As the draft approaches, along with my opinion of Geno Smith dropping, his draft status is still unclear. After the combine and his Pro Day, Smith’s stock seemed to rise through the roof to an many people had him being drafted in the top-5, with most having him go to the Eagles. Since then, there has been a flurry of moves by teams who were considered to be in the quarterback market, like Buffalo, Arizona, and Oakland, which seems to suggest that the hype around Geno has died of and teams don’t feel he worthy of a top-10 selection.
Earlier this week, Mike Tanier of SportsOnEarth.com had a very interesting piece on the West Virginia quarterback that really sums up the ambivalence teams are feeling about drafting Geno Smith.
Take away the character assassinations and sometimes over-charitable rebuttals, and we are left with another riddle of a quarterback in a class full of riddles. Smith is breathtaking at times and infuriating at others. Give him the ball, and something will happen, either awesome or terrible. He’s a great athlete who is sometimes too confident in his own athleticism. He can make four straight bonehead plays, then come back to save the game (or come close) with two perfect touchdown passes, acting as if nothing bad had happened before that. His smooth, snappy timing passes can pick a defense apart, but he is susceptible to sudden downshifts onto the blooper reel. Many love him, but some feel compelled to hate him, and there are questions about his work habits, though he never went to Cabo with a foxy paramour before an important game … That’s it! Geno Smith is Tony Romo!
The Geno Smith-Tony Romo connection, just like Geno Smith’s draft status, is one to feel ambivalent about. On one side, Tony Romo has put up great touchdown and yardage numbers, has had hot girlfriends, and has acquired a very lucrative contract, but on the other side, Romo stinks when the game matters and you can count on him making bad plays in the clutch situation.
Though most are feeling ambivalent about Geno Smith, people like Mike Mayock, Pro Football Weekly‘s draft editor, Narwangry, aren’t feeling ambivalent about Geno Smith.
Narwangry had this to say about Geno Smith:
“Not a student of the game. Nonchalant field presence — does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire. Mild practice demeanor — no urgency. Not committed or focused — marginal work ethic. Interviewed poorly at the Combine and did not show an understanding of concepts on the white board. Opted not to compete at the Senior Bowl and has approached offseason training as if he has already arrived and it shows in his body with minimal muscle definition or strength.”
Likewise, Mike Mayock said this about Geno Smith and the whole 2013 quarterback draft class:
“I couldn’t take Geno Smith in the top 10, probably (not) the top 20,” he said. “I can’t stand this whole quarterback class.”
As we stand now, the verdict is not out on Geno Smith as a top-10 pick, but as we get closer to the draft, expect very strong opinions of Geno Smith to surface, and I believe, you will see more against Geno rather than for him.
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