The NFL’s top quarterbacks are being tested this year by their coaches and front office executives, and one quarterback who may get the nod this year is Kansas City Chiefs rookie Alex Smith.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Chiefs will select Smith with the first pick in the draft.
Smith is considered a long shot to break into the NFL after playing in just one year at Michigan State and being drafted in the fourth round.
The Chiefs selected Missouri quarterback Taylor Martinez with the 18th overall pick in last year’s draft.
The Raiders have taken two quarterbacks in the first round of the past four years and lost both of them to the NFL.
Smith could become the first quarterback taken in the third round since Trent Dilfer in 2005.
Smith is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.
He’s considered one of the top quarterbacks in college football, but he’s not the most talented.
The Chiefs have one of their top young offensive weapons in Alex Smith, who’s projected to go in the top three of the draft, Adam Schefters reports.
Schefter’s report comes a week after the Chiefs announced they would not make any significant changes to the roster this season.
Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli said during his media availability on Sunday morning that Smith will not be moved to a different position.
Pioli told reporters Sunday that Smith is one of three quarterbacks that will be the focus of the Chiefs’ offseason workout program.
The other two quarterbacks are quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jake Locker.
The third quarterback is third-round draft pick Austin Davis.
The workouts will include players from different divisions and divisions, Piolis said.
Smith will play for the Chiefs next season, the Chiefs said in a statement.