Is Geno Smith this year's RG3?

The West Virginia QB has been impressive, but it's about to get tougher

Originally Published: October 1, 2012
By Mel Kiper & Todd McShay | ESPN Insider
Geno Smith Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesGeno Smith has been fantastic so far this season for West Virginia.

Each week during the college football season, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay kick off the week by settling a debate, then will discuss emerging NFL prospects and look ahead to next week.

The discussion: Is Geno Smith capable of being this year's Robert Griffin III?

Todd McShay: Based on his potential to (A) have a Heisman-caliber season and (B) rise to the top of NFL draft boards, Geno Smith does look like he could be this season's Robert Griffin III. In fact, after seeing his performance against Baylor on Saturday, I am moving Smith ahead of Matt Barkley to make him the No. 1 quarterback in my Top 32 draft rankings this week.

When it comes to his draft status, obviously, it's a very fluid situation. It's only the start of October, after all. But I think Smith has the potential to be a top-5 pick and possibly the first quarterback taken in next April's draft.


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