NFL mock draft: Todd McShay says Cardinals to take QB Geno Smith

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It is already starting

There are still three weeks of the regular season in the NFL, but with the college bowls getting fired up and ready to go, people are already beginning to talk about the 2013 NFL Draft, ESPN draft guy Todd McShay has released his first mock draft projections for ESPN, where the Arizona Cardinals would be picking at number eight currently.

With all the uncertainty and poor play at quarterback, naturally the team could look at that position in the first round.

Look no further, according to McShay, Arizona picks up their franchise guy, selecting Geno Smith, the QB from West Virginia, with the eighth pick in the first round.

There is still a lot of work to do on the top quarterbacks, but the question at this point is how high a team will reach for the top player a the position. It's easy to argue the Cardinals need a quarterback as badly as any team in the NFL right now, and when Smith is on, his mechanics, footwork and confidence make him an effective passer.

Geno Smith? Perhaps a reach, but is it that much of a reach when quarterbacks routinely are overdrafted? And considering the fact that most successful quarterbacks come from the first round, you might think that the Cards might go that route instead of drafting the big-armed, inaccurate project in the late rounds like they did with John Skelton and Ryan Lindley.

What do you think? My initial impressions are...wait, the draft? The Cardinals are still playing. However, Smith tore apart defenses with his arm. Then again, Tim Rattay also did that in college.

Go ahead and start firing up that draft talk.

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