In the excruciatingly long run up to the 2013 NFL Draft, one thing has been very clear: the Kansas City Chiefs won’t be taking a quarterback with the first overall pick.
How do we know this? Well, for starters, there’s the fact that new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey came out and said it back in February. Dorsey openly stated that the 2013 draft class includes “no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say ‘He’s a first-round pick,'” — let alone any quarterbacks worth taking with the No. 1 pick.
Dorsey then put his money where his mouth was, trading a second-round pick and another future draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers for veteran quarterback Alex Smith.
Suddenly, however, the Chiefs want everyone to know that they’ve had a change of heart. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Chiefs are now “fascinated” by West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, a player considered by most to be the top quarterback available in a weak weak quarterback class.
In what has to be the worst smokescreen put up by an NFL team in years, it’s painfully obvious that the Chiefs are desperate to trade down for the top slot in the draft and the team is trying its best to generate enough hype around Smith to entice a quarterback-needy team to trade up in order to draft him.
There’s no chance it happens.
First, the price to move up to No. 1 overall would be enormous. Last year, the Washington Redskins traded three first-round picks (and more) to the St. Louis Rams to move up to No. 2 to select Robert Griffin III.
Geno Smith isn’t half the prospect RGIII was coming out of college.
Second, there isn’t a team in the NFL — not even the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars — that won’t see right through this manufactured smoke. Rapoport said the Chiefs brass sees Smith as a “young Donovan McNabb.”
Is that supposed to make him sound appealing?
Are we all supposed to have forgotten that the Chiefs brass includes former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, the man who couldn’t wait to trade McNabb away to the Washington Redskins in one of the most lopsided deals in recent NFL history?
It’s clear the Chiefs aren’t enamored enough with any player in this class to feel confident drafting him with the first pick, but the team is going to have to settle on someone in the next month. There’s no chance any team takes the unappetizing bait being floated out there right now.