Many draft experts have linked West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to the Eagles with the fourth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. But that’s likely about to change.
With Eagles restructuring of quarterback Michael Vick’s contract, Smith heading to Philadelphia now seems unlikely at best.
The reviews on Smith vary, but he’s widely regarded as the draft’s best option at quarterback. The problem for Smith and the Eagles is that the team has so many other pressing needs. On a team with so many gaping holes throughout its roster, players like Star Lotulelei, Dee Milliner, Jarvis Jones, and Luke Joeckel would all seem to be better fits.
The Vick move doesn’t mean the team will steer clear of quarterbacks altogether, but it seems unlikely they would restructure Vick at $10 million to turn around a utilize a first-rounder on Smith. The Eagles would seemingly be more inclined to watch how the market develops on Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel who earlier this offseason expressed his desire to play in Chip Kelly’s offense. To get Manuel, the Eagles would either hope he’s available at No. 36 or trade back up to grab him.
Or the Eagles could avoid quarterback altogether come April. They could instead ink a lower-level player such as Dennis Dixon and allow Vick, Dixon, and Nick Foles to battle it out. If that turns out to be a disaster the team would have several high-caliber options available to them at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft.