- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Andy Reid is a big deal at the NFL combine.
After 14 years as the head coach in Philadelphia, Reid is taking over as the head coach in Kansas City. The Chiefs are the center of the combine as they have the first pick in the draft.
After listening to Reid talk on Thursday, it is clear all options are on the table when it comes to the No. 1 pick. It’s all about getting the 2-14 Chiefs better.
The Chiefs could keep the pick and take the best player available, reach (my words, not Reid’s) for quarterback Geno Smith, or trade the pick.
“We’re going to evaluate everything,” Reid said. “We’re just not going to give it away, so we’d have to see what people throw our way. It’s a pretty valuable pick I’d say.”
The most likely avenue, I’d think, is Reid identifying the best player available and taking him, regardless of position. Reid said he will I not worried about sticking old NFL adages that some positions are more valuable than others.
“You go with the best player. So if the best player is a guard, then you go with the guard,” Reid said. “I think it’s important that you look at it that way. If you don’t, that’s where the mistakes take place … You want to make the right pick. You want to take the right guy that fits in the best for what you do. So you go through … You don’t go for need, you go for who the best player is, or who you perceive the best player to be is and you put them in there and that’s what you go with.”
Reid acknowledged that this rookie quarterback class is not nearly as strong as last year’s class, but he said there are some good quarterbacks available. Still, unless Smith has an unbelievable workout, I think Reid will end up sticking to his instincts and taking the best player on the board.