The Oakland Raiders are interested in drafting quarterback Geno Smith out of West Virginia with the third overall pick, reports ESPN.
Smith is seen by most teams as a top-10 pick and the best QB in a very weak draft, so if the Raiders are interested, they will take him at No. 3.
There are two points to be made here:
1) Because the Chiefs acquired Alex Smith in a trade earlier today, they will not select a quarterback with the No. 1 pick. The Jaguars own the No. 2 selection, but they already have a young, developing quarterback in Blaine Gabbert.
Thus, the Raiders have no “competition” for Geno Smith and can select him if they want without worrying about another team snatching him up.
2) If the Raiders draft Smith, that means current starting quarterback Carson Palmer would likely be released. Palmer is owed $13 million next season, and will have to take a pay cut if he wants to stay on the team, regardless of whether or not Smith is drafted.
If Smith is selected, one can assure that Palmer will be gone.