Sorry, but this all sounds like a great big excuse to not draft a QB. Sometimes you have to take risks, and even if there's a chance it doesn't pay off, you have to keep trying. Trust me, if the Raiders ended up drafting Geno Smith and own us for the next 15 years, I think you'd see what I mean.
You hear all the time about how the most important part of scouting is the interviews. I myself see this as a glimpse of someone showing their true colors. This video gives any fan the morale authority to question this person especially with the assumption that we are to take him with such a valuable pick.
Maybe the raiders do take him and they own us for 15 years... But I bet you would be hard pressed to find RGIII, Luck, Wilson, Ryan, just to name a few young successful QBs, flashing gang signs to opposing teams. Maybe Jamarcus russell or mike vick come to mind. Pacman Jones?
Look at where you work and who you would hire on your staff... If you tell me right now that if you saw a potential future hire on the street flashing gang signs before his interview, and then came in and said everything you wanted to hear, that you would not have your doubts? you say that and I let it rest.
You talk about risk... there's ALREADY a TON of risk involved when ANY team is talking about taking a QB in the first round. There weren't a bunch of questions swirling around Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, David Carr, Jonathan Sanchez, Matt Leinart, or a host of other notable first round bust QBs. Most of those guys were suppose to be "minimal risk" QBs. If ANY of those guys were in this draft coming out of college, they'd be a unanimous #1 player on the board. We don't even have ONE of those "minimal risk" QB prospects in this draft. They will ALL require SIGNIFICANT risk if they are going to be taken in the first half of the first round. Teams in the bottom half of the first round don't risk as much drafting guys like these because 12 of them made the playoffs and another 8 or so were contending to get in the playoffs until the final weeks of the season. (Which, as we know by now, doesn't happen unless you at least have an above average QB.)
The Raiders DID draft this kid a few years ago... he just went by the name of "JaMarcus Russell" back then. The Raiders are all-in on Carson Palmer. They're not going to be in the market for a QB. Just stop it.
It's not about excuses NOT to draft a QB. It's about WHICH QB to draft. Just because I'm holding a straight, doesn't mean I'm going to win the pot; just because we have the #1 pick, doesn't mean the QB we take will be successful. Sometime you need to know when to be conservative. Trading down should be priority #1 for the draft if the Chiefs are unable to address the QB position before then. If the Chiefs anticipate a good QB prospect to still be on the board late in the first or 2nd round, they could sign a FA QB like Moore as a stop-gap until the rookie is ready to play. That's exactly what the Dolphins did this year and were pleasantly surprised when Tannehill stepped up and won the spot over the summer.
I want brett farve!!!
I agree with DMN. Let's wait until the Combine when the coaches and scouts start interviewing him and see what happens. I know I've said this once, but I'll say it again. The NFL isn't the care-bear league. Not every player can act perfect 100% of the time. Almost every professional athlete has done something that they probably aren't proud of. That being said, the NFL is a business. If Geno Smith isn't doing stupid stuff to distract the team, then I could care less as long as he produces.