It appeared when the Kansas City Chiefs traded for QB Alex Smith and released incumbent Matt Cassel that their quarterback position was settled and they would go in another direction with the No.1 overall pick in the draft.
Not so fast. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is still in play to be the Chiefs selection at No.1 according to Tim McManus of phillymag.com. Head coach Andy Reid himself opened the conversation himself at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesdasy morning. “That doesn’t mean Geno is out of the water,” said Reid, surrounded by a group of Philadelphia reporters during the second day of the owners meetings. “I’m going to keep my eyes open on everybody. I think Geno is a good quarterback. We’ll just see how it all goes, get this workout thing going.”
It may be that Reid just doesn't want to show his hand yet. Reid admitted that the team is still looking at "between eight and ten" players for that pick-an extremely high number this late in the evaluation process. And it is acknowledged that this is a draft which is very deep but with no consensus top pick or even consensus top ten picks.
“You can’t force a pick there. You can’t say, ‘I need this position’ or you’re going to miss a good football player, and that’s what you want to get from that position right there,” said the former Eagles coach, who was celebrating his 55th birthday Tuesday. “So we’re going to work everybody out and see what’s available.”
The other likely possibility is that Reid is trying to drum up a market for the No.1 pick among teams hungry for a franchise quarterback. Even if scouts are still divided on Smith as a top-10 prospect, the need for a franchise quarterback in Jacksonville, Oakland, Philadelphia, Arizona and Buffalo will raise his stock to the point where the Chiefs may find a taker by late April. Smith may have helped himself and the Chiefs with a strong passing display at his pro day last week.