Sunday, April 7, 2013
Latest Geno Smith buzz
By Tom Carpenter
There rarely is consensus from scouts and pundits when it comes to any NFL prospect, but Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki raised some eyebrows earlier this week with a particularly scathing review of West Virginia QB Geno Smith. Count Dan Pompei of the National Football Post among those who has a different read on Smith.
"Many do not agree with Nolan Nawrocki’s sources on Geno Smith," he noted. "First, let me say I think Nawrocki from Pro Football Weekly is one of the best draftnik’s out there. He does first class work, and he is very credible. But I haven’t heard the things on the West Virginia quarterback that he did. The closest I heard was a couple scouts suspect Smith has a little con in him, and they find him to be a little hard to read.
"But one respected personnel man said his team believes Smith is a really good kid. He said his coaches in college loved him and he has a 'phenomenal' work ethic. 'Our report on him is completely different from what he wrote,' he said. 'We spent nine months talking to people, and our scout in that area is one of the best out there.'"
In the end, all it takes is one team with a great assessment of Smith for him to go early in the first round. As of Thursday, ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. gave Smith to the Philadelphia Eagles as the No. 4 overall pick in his two-round mock draft:
Mel Kiper Jr.2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0
"Analysis: There are two realities the Eagles must face in evaluating their future at quarterback. One is that Michael Vick, while an intriguing fit under Chip Kelly, isn't a long-term solution, even if we're optimistic. Two, there's no such thing as a useful free-agent market of starting quarterbacks in this league. If you have a great quarterback, or even a pretty good one, you're going to lock him up. In drafting Smith, the Eagles are in a good position to develop an athletic, talented thrower to succeed specifically in Kelly's offense, but without the requirement that he must start from day one. I don't like the idea of Smith as a Week 1 starter in 2013 -- but for a roster that's already in a good position to compete this season, he could be a great fit for the franchise in 2014, and most importantly, a great fit for the coach."