Did the Alex Smith Trade Make Jags’ #2 Pick More Valuable?
By Luke Sims
Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs. The exact details have yet to be released. The trade will not be official until Free Agency starts on march 12th.
Now with Geno Smith incredibly unlikely to be taken at number one overall, the Jags may be in a position to trade out of number two if a team feels that they absolutely can’t live without the West Virginia Quarterback. How likely is that to happen? To be honest, I still don’t see Smith as the kind of quarterback that demands a trade like that. Plenty of teams with early picks have far too many holes to fill rather than focusing on a slightly above average (in any other year) quarterback prospect. The most likely team I see trading up is the Oakland Raiders, but even they have commitments to Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor. Palmer alone is costing the team too much. The Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills could also be interested, the Bills I see being a bigger contender because they can actually protect whomever is playing QB for them.
If the Jags are really considering Smith at number two overall, then their own pick just became more valuable to themselves. I doubt the Jags would take a quarterback in the first round, but it’s all speculation now anyway.
There are still far too many options available early in the draft to make a trade with the Jags a sure thing. To top things off, if a team really loves a player, they now can trade with Kansas City, who may be willing to part with the top pick since they now have their signal caller. We shall see how things develop as free agency draws closer.
– Luke N. Sims
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