Justin K. Aller
Experts have the Chiefs eyeing the once-Heisman frontrunner to solve their quarterback problems.
Possibly the only upside to posting the NFL's worst record is the first choice in the draft. At 1-10, the Kansas City Chiefs are trending toward that No. 1 pick, and experts continue to peg quarterback Geno Smith as the Chiefs' first choice.
Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports have the Chiefs selecting the West Virginia quarterback with the No.1 pick next April. The only other team they expect to target a quarterback is the Arizona Cardinals at No. 9, so even if the Chiefs don't end up with the league's worst record, it seems Smith would still be there to select anywhere Kansas City might land, helping to solve the Chiefs' quarterback problem.
Halfway through the 2012 college football season, Smith was a clear frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy. Through six games, he had thrown 260 pass attempts and 25 touchdowns without an interception. His Heisman hopes faded as the Mountaineers' struggling defense led to five straight losses, but Smith's season has still been excellent. In 11 games, he has thrown for 3,597 yards, 37 touchdowns, and five interceptions while completing 70% of his passes.
In three seasons as West Virginia's starter, Smith has thrown for 11,054 yards, 93 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions.