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2013 NFL Draft: Geno Smith Claiming Interest From New York Jets, Enamored With Big Apple Media Market

Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Poor Geno Smith. One moment he’s the darling of the mock draft universe, the next it seems laughable that the Jacksonville Jaguars would take him at No. 2 or the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4. Heck, the once-popular destination of the Buffalo Bills at No. 8 is widely rumored to be interested mainly in two other quarterbacks.

Smith could also end up finding a home and becoming a very rich man as early as tomorrow night, so I won’t feel bad yet. Not to mention his overall athleticism and future compared to mine. But it begs the question: How far will Smith fall in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Reading between the lines, it seems Smith was openly pandering to the New York Jets front office with his comments made in New York City on Wednesday, seemingly already envisioning the life of a star quarterback in The Big Apple. The Jets currently roster Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, David Garrard, Matt Simms and Greg McElroy at quarterback and hold picks at both No. 9 and No. 13 overall.

“You can look at it as a negative or you can look at it as a positive,” Smith said of the media attention around NYC, via ESPN. “New York is a great place to market, a great city once you start winning games here and get things rolling. Look at Eli (Manning), even Broadway Joe. He’s still a legend around here … No. 12.”

To me that says, “Please John Idzik don’t let me fall past No. 13, it could be a real free-fall after that.”

I guess the less cynical response would be that he also wouldn’t mind landing with the Jets at 40th overall, which could very well end up being the outcome. The Jets could blindly toss a dart and hit a need at this point.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google