Before things changed from the top it seemed almost a lock the Kansas City Chiefs would use the first overall draft pick on quarterback Geno Smith. Now with Andy Reid in town will that strategy change?
Tom Heckert pursuit shows clear intent by Reid for Chiefs
Scott Pioli is out as general manager in Kansas City. It's not a surprise to most Chiefs fans. Despite putting together a talented roster he failed to provide a solid quarterback and couldn't find a stable coaching staff. So when new head coach Andy Reid came in with hopes of bringing former Eagles partner Tom Heckert, it was clear Pioli was done. It was also clear what Reid has planned for the Chiefs. While their time together in Philadelphia didn't produce a championship, Reid and Heckert succeeded in building one of the most talented offenses in the NFL. From 2006 to 2009 they drafted players such as Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. The one area where the pair struggled somewhat was at quarterback. Kevin Kolb was their biggest success and he has since flamed out due to injuries in Arizona. Whether they can get it right in the 2013 draft is something everyone will watch.
Smith won't escape West Virginia letdown in NFL draft
Common senses among most analysts is Kansas City must use their top pick on a quarterback. It's their most glaring area of need but veteran GMs would say it's never a good idea to reach for players in the draft. Based on the current prospect rankings coming out of college, West Virginia dual-threat Smith is the best in the country but since he ranks outside the top ten in many lists for overall players, it creates a big dilemma. A few months ago there were no arguments. Smith got off to a blazing start for the Mountaineers, wracking up points and yards like a pinball machine. However as the schedule got tougher his numbers took some serious hits. Experts cited Smith as a good prospect but not of the top tier talents such as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. It creates a serious problem for Kansas City. The quarterback market from free agency to the draft is filled with unproven players. It's not that big of a stretch to see them trading the first overall pick for a passer from another team or more picks and then scoop up a quarterback to groom in the second round. Franchises only get so many chances to hold such a valuable pick. Spending it on a reach like Smith sounds like an NFL disaster waiting to happen.
Andy Reid saw the problems for the Kansas City Chiefs a mile away. They need offense and they need a quarterback. That was why he wants Tom Heckert and also why he faces a huge dilemma on Geno Smith.
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