We all thought that West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith would be a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. But as the first round wound down on Thursday night, it became very clear that he was going home without a team. But tonight it took fewer than 10 picks before the New York Jets chose to pull the trigger on Smith, sending the biased New York crowd into a frenzy.
Some Jets fans in attendance cheered about their future, and others looked like they just found out Jersey Shore just got cancelled. But the fact is, they have their new quarterback, and that’s bad news for quarterback Mark Sanchez.
My take-This was a bold and gutsy move by the Jets, and I really think it’s going to pay off. Smith is a fabulous talent, with flaws that can be coached out and corrected. His upside is tremendous and his game is NFL-ready. Jets fans are going to complain mainly because they like to complain about everything, but just take a breath Jets fans. Smith can play, and if head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t screw this up, you are going to be very happy with him. The Jets have had an excellent draft so far, and this pick of Smith really punctuated it.
At this point the next step for the Jets has to be to give Smith some weapons on offense. Even the best quarterback can’t win without players to throw to and hand off to, so I expect to see the Jets to focus heavily on offense from this point on. Oh, and quarterback Sanchez needs to call his agent and a real estate agent.