Link: Will Cause-and-Effect Make Geno Smith Available at No. 9?

Could Geno Smith be available at the ninth pick with all the goings on around the quarterback position around the league late last week and this weekend?  Rich Cimini writes about some interesting upcoming dates this month that it could make life interesting for the Jets.

April 25: Draft day, Round 1: The Jets own the ninth pick and — who knows? — perhaps the 13th pick if they can extract that from the Bucs. With nine and 13, they could fill two of their many needs. The drama will build if West Virginia QB Geno Smith falls to nine, which seems likely with the Bills (No. 8) signing Kevin Kolb, the Raiders (No. 3) trying to trade forMatt Flynn and the Cards (No. 7) waiting in the weeds for Carson Palmer. If the Jets pick a quarterback at No. 9, or even one in the second round (No. 39), it would be a franchise-altering move.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It would be a watershed moment for the Jets should Smith be available at No. 9, but I also think that it could clear a path for teams looking to trade up to get Smith for themselves.  With less fear that Smith will get drafted before the Jets pick, a team might work out a conditional framework with the Jets should Smith still be there at No. 9.  With so many of the top eight teams already having addressed their quarterback position temporarily, the Jets might be considered a “bargain” compared to trading up for the 3rd overall, for instance.   A quick look at the teams who draft 10-32 doesn’t reveal a glaring list of interested suitors in Smith … but then again it only takes one team …