2013 NFL Draft Profile: Geno Smith

By Devin O'Barr
Geno Smith throws the ball
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Geno Smith took the NCAA football world by storm when he threw for eight touchdowns versus the Baylor Bears in September. Smith was on a few NFL teams radar prior to this performance, but it was this outing that solidified him as a potential difference maker at the next level. Over six months later, and the West Virginia Mountaineer is projected to go top 10 in the 2013 NFL Draft. 

Many of teams are looking for talent at quarterback, but just like Matt Barkley of the USC Trojans Smith does not hold a candle to prodigies like Andrew Luck. While the talent pool is not nearly as deep this year, Smith could make one team very happy in 2013.

Smith also has racked up some crazy numbers in terms of touchdowns as he threw for 42 touchdowns last season and only six of his 518 attempts resulted in interceptions. It’s hard to look at those numbers and see any flaws, however Smith did not play his best when the spotlight shined brightest — Smith threw for just 201 yards in a loss to the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in December.

The Kansas City Chiefs have kicked the tires on Smith, but I see the Jacksonville Jaguars snagging the quarterback with the second overall pick. Things have gone from bad to worse in Jacksonville and they can ill-afford to have Blaine Gabbert under center for another antagonizing season. If the Jags decide to pass on Smith look for the Buffalo Bills to be the best suitor at pick number eight.

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