West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith‘s draft stock — or at least its perception — seemed settled in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft just this past week. Instead, now another curve has been thrown into the national conversation, suggesting that he may even fall to day two.
Jason Cole sparked quite the firestorm with the final paragraph of his Yahoo Sports column on Sunday.
“Several teams are trying to read the market for quarterbacks, starting with where top prospect Geno Smith will end up,” Cole wrote. “Smith could easily fall out of the top 10. Where his slide ends up from there will likely impact where quarterbacks such as Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel, Ryan Nassib and Mike Glennon land.”
“Several teams at the top of the second round, such as Arizona, Buffalo and Oakland, could move up to the end of the first round to grab a prospect.”
This comes in the same month that NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora wrote a column guaranteeing that Smith would be a top five draft pick. This seemed to influence an increase in mock drafts that had Smith heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 2.
I suppose it’s tough to say where Smith will land — or what new narrative will emerge this week — until Thursday.
Until then, this is the only piece of information on Smith’s volatile draft stock that I fully trust, from NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah:
“If you enjoy a long pause during a phone call, ask any NFL executive to predict when Geno Smith is going to get drafted.