Thursday, February 28, 2013
Geno Smith and the Raiders?
By Tom Carpenter
The Oakland Raiders may have a viable short-term answer at quarterback with Carson Palmer, but they arguably need to look for a long-term answer at QB in the draft since Palmer isn't getting any younger. ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that they have their eyes on West Virginia's Geno Smith, but securing him in the draft is easier said than done.
"Word around the NFL is that the Raiders have interest in Smith, a guy most see as a top 10 pick. The Raiders have the third overall pick in the draft," Mortensen said. "If the Raiders do want Smith, they can't wait until the second round. He's not likely to be there. And the Raiders don't even have a second-rounder; they traded it to the Bengals as part of the Carson Palmer deal."
ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson isn't really buying the Smith-Raiders rumor, in part because "It is smokescreen season" and in part (as he noted last month) because he thinks they could put their first-round pick to better use:
Bill WilliamsonShould Geno Smith be an Oakland target?
"Oakland has major needs on defense. There are several high-quality defensive prospects in the draft. The Raiders should be able to get an impact defensive player with the third overall pick. Thus far, Smith hasn’t proven he is a top-of-the-draft prospect. Also, the Raiders don’t have a pressing need at quarterback. Carson Palmer, who Oakland gave up a first-round pick for last year and who the team still owes the Bengals a second-round pick this year for, is 33 years old, and the Raiders can get by another year with him. Plus, 2011 third-round supplemental pick Terrelle Pryor still has a chance to develop. I just don’t see why Oakland should bypass other needs for help at a position where it is not immediately needed. Unlike the 2013 draft quarterback class, the next couple of quarterback classes are shaping up nicely. Oakland can wait to take to a quarterback, all the while giving Pryor more time to develop."