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Could Raiders Take Geno Smith Third Overall?

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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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