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Geno Smith reportedly will not attend Day 2 of NFL Draft

Geno Smith NFL Draft

Geno Smith was one of the players in attendance for the first day of the NFL Draft, but he reportedly will not be back at Radio City Music Hall for day two.

Smith was considered a strong possibility to go in the first round. He was dressed up, had his family with him, and he was introduced with the other top prospects before the draft began. But after the Buffalo Bills selected EJ Manuel at No. 16 overall, the chances of Smith going in the first round decreased. By the end of the day, 32 picks had gone without Smith being selected. No surprise, he wasn’t in the best of moods afterwards.

ESPN’s Suzy Kolber said after the draft that Smith declined to do an on-camera interview. He told her he wasn’t shocked or surprised that he didn’t go in the first round. He was feeling so down he apparently told her he wouldn’t be back for Friday when the second and third rounds of the draft take place.

One thing Smith did tell Kolber is that he would be playing with an even bigger chip on his shoulder than before the draft. That’s exactly what we figured. Smith also received some words of encouragement from Aaron Rodgers as he fell in the draft.

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Aaron Rodgers offers encouragement to Geno Smith

Aaron Rodgers offered some encouragement to Geno Smith as the West Virginia quarterback dropped in the NFL Draft.

Though Rodgers attended Game 3 between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks and did not watch most of the first round, he was aware of what was going on. He decided to tweet some words of encouragement for Geno Smith, who had yet to be selected.

Geno SmithSmith was believed to be the top quarterback on most draft boards and the strongest possibility of all the QBs to go in the first round. However, that wasn’t the case. The Buffalo Bills selected E.J. Manuel No. 16 overall, making the Florida State product the first quarterback selected. Most teams considered this to be a weak quarterback draft, meaning they didn’t want to spend a first-round pick on a marginal talent. Rodgers recognized that Smith would likely fall to the second round and decided to lift up his spirits.

Rodgers, as much as anyone, knows what it’s like to sit in Radio City Music Hall waiting for your name to be called. He was thought to be a possible No. 1 overall pick in 2005, but the San Francisco 49ers took Alex Smith. Rodgers inexplicably fell all the way to No. 24 before the Green Bay Packers selected him. A Super Bowl and MVP award later, and Rodgers proved it’s not about where you get selected, but what you do once you get your chance.

It’s funny that Rodgers sent the note for Geno, because Smith tweeted during the week that he was fueled by his doubters. He’ll enter the league with a chip on his shoulder similar to Rodgers.

Geno Smith fueled by NFL Draft experts who doubt him

Geno Smith appears to be entering the NFL with a chip on his shoulder, which is likely a good thing. Though the former West Virginia quarterback is widely listed as the top quarterback prospect on draft boards, he believes he has his doubters. Smith indicated on Twitter Tuesday that those doubters are fueling him.

Geno SmithThat’s the type of edge you want your quarterback to have entering the NFL. Even though he’s won league and Super Bowl MVP awards, Aaron Rodgers still plays with that type of mentality because he was doubted coming out of high school and college. Guys who feel they have been doubted tend to work harder to prove people wrong.

The question is what motivated Smith to write that tweet? Has he been hearing that he is slipping on draft boards? There are rumors that Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib may be the first (and only) quarterback taken in the first round, and that Smith may slip into the second round. Maybe that’s why he sent out the note. Additionally, Smith was the subject of a harsh character assessment from NFL Draft scout Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly.

Nawrocki blasted Smith in this way:

A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room. Will be overdrafted and struggle to produce against NFL defensive complexities.

Surely Smith will not forget that commentary. Though, I must say, if Smith turns out to be similar to Aaron Brooks, that wouldn’t be too bad.

I imagine Smith won’t be greater than an average quarterback. He looked great early in the season, but faltered against Kansas State and in the bowl game. On the flip side, he improved every season in college, which is an indicator that he continues to learn and get better, making it possible he can do the same thing in the NFL.

Geno Smith is the Heisman Trophy favorite and putting up crazy stats

Geno Smith is putting together an awesome season for West Virginia and has become the early Heisman Trophy favorite.

The senior quarterback threw for 656 yards and 8 touchdowns in a 70-63 win over Baylor on Saturday to boost his already absurd stats.

Smith is 141/169 on the season, which is an 83% completion rate. Yes, in 169 attempts, he only has 28 incompletions. For some perspective, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris passed for an ACC and school record 566 yards on Saturday, and he had 23 incompletions in the game. Smith only has five more incompletions all year.

Smith has thrown for 1,728 yards through four games — good for an average of 432 per game. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns and no interceptions. He even has 98 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. That’s 21 touchdowns in four games.

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, wowed observers with his crazy stats the first month of the season. But Smith has been even better than Griffin was.

Let’s compare their numbers through the first four games of their senior seasons:

RG3: 92/112 (82%), 1308 yards, 18 TD/1 INT, 173 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
Smith: 141/169 (83%), 1726 yards, 20 TD/0 INT, 98 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

One other key stat: West Virginia has gone 4-0 while Baylor went 3-1. Yeah, barring an implosion, I’d say Smith is on schedule to win the Heisman Trophy this season.

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