It may be cliché to say the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, but tell that to any team that doesn’t have one.
The New York Jets will be looking to upgrade their quarterback spot in 2013, well, as much as they possible can with their cap situation. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll reach for a signal caller early on draft day.
I expect the Jets to target defense early in the 2013 NFL Draft, while possibly targeting offensive players later on, but that could change if the presumptive top quarterback prospect slides down the draft board.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is considered by many as the cream of a relatively weak crop of quarterbacks this year, and it’s quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what his value is in this year’s draft.
It’s reasonable to think that teams could clamor for Smith’s services, while conversely, teams may not want to eschew positional value just to take a quarterback, regardless of the importance of that position.
With that being said, if Geno Smith is available when the Jets are on the clock with the ninth overall pick, they will likely be thinking long and hard about drafting him, positional value be damned.
Of course, using a top 10 pick on a quarterback is partly the reason the Jets are in this mess to begin with, but that’s another story. If the Jets, or any team, think that Smith is worth it, then they should pull the trigger.
The 6’2, 218 pound Smith is predominantly a pocket passer, but he also showed off some impressive athleticism at the NFL combine, performing quite well in the 40-yard dash, broad jump and vertical leap drills.
At the end of the day though, those numbers will mean little on Sundays, and judging from Smith’s Twitter account, he understands that it takes more than a good showing at the combine to mean NFL success.
“4.56 40, 10.4 broad jump, 34 inch vert. Yet none of this defines me as a QB! The game is won between the ears, study the tape!”
— Eugene Geno Smith (@GenoSmith_12) 3:02 pm, February 24, 2013
All it takes is one team to fall in love with a prospect and pull the trigger to select him.
Could the Jets be that team? We’ll find out on draft day, April 25 at Radio City Music Hall.