Considering that neither Geno Smith, nor Tyler Wilson the Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback who has put up some big numbers look like sure things, should the Chiefs throw a Hail Mary in this year's draft and go with something other than Quarterback in the first round? A couple of months ago it seemed a foregone conclusion that Geno Smith was going to be a Chief. For whatever reason, the luster has worn off that pearl and it seems like more and more people are thinking the Chiefs could go get someone like Alex Smith and use their #1 overall pick to help the team in another area.
There are also still plenty of mock drafts who see the Chiefs ending up with Geno Smith, but while I was really excited about getting this kid a few weeks ago, I've started to doubt myself. Is he really worthy of that #1 pick, or is he simply the best of a mediocre bunch. I will say that I don't believe the #1 pick should be spent on an offensive lineman, no matter how good he is. Luke Joekel has certainly been one that has been rising up the ranks, but I just can't see myself getting that excited about a lineman with this draft.
I realized the other day, that part of the problem I'm having with Wilson and Smith is that they seem to be openly campaigning to be picked first. Maybe other prospects have done this in the past, but I don't remember Andrew Luck having to sell himself to the Colts. We all simply knew that's where he was going. With Smith and Wilson, there have been interviews where they've been talking about how much they'd love to come to KC. It would seem to me that if you've got to tell a team what a great fit you'd be for them, maybe you're not all that great a fit.
Having someone who is going to be available like an Alex Smith is certainly a temptation. On the other hand, we already tried the retread "certainly not great, but could be better once he gets here" quarterback plenty of times in Kansas City with the latest being Matt Cassel. It would be nice to draft a quarterback that we could develop and who would be the face of the franchise for years to come. Is that Geno Smith? Or is this destined to be another Brody Croyle or Tyler Thigpen?
I guess that's why its so hard to know what to do with this first pick. The Chiefs have had some truly terrible luck with quarterbacks and you just get worried that they're going to blow it yet again. The fact that Andy Reid and John Dorsey are very new to us probably doesn't help my lack of confidence. At this point, you've got to trust the Chiefs and see what happens, but 2013 certainly isn't lacking in drama or excitement already that's for sure.