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Geno Smith - Rookie Stopgap?

Let me start by saying that I was not a fan of the Geno pick. I understand that when he fell to the second round it was just too tempting to pass up, and I give Idzik a lot of credit for not trading up for him, just taking him at 39 was a steal. Still, I was really hoping that we would focus on building up the rest of the team and then doing what we can (trading up if necessary) to draft a good QB next year.

But things are what they are, and they're really not that bad. I'm not buying into all the bad press Geno's getting right now. Thanks John for that great post on the topic. I think Geno will win the QB competition and I hope that he does a good job for us this season. Now here's my question... and it's just that, a question... a hypothetical scenario to inspire some conversation. IF Geno ends up being a pretty good, not great, QB for us this season, could we entertain the possibility of including him in a trade up to grab a Bridgewater, McCarron, or Manziel next year? Is it worth the risk of giving up a mediocre QB with 1 year experience (who might get better) to grab another unknown with more potential? This would essentially make Geno a rookie stopgap. Something I never considered during the early stages of our addressing the current QB situation. We were looking to grab a veteran FA to get us through (enter Garrard), but what about drafting a rookie just to get us through the season, then going for our franchise player in the 2014 draft. Doesn't sound very logical, I agree. Rookies are unpolished players that need to be developed before you see their full potential. But if you're looking at a 2nd round rookie who already looks better than all your other options, why wouldn't you grab him, even if just to get you through the year. We wouldn't be the first team to draft quarterbacks in back to back drafts. And the fact that we got Geno in the 2nd round makes him a little more expendable than if we got him in the first. In a perfect world we could grab one of the 3 aforementioned quarterbacks and keep Geno. That would make for a pretty interesting quarterback competition in camp next year. But I have a little more confidence in the team we've assembled so far and, barring a string of injuries, I don't see us having a top 5 pick without trading for it. Which brings me back to my original question... is there a realm of possibility that Geno could end up having a good enough season to make him valuable, but a bad enough season that we would rather include him in a package to get a top 5 pick than continue developing him?

I suppose that leads to another question: who would trade a top 5 pick for a rookie QB and a later pick? Any team interested in a quarterback might as well keep their pick and grab the same guy we would be shooting for. I guess that really depends on Geno's value. A pretty good QB that is still getting better combined with a pick somewhere in the 10 to 15 range isn't necessary bad compensation for a top 5 pick. Someone give Oakland a call :-)

It's all hypothetical, but if nothing else, it makes you think about things in a little bit different way. Please post some comments and tell me why this is absurd. I'll be sure to write an "I told you so" post next year when this all happens... just kidding. I'm just trying to inspire some conversation. Sorry if I can't respond to comments quickly. GGN is blocked at work and I've got a new, two week old, jet fan at home. - Cheers

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