ESPN’s Chris Mortensen mentioned on NFL32 that he’s hearing that the Oakland Raiders might be considering West Virginia QB Geno Smith with the third overall pick. Here’s what he said.
“Word around the NFL is the Raiders have interest in Geno Smith with that third overall pick in the draft,” said Mortensen. “Now I can’t get this confirmed by the team, but Geno Smith is a guy that everybody sees as a top-10 pick right now — not everybody — but he’s got a chance to go in the top ten. And if the Raiders do like him, you better take him at No. 3.”
Mortensen also said that Oakland would likely release Carson Palmer if Smith were drafted.
Personally I don’t see this happening. With the Raiders in desperate need of defensive help and some top flight talent sitting at the top of the draft board on that side of the ball I can’t see them bypassing their defensive needs for Smith when they have a 33-year old Carson Palmer that should be able to give them a couple of more good years.
They also spent a third-round pick on QB Terrelle Pryor in 2011, so one would assume the Raiders would try to continue to develop him.
In the season of smoke and mirrors I don’t know that a lot of stock should be put into this rumor.
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Geno Smith
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