Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Chiefs are a disgrace. Kansas City needs to clean house in the front office. Scott ***** has had years to address the quarterback position, but has failed to land a good starter or a capable backup. Even Jaguars GM Gene Smith landed a better backup quarterback than what ***** signed in Brady Quinn. That has to change this offseason, and Geno Smith would be a good place to start.
Entering his bowl game, Smith has completed 71 percent of his passes this season for 4,004 yards, 40 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2012. He started the year on fire, but was shut down by Kansas State and Texas Tech. Smith played better in the month of November.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder has an excellent skill set. He is showing his intelligence and field vision by working through his progressions and looking off safeties. Smith has some natural accuracy with good arm strength to make all the throws. He can fire fastballs into tight windows and has phenomenal ball placement to hit receivers in stride.
Smith's plus mobility allows him to pick up first downs with his feet and bail out his offensive line. He will need to improve his footwork for the NFL. The senior needs to become more uniform with good feet to get in rhythm.
Smith had an excellent 2011 season for the Mountaineers, too. The junior completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,385 yards with 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 180 yards and two scores. The West Virginia signal-caller played his heart out against LSU's talented defense with 463 yards passing.