Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie may have sat in on some private draft prospect workouts over the years, but his presence at such workouts has never been reported by a ravenous, broad, and thorough Philadelphia media. So it’s somewhat bizarre to hear that Lurie was in Morgantown yesterday to watch the workout of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Smith, once considered a surefire top ten pick, watched his stock fall a bit in 2012 as the Mountaineers struggled in Big 12 play. But the senior rebounded last month at the NFL Combine, running an impressive 4.5 forty-yard dash which has some believing he may go near the top of the draft just yet.
With the Eagles signing every quarterback in sight and numerous other needs, conventional wisdom would suggest the team would have no interest in Smith.
But as Chip Kelly prepares for the sprint that is the NFL free agency period and April’s draft, it looks increasingly likely that convential wisdom isn’t something that the Eagles new head coach often relies upon.
Whether the Eagles utilize the fourth pick in the draft to take Smith will remain unknown, but I get the sense that if Kelly likes Smith and fell in love with what he saw yesterday, then conventional wisdom will have gone completely out the window.