As ESPN's Bill Williamson reports, colleague Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that sources said the Oakland Raiders are considering drafting Smith with the third overall pick.
It's worth noting, as both Williamson and other sources have pointed out, that it's "smokescreen season." The information relayed to Mortensen could easily have been an attempt by Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie to drum up interest in the third pick from a team that has its eye on Smith.
However, for the sake of argument, let's assume that it isn't a smokescreen, and that the Raiders have a genuine interest in potentially drafting Smith in April's first round.
What could fans of the silver and black expect from the youngster as a rookie?
On the plus side, Smith likely possesses the most upside of any signal-caller entering the NFL in 2013. He was wildly productive last season for the Mountaineers, throwing for nearly 4,200 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Arm strength isn't really an issue either, nor is accuracy. Granted, Smith can't necessarily be considered an "elite" talent in either category. However, as Smith showed against LSU, he's more than capable of hitting receivers down the field in stride.
The 6'2", 218-pounder also has plenty of athleticism. Smith's 4.59-second 40-yard dash time was the fastest of all passers at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and Smith demonstrated against the Clemson Tigers that he can avoid the pass rush while simultaneously keeping an eye out for the open man downfield.
That isn't to say there isn't significant room for improvement in Smith's game.
Like many young quarterbacks, Smith's footw...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders