2013 NFL Draft: Geno Smith Hot Commodity at Top of Round 2

January 4, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) hoists his MVP trophy after his team defeated the Clemson Tigers 70 to 33 in the 2012 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

After watching his draft stock painfully plummet last night, Geno Smith will now get to see teams literally bowl each other over to pick him at the top of the second round tonight.

Reports from ESPN indicate that the New York Jets are attempting to trade up from the #39 spot tonight into the top three picks of the second round to take Geno Smith. The Jets supposedly debated about taking Geno Smith with the #13 pick in the first round before gambling on him falling into the second round.

Now, the Jets need to make a strong push to trade up ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles at #35 who are reportedly very interested in Geno Smith. New coach Chip Kelly is looking for a player of Smith’s caliber to run his high tempo, pass happy offense.

But moving ahead of Philadelphia still might not be enough for the Eagles to secure Geno Smith. CBS Sports’ reporter Jason La Canfora reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars are eyeing a quarterback with the first pick in tonight’s second round. It is still unknown whether the Jaguars favor USC’s Matt Barkley or WVU’s Geno Smith, but he feels certain that the Jaguars will put an end to the Blaine Gabbert era just after 6:30 EDT tonight.

La Canfora also mentions that the Oakland Raiders were interested at Geno Smith at #12 and still hold interest in him should he fall to their second round pick at #42.

Odds are, the way teams are lining up to fight about Geno, he will be off the board by no later than 7:00 EDT tonight. But as we saw last night, you are never quite sure what the draft has in store.

 

Topics: Geno Smith, NFL, West Virginia, WVU Football

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