Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid knows he’s got the best hand in the NFL draft, so he knows at some point, teams are going to start calling him to see what it will take to get the first pick in the draft. I don’t think he has any intention of taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, but he’s leaving that door open to make teams who want Smith sweat.
According to Tim McManus of Phillymag.com/Eagles. Reid says he’s got between 8 and 10 players he’s still considering for the top spot. I agree with McManus when he says that’s a large number of players to be considering at this time in the draft process. I think Reid is positioning the Chiefs to take one of these teams, who is desperate for a quarterback, to the cleaners. The Chiefs will end up getting at least a first and second round draft pick for letting a team move up to get the first pick.
Despite have made a trade with the Niners to get veteran quarterback Alex Smith, Reid says he is still considering drafting Geno Smith with the first pick.
“That doesn’t mean Geno is out of the water,” Reid told McManus and other reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. “I’m going to keep my eyes open on everybody. I think Geno is a good quarterback. We’ll just see how it all goes, get this workout thing going.”
“You can’t force a pick there. You can’t say, ‘I need this position’ or you’re going to miss a good football player, and that’s what you want to get from that position right there. So we’re going to work everybody out and see what’s available.”
Reid is skilled at trading quarterbacks and getting a lot for them. I know you remember the deal he worked out with the Dolphins for A.J. Feeley, with the Redskins for Donovan McNabb and with the Cardinals for Kevin Kolb.
He probably celebrated when he heard how well Smith had performed at his Pro Day. He knows how teams get worked up about quarterbacks and knows it will increase as the draft draws closer.
Big Red is probably waiting for the call from Joe Banner and the Browns. LOL.