West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith visited the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday, trying to convince them he was worthy of the number one overall draft pick. It also could have been posturing on the Chiefs part, trying to convince other quarterback starved franchises that Smith is the guy and worthy enough for some desperate team to trade up to get him. Let’s assume for a moment that the Chiefs are going to pass on selecting Smith later this month, or that they are able to trade their pick for more picks later on. If the Chiefs can trade the number one pick, or if they can trade disgruntled left tackle Brandon Albert for some draft picks, are there any quarterbacks out there that can be had in the second or third round that the Chiefs can develop as their future signal caller. How about North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon.
Barkevious Mingo began playing football during his junior year of high school, to gain size for basketball. The move has paid off for the former LSU star, as he prepares for life in the NFL. However, the path to the draft is not without its peaks and valleys.
“NFL teams were disappointed in Mingo’s play last season, but his combine workout underscores why he’s so highly ranked,” wrote USA Today Sports Tony Pauline.
“During drills, he displayed his athleticism and quickly moved around the field, practicing with balance and flexibility. Mingo was run through a battery of linebacker drills, with many teams projecting him on the outside in a 3-4 alignment, and he was flawless. He effortlessly moved in reverse, displaying an ability to get depth on pass drops, then exploded up the field. Mingo has been all over draft boards the past two months, but his performance at the combine should cement him as a top-eight selection.”
Today’s NFL is filled with a whirlwind of moves, draft picks and big contracts handed out in the quest to find, and keep, marquee quarterbacks. That search influences everything, every decision and almost every slot in the standings. It determines who’s hired, who’s fired, who wins and who loses.
An NFL team without that upper-tier quarterback?
“It’s like a writer without a pen,” said new Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. “There’s a problem. You have to make sure that you have that position taken care of.”
New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who traded for Carson Palmer this week, put it this way: “It’s a problem (when) you don’t have a quarterback. When you have two, you don’t have one. That’s been my philosophy. If we’re out there competing to see who the quarterback is, we have a problem.”
“I have been injury prone,” Zombo told the Press-Gazette last month. “But when I’ve been healthy I’ve produced.”
Zombo, 26, started the season on the physically unable to perform list, but returned for the final seven games where he registered eight tackles. He said he’s at full speed and strength.
His most noteworthy accomplishment came at the end of his rookie season in 2010 when he registered a sack of Ben Roethlisberger in the Packers’ Super Bowl victory.