Houston sports talk show host Lance Zierlein mocked Geno Smith to the Eagles because a trusted league source told him to “plug him in here.” Less than two weeks before the draft, misinformation is everywhere, but nobody can tell which tidbit will prove prescient.
The Eagles don’t have a franchise quarterback, and if they believe Smith can be that player, they will probably take him. Smith has the intangibles, arm talent, and athleticism to be a top-notch NFL quarterback. His accuracy, mobility, and comfort in a spread attack make him a nice fit for Chip Kelly, and new coaches generally like to start with their own hand-picked signal caller.
Not all signs point to Smith being the Eagles’ pick, though. Firstly, the Jaguars or Raiders could easily snatch him up before the Eagles even get on the clock. Secondly, not many analysts view Smith as a top 5 pick, and he’s not a slam dunk, plug-and-play, franchise quarterback from day 1. Thirdly, Chip Kelly may not be begging Howie Roseman for a quarterback since he devalued the position at Oregon and recently revealed to the press that he does not think teams need a marquee quarterback to win in the NFL.
The Eagles have yet to tip their hand regarding the 4th overall pick, but be sure to file away this report as an interesting rumor.