New coaches usually mean new quarterbacks. Is Smith the answer for Chip Kelly?
Should Michael Vick be released after the Super Bowl? Can Nick Foles be expected to run Chip Kelly's offense in the NFL? Perhaps not. If that is the case, one has to wonder if Kelly would then turn to Geno Smith out of West Virginia, should he fall to the Eagles when they pick fourth in April's draft.
One of those people wondering that is Rob Rang of CBS Sports. In his latest mock draft, Rang has Smith falling out of the top three selections and having Philadelphia snag him when they have the chance:
The perception is that Smith struggled mightily down the stretch in 2012, but take that with a grain of salt -- he threw for 42 touchdowns and six interceptions.
It is true that Smith only threw six interceptions on the season, but it can't be ignored that four of those interceptions came in games against Kansas State and Oklahoma, the best teams that the Mountaineers faced all season long. Did he struggle down the stretch? He was not bad by any means, but 17 touchdowns and six interceptions over his last seven games certainly looks a lot more human than the 25 touchdowns and zero interceptions that he threw in the beginning of the season against the likes of Marshall, James Madison, Maryland, and Baylor.
However, in a Chip Kelly offense with a few nice weapons around him and a weak defensive division like the NFC East, Smith might do quite well. Will the Eagles take that chance?