West Virginia's Geno Smith Projected Number One to Chiefs

By Mike Atkinson


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West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith is projected as the number one overall pick for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Many mock drafts have Smith being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the first pick in the draft.

Smith started the season on a high note, winning his first five games and jumping to a strong lead in the Heisman Trophy race.

He put up big numbers in nearly every game he played out of conference, and showed remarkable accuracy and decision-making throughout the year.

Smith became WVU’s all-time leading passer, passing former NFL player Marc Bulger in only the second week of the 2012 season, and went on to throw for an additional 3,271 yards, giving him a career total of 11,461 yards as a Mountaineer.

He showed an uncanny ability to avoid interceptions as he also broke the NCAA Division I record for number of pass attempts without an interception with 273 passes, and also broke the record for consecutive completions against the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend.

This showcases his accuracy and decision-making once again, as it  is just one of the many other records he has shattered this season.

Smith has had a great career at WVU. He has the arm strength and accuracy to do great things at the professional level. He also has the ability to run if necessary, and knows when to scramble and when to pass.

He started the season in grand fashion, but dipped a little mid-season. He struggled as teams threw new packages at him, so there will be a bit of a learning curve when he goes to the NFL. However, after he learns some, he will be a dangerous quarterback.

The Mountaineers have never had a player drafted number one overall in the NFL draft. The closest they have ever come was in the very first NFL draft. In 1936, WVU tackle Joe Stydahar was selected sixth overall to the Chicago Bears and became the first draftee to make the NFL Hall of Fame.

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