That sounds like a terrible Italian horror movie, huh? Instead it is a report from Pro Football Talk and is dead on the money. The Eagles did go down to Morgantown, WV to take a look at QB Geno Smith, widely considered the top QB prospect in the draft.
Chip Kelly went. And Howie Roseman. And Jeff Lurie. Could it be that the Eagles are considering Geno at #4?
In my opinion…no. This is an elaborate production to make teams in the 6 to 15 range think they need to trade up for Geno if they want him. The Eagles would love to trade back with Arizona (7) or Buffalo (8). The team would add as much as a 2nd round pick, or possibly a 3rd and 4th rounder. Since the Eagles are more than one player away from the Super Bowl, moving back and adding picks is the way to go.
Smith is a talented QB and would fit Chip Kelly’s offense. This is a smart ploy by the team to check him out and to try and create the impression that they’re interested. It is also good for Kelly to go to a few of these workouts so that he’ll start to get a feel for them and what to really look for. He’s new to the NFL Draft and the process behind it. Chip had a Pro Day every year at Oregon of course, but never had an elite QB. Those workouts take on a whole other level of importance.
If we know this is probably not real interest by the Eagles, don’t the other 31 teams? Yes. But this turns things into a game of chicken. Those teams who do want Geno have to be so sure the Eagles aren’t interested that they trust he gets by the #4 pick. If you see Geno as the key to your draft, do you take that chance? It is kind of a dumb game, but can work. Certainly worth doing.