better then Smith. Any player we bring in had to be an impact player if we don’t pick Geno 2ndoverall

        • LukeNSims

          With the state of roster I think it may be harder to not find an impact player. Joking aside, Smith would not get the starting job just because he was drafted, he and Gabbert would still have to duke it out in camp. Gabbert looked pretty good in camp last year, he could be better. Who knows? *fingers crossed*

          • JukeBoxBaby

            Who’s to say this won’t drive Gabbert to be even better? If he fails at least we’d have a better backup then what’s out there….. let’s be honest….. they dropped the ball drafting a punter in the 3rd instead of Russell Wilson….. don’t think we can pass on Smith

          • LukeNSims

            We can only hope it does. He is an obvious upgrade over Henne. I’d be happy if the Jags took him, I just don’t see it happening. For this draft not having a definitive top 10 it seems hard to find players that aren’t really “can’t miss” prospects. They all seems pretty good from pick 1-16.

  • Illusive Man

    I think Geno is much much better than the other QBs in this class. Significantly in fact.