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In a draft that lacks a standout quarterback, Smith could hear his name called at any time on the first night.
When the Washington Redskins moved up to draft Robert Griffin III last spring, they gave up their first-round pick for the 2013 NFL Draft. Some called the deal risky at the time, but it paid dividends immediately in Washington. Now, as the Rams hold the Redskins' pick in the first round, No. 22 overall, they could be looking to add a quarterback themselves.
According to the latest mock draft from Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, the Rams could take West Virginia standout Geno Smith. Smith, who has been projected as the No. 1 overall pick in other mocks, threw for 4,205 yards this past season with 42 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
If Smith slips to the bottom third of the draft, a team is going to pounce - regardless of whether they need a quarterback or not. Don't be shocked if a team trades up to grab him here, but St. Louis has the luxury of two first round picks. Sam Bradford is a fine quarterback, but he's not untouchable. If Smith is still on the board at 22, why not?
It only makes sense that St. Louis would have interest in Smith. He's a dual-threat option out of the backfield, which seems to be the new preference among coaches in the league. Combine that with his gaudy college numbers and there's no reason to think Smith won't be effective at the next level.
The biggest question for the Rams will be this: what would the addition of Smith mean for Bradford? It's never tough to move on from a former top pick, but Bradford has done little in his first few seasons to suggest he will be a star moving forward. If Smith is available this late, it's tough to see St. Louis passing on him, regardless of any quarterback controversy it may create.