When the Eagles re-signed Michael Vick to a one-year deal it was widely assumed the team would pass on a quarterback at the top of this year’s draft. But here’s the thing–nobody knows what Howie Roseman, Tom Gamble and new head coach Chip Kelly are poised to do come April. This group has no track record, no history, no tendencies. So to assume that West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is off the team’s radar would be foolishly dismissive–particularly after his showing at the NFL Combine.
Smith, who many once viewed as a slam dunk top five pick, has faded in the court of public opinion lately after an inconsistent finish the 2012 season. That opinion may be changing, however, after he turned in a 4.59 40-yard-dash time which undoubtedly grabbed the attention of some teams around the league.
“I think that’s something I’ve always been capable of. I think I have the skill set that fits any offense. I can play within the pocket, but I’m athletic enough to run that style of offense,” Smith told reporters at the combine.
While at West Virginia Smith was at times hesitant to scramble and he appeared reluctant at times to showcase his speed. Now that he’s demonstrated a quickness that could be potent in Chip Kelly’s scheme, expect rumors of Geno Smith to the Eagles to heat back up.
Ultimately, with what the Eagles have invested in Vick and the possibility of the team taking Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel in the second round, it still seems unlikely that Smith will end up in Philadelphia.