Albert Breer of the NFL Network considers the Cleveland Browns a “wild card” to land West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the upcoming NFL Draft.
When it comes to Geno Smith, Cleveland may wind up being a wild card, maybe in a trade down, maybe at 6. Tough to forecast where Geno goes.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 15, 2013
Smith, perhaps the most polarizing player in this year’s class, is one of the many players to have been worked out by the Browns. Many are resigned to the fact that Brandon Weeden will be the Browns’ quarterback heading into Week 1, but Smith’s name continues to creep into the picture for the sixth-overall pick–or a potential trade-down—as the draft inches closer.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says that the Browns “badly” want to trade down, but also links them to Smith. Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft also has Smith going as sixth-overall, stating Browns general manager Mike Lombardi “hasn’t hidden the fact that he was not a fan of the decision to pick Brandon Weeden in the first round in 2012,” so Smith could very well be the team’s pick.
Smith is currently ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in this year’s class, but there remains a debate on how he will pan out at the next level after some inconsistent play during his final season with the Mountaineers. He threw for over 4,200 yards to go with 42 touchdowns in 2012.