Yesterday I started what will be a series of quarterback profiles by profiling Matt Barkley. Today it continues with a look at probably the only quarterback better than him in this year’s draft, Geno Smith.
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the quarterbacks in this draft, but you can find some in the analysis of Smith. Unless you’re talking to Greg Cosell or Russ Lande (of the NFL Network and National Football Post respectively) the only certainty surrounding this draft is that Smith is the best quarterback available. A notion that I wholeheartedly agree with.
When watching the tape on Smith there is just too much to like. His footwork is amazing, he sees the field incredibly well and despite his great athleticism does most of his work from the pocket. He has a cannon for an arm and isn’t afraid to use it. There is no hesitation in Smith’s game. If you give him a shot down field, he will take it.
That’s not to say he’s perfect though. Not by any stretch of the imagination. If you watch enough of his tape you start to notice that he doesn’t hit his receivers in stride very often on intermediate to deep throws. His arm strength, or the confidence he has in it, also has a habit of getting the best of him. Smith has a bad habit of overthrowing receivers down field, and that really is saying something with the group he was throwing too.
- Has great arm strength and isn’t afraid to use it.
- Is a very accurate passer
- Excellent mechanics, especially with regards to his footwork.
- Has enough speed to elude pass rushers but still plays the game like a pure pocket passer. This will lend itself to a long..er and healthy..er career in the NFL.
- A work-ethic and competitive nature that separates himself from the other quarterbacks in this class.
- Sees the field very well.
The Not so Goods
- Played his college ball almost exclusively in the shotgun or pistol formation.
- Had an excellent receiving corps, with in itself isn’t a bad thing. It just means that his stats could have been aided greatly as a result, which could be a flag for scouts.
- Questionable decision making at times.
- Could improve upon his accuracy.
The Verdict: Although Geno Smith is by no stretch of the imagination worthy of the top 10 pick that is surely going to be used on him, there’s a lot to like about him. The ceiling is incredibly high with Smith and with just a little polishing of his game at the NFL level he could develop into a very good starting quarterback.
Where he should be drafted: Somewhere between 20th and 30th overall.
Where he will be drafted: Probably by the Bills with the 8th overall pick.
Ideal fits: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Arizona
Comparables: Joe Flacco, Ryan Tannehill, Josh Freeman
For Bryan Zarpentines take on Geno Smith
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