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Andy Reid talks up Geno Smith ... Why?

March, 19, 2013
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Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid raised some eyebrows Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings when he said that West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is in still in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

That’s exactly what Reid wanted to do.

Did you expect Reid to tell the rest of the league that Smith is no longer an option? What good would that do?

If there is a team that loves Smith and wants to trade for him, the Chiefs might as well want that team to think it has to go all the way up to the No. 1 pick to get Smith.

The reality is the Chiefs are paying Alex Smith well to be the starter and they are paying Chase Daniel well to be the backup. I guess Geno Smith can join the mix. But I think the Chiefs would rather get a player who can help right away or they’d trade the pick.

But why say Geno Smith is out of the mix? That wouldn’t make sense.

Reid said he is studying eight to 10 players for the top pick and he will work out those players. Smith will likely be included. Again, why not? Do your due diligence. Maybe Reid will fall in love with Smith. Who knows what is going to happen in the next five weeks?

Reid also said there has been some conversations with other teams about the No.1 pick. I think we will hear more about that possibility in the coming weeks. The question is will the Chiefs get enough to deem a trade beneficial?

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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