After watching West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith sit in the green room of the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, it was painfully obvious that not getting drafted in the first round hurt him deeply. It cut him so deep that Smith said that he wouldn’t be there for the second round, and that he was on his way home.
Now, less than 24 hours after getting the cold shoulder from every team in the NFL, Smith seems to have changed his mind. It has been reported that Smith will stay in New York and be a part of the second round festivities.
Experts had different speculations of when the 2011 Orange Bowl MVP would be selected. Some had him going in the first round to the Buffalo Bills. However, to the surprise of many, including myself, the Bills opted for Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.
I really don’t know what changed Smith’s mind, but I do think that it is a good move on his part. Running away from an uncompromising situation isn’t going to help the way teams view his character. Showing his face in front of all of those cameras for a second time will give him an opportunity to prove how he can handle adversity and embarrassment, and it will give whatever team that picks him the assurance that they are picking a thick-skinned player.
Though Smith will be the only one in the green room, he won’t be the only marquee player waiting for his name to be called during the second day of the draft. Manti Te’o is still on the board, as well as USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy.
With so many big-time players still available, this has the makings of being the best second round in NFL Draft history.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google