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Could Raiders Take Geno Smith Third Overall?


If nothing else 2012 showed us that you could put damn near every position on a dart board, make a blind throw and likely find a position of need for the Oakland Raiders. That’s one reason why it’s going to be hard to know which name Reggie McKenzie might send in on the first night of the NFL Draft in April.

One position the Raiders need to address in the near future is that of quarterback. Carson Palmer had a good season but not good enough to lift the Raiders to victory in some critical moments. Then there’s the fact that he’s getting up there in years which means his career is coming to a conclusion.

Terrelle Pryor did enough to earn the right to compete for the starting job next season but his future prospects of leading an NFL franchise remain cloudy at best.

That’s why there are some that see West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith as a possible target for the Raiders with the third overall pick.

Of course this draft is nothing like 2012 a class that produced plenty of young talent at the quarterback position as three rookies took their respective teams to the postseason. Basically most any QB drafted this year will be a project of sorts offering little help in the immediate future. At least that’s the consensus.

Therefore drafting Smith would be a selection made with the future in mind. None the less the early buzz is that Smith is a likely top 10 pick possibly going as high as #1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. But that is all guesswork as the evaluation process is still in its infant stages.

Soon enough we’ll have a better idea which way the Raiders might be leaning as McKenzie is sure to schedule visits with some of the top prospects. If Smith’s name appears on Oakland’s watch list there will be more to discuss.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.klima.1 Nicholas Klima

    Reggie McKenzie is a firm believer in drafting the best available. Geno Smith, from what I saw in college, is far from the best. Carson Palmer has two more years in the tank, and QB right now is definitely not our most pressing need. I would cry if we drafted a QB with the 3rd pick.

  • daryl

    I feel you defence is the area we need to start at d line I say a big body star lotuletei if not trade back and pick up draft picks

  • DondiRaider

    no QB @ #3….definitely a pass rusher…..no if and or buts! If McKenzie thinks Geno is the best player on the board at that time…Mark Davis needs to fire him! But it aint gonna happen!

  • Hangtownie

    Get a run stopper – If they want a project QB, 5th round or later please

  • Joe InMaryland

    DT, OL, DB are needed before a QB

  • disqus_PYuXoL7R8c

    The first few picks need to be all defense and preferably DL, LB, DB positions…

  • chucka1122

    The Raiders have so much need at every other position that they do not and should not take G. Smith with the 3rd pick. A pass rusher, or that big D tackle out of Utah would serve the Raiders much better. The Raiders were terrible on D last year and they really need to trade down more than anything.

  • pops

    we need a pass rusher …we need to get more sacks on the Qb in 2013…

  • PaRaider

    The Raiders have not drafted and developed a successful NFL QB since Stabler. Ex: Marc Wilson, Todd Marinovich, Jamarcus Russell. Free agency or trade is the route to take to find our next QB. Should not be a priority this year. We need players who can block, tackle and cover.