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Geno Smith | Quarterback

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214

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Jets selected West Virginia QB Geno Smith with the No. 39 overall pick.
The most discussed prospect in this year's draft class is the second quarterback off the board, and vaults to the top of the Jets' quarterback situation. Smith (6-3, 218) was a three-year starter whose career took off under Dana Holgorsen last season. Smith set career bests in completion rate (71.2), TD-to-INT ratio (42:6), and passer rating (163.9), only taking 19 sacks in 13 games. His 42 TDs led the nation. Smith's performance declined as the year wore on, however, as his footwork got sloppy and his field vision regressed. Smith has starting-caliber arm strength and accuracy when set, but missed too many open throws late in 2012. His pocket presence is inconsistent. Regardless, there's little doubt he's being drafted as Mark Sanchez's replacement, and not "competition." It's a new era for the Jets, who have come away with three very good players with their first three picks. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:07:00 PM

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NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock mocked WVU QB Geno Smith to the Browns with pick No. 6.

"When I look at Geno, I see a kid who's got everything you want to see in a franchise quarterback, but there's just too much bad tape," Mayock writes. "I would not take him this early; I would go for an edge or a corner. However, I really think Joe Banner might pull the trigger on the quarterback from West Virginia." We doubt the Browns go quarterback this early.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 01:05:00 PM

During an online chat, SI's Peter King noted even though Eagles HC Chip Kelly likes Geno Smith, he "really likes" Nick Foles.

We wouldn't expect the Eagles to select a quarterback in the top 10, but Geno does offer some things Foles does not, namely mobility. Still, if the Eagles were to invest in a quarterback, it would likely happen on the second day with Matt Scott potentially being the target.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 12:42:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Peter King writes the Cleveland Browns "want" a quarterback from the draft.

"Don’t let the smokescreen acquisition of Jason Campbell, a backup, fool you. Browns want a QB in this draft, and they get one." West Virginia's Geno Smith has been the name heavily linked with the Browns. Although we don't believe Brandon Weeden is a franchise passer, he did show improvement last season and flashes of what he could become. Apparently the Browns may not be sold.
Source: Canton Rep
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 03:32:00 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell noted he will not trade future draft picks to move up this year.

This means the Jaguars are unlikely to trade back into the first-round if it involves 2014 NFL Draft picks as part of the compensation. In fact, the Jaguars might be the first team to trade the first pick of the second-round since the NFL moved to the three day format.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 01:30:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer says the Browns could be the "wild card" for West Virginia QB Geno Smith.

Breer notes that the match could be made in a trade down or at No. 6. "Tough to forecast where Geno goes," he added. Insiders are split on where the quarterback will land, with some confidently saying the top five while others projecting late first-round.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 09:13:00 AM

West Virginia QB Geno Smith scored a 24 on the Wonderlic test, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

"Of course, it also should be pointed out that clients of Creative Artist Agency almost always score well on the Wonderlic," Pompei writes. Smith is actually represented by Select Sports Group, but that is besides the point. Some of questioned Smith's success on the whiteboard during the process, and although scoring high on the Wonderlic does not equate to football knowledge, this solid score certainly does not hurt. He was a tick late on a number of throws last season.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 11:04:00 AM

West Virginia QB Geno Smith will be visiting the New York Jets on April 10 and 11.

The Jets are in desperate need of a quarterback and it's been rumored in the past that they really like Smith. He would bring deep ball accuracy and a strong arm that allows the team to stretch the ball in tough weather conditions, which they currently don't have with starter Mark Sanchez. There's been a lot of criticism recently but he might be a quality selection for the Jets at No. 9.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 09:16:00 AM

ESPN's Merril Hoge said that West Virginia QB Geno Smith will be a bust.

Hoge said an evaluator looks at him and thinks "he's a bust." He also said that Smith is the type of quarterback that "sets your franchise back". Moreover, Hoge cited Smith's accuracy and decision making. We don't feel as critical of Smith's talent but understand there are concerns with his ability to become a franchise passer.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 09:09:00 AM's Ian Rapoport reports West Virginia QB Geno Smith will visit with the Cleveland Browns and then privately work out for the New York Jets.

Both teams are in need of a quarterback in some sense. The Browns still have last year's first round selection, Brandon Weeden, but he doesn't appear to have sold the staff based on last year's performance. Like Weeden, Smith can throw the ball well vertically, which is a fit for Rob Chudzinski's system. As for the Jets, it's uncertain exactly which direction they'll go in but it wouldn't hurt to draft Smith, who could be an upgrade over the disappointing Mark Sanchez.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 03:34:00 PM

One NFL GM told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he predicts the QBs "are going to fall like logs."

This came after the Cardinals, Raiders, and Bills made quarterback moves. A few teams stand out for not addressing quarterback issues, namely the Jaguars and Jets, but if teams feel confident in their new veteran options, this prediction could certainly come true.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 11:08:00 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell says West Virginia QB Geno Smith was a "beat late" with a lot of throws.

"I'd see situations where there is a defined throw, it's there, the throw needs to be made and he was a beat late," Cosell said. "And that was fairly consistent with Geno Smith. He was a beat late with a lot of throws. And again, whether it's anticipation or whatever you wanna call it, he was just a beat late with some throws." Cosell said, however, that Smith throws a "beautiful" ball.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 05:00:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes West Virginia QB Geno Smith will be a top five draft pick and "there isn't any doubt about it."

La Canfora wouldn't be surprised to see Geno go in the top three, "specifically, to Jacksonville second overall." He goes on to say that the flurry of veteran quarterback additions does not mean Geno has been devalued throughout the process. "So to posit that this kid (somehow) now is a question mark to go in the top 15 is beyond ridiculous." The Jaguars and Raiders are the two likeliest landing spots.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 11:44:00 AM

West Virginia QB Geno Smith is visiting the Eagles on Wednesday.

Smith visited with the Eagles old coach, Andy Reid and the Chiefs, on Tuesday. The birds already have five quarterbacks on their roster, but the way in which the Eagles handled free agency by filling needs sets them up to take a variety of prospects at No. 4.
Source: NESN
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 02:56:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that he "couldn't take Geno Smith in the top 10, probably the top 20."

"I can't stand this whole quarterback class," Mayock added. This entire quarterback class is confusing to a lot of people, and Mayock is no different. After watching Geno work out on March 14, Mayock said the West Virginia quarterback is "absolutely" a top 10 talent. With that said, talent does not always equal the full evaluation, so Geno's negatives now appear to keep the passer out of that area for Mayock.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 10:15:00 AM