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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Revisiting Geno Smith to Raiders

By Bill Williamson

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that the Raiders are said to be interested in drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 3 pick.

We discussed that topic on the blog last month and I made the case that it would be a bad idea. I feel the same today. I wouldn’t worry too much if I was an Oakland fan. It is smokescreen season.

In other AFC West news:

In a close vote, voters in our AFC West poll think the Broncos should let youngsters Nate Irving and Steven Johnson battle for the starting middle-linebacker job, but by the smallest of margins.

Some 51 percent prefer to see Denver take that route over drafting a middle linebacker at No. 28. It is a strong draft class and I think Denver might be best served to consider someone such as Georgia’s Alec Ogletree or Notre Dame’s Manti Te'o if he is available when the Broncos pick.

The Giants re-signed left tackle Will Beatty to a five-year deal worth $38.75 million. This is significant in the AFC West given the contract situation of Kansas City left tackle Branden Albert. Expect Albert to look for a deal worth more than Beatty's. The Chiefs could also franchise him. The two sides are talking.

The Chargers also badly need a left tackle and it is a good free-agent class at the position. But the Beatty signing has made that class one member smaller.