ESPN’s Christ Mortensen reported on NFL 32 that there are rumors circulating around the league that the Raiders have interest in taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 3 overall pick.
“Word around the NFL is the Raiders have interest in Geno Smith with that third overall pick in the draft,” said Mortensen, via Rotoworld. “Now I can’t get this confirmed by the team, but Geno Smith is a guy that everybody sees as a top-10 pick right now — not everybody — but he’s got a chance to go in the top ten. And if the Raiders do like him, you better take him at No. 3.”
Mortensen added that drafting Smith could result in the team parting ways with QB Carson Palmer.
Oakland is clearly in a best-player-available situation at the top of the draft, but Mortenson probably is correct that they would have a hard time drafting Smith any later than No. 3 overall.
You could make the case that there are close to 15 players worth taking ahead of Smith and all of them fit needs, but NFL teams routinely over-draft quarterbacks, so it seems likely that this trend will continue.