Supposedly the Oakland Raiders are considering Geno Smith with the third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Then again, you could say the same of the Kansas City Chiefs at number one overall even with Alex Smith being fitted for an ugly red jersey. At this point in the evaluation process most every NFL franchise in need of a quarterback has to be considering Smith or Matt Barkley or Mike Glennon or Tyler Bray or even Collin Kelin for that matter. After all, it’s not like Reggie McKenzie was the only GM in Indianapolis watching Smith run the 40 or go through all the drills at the combine.
There have been plenty of times I’ve looked at food in the grocery store that I’ve “considered” eating. Then something more affordable and more appetizing catches my eye and I move on.
Whenever you see reports of a team falling in love with some prospect mere days after the combine ends you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Right about now posturing is the way of the walk. Bluffing is as much a part of the draft process as it is in poker.
What team is going to tip its hand this early?
The reality is even if the Raiders are considering selecting Smith with their first round pick a lot can happen between now and the start of the draft.
What if Manti Te’o runs a 4.24 40 on his pro day? What if Star Lotulelei gets one of those Tony Starks plutonium powered hearts? What if Andy Reid offers Reggie McKenzie his next three number one picks for Terrelle Pryor?
Point being, right about now every prospect is being considered by the Raiders given their many needs and their draft position. That doesn’t mean Geno Smith is their man. It could just mean he’s their man in March. Come April that might not be the case.