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Did Geno Smith’s Workout Get Chip Kelly’s Attention?

GenoSmith1I know Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said Michael Vick and Nick Foles will compete for the team’s starting quarterback job, but West Virginia quarterback prospect Geno Smith might have gotten the coach’s attention with his outstanding workout at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, yesterday.  He stood out in his workout as both a passer and as a runner.

Smith was one of the leading passers in the nation this past year and he’s considered the top-rated quarterback in what is a down year for quarterbacks.    He exhibited his live arm and made all the throws for full stadium of scouts and GM’s to see.  Smith has zip on the ball on short routes and he was very effective putting the ball up deep.

Smith, who isn’t considered much of a runner, but is labeled a pocket passer. He surprised the scouts when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds.  This had to get the attention of Kelly, GM Howie Roseman and the newly signed VP of Player Personnel Tom Gamble.

The read option has been part of Kelly’s offense during his four-years at Oregon and Smith showed everybody with his 4.59 forty-yard dash that he can run the read option and be a threat to keep the football.  Still it’s doubtful Smith will be selected by the Birds since Smith isn’t considered a sure quarterback prospect and the team already has both Vick and Foles on the roster.

Despite that, I do believe his workout solidified his hold on the number one spot for quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

The quarterback who is considered the second best quarterback, USC’s Matt Barkley, didn’t throw yesterday because his shoulder is recovering from a late season injury.  He won’t throw until he has his Pro Day

I could see the Birds grabbing a quarterback in the second or third round.  Remember that Kelly recruited Florida State’s E.J. Manuel to Oregon, when the youngster was coming out of high school.  Manuel has great size, 6’5″, 237-pound, and he ran an impressive 4.65.  He’s considered a very good leader. on Facebook

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17 Comments for “Did Geno Smith’s Workout Get Chip Kelly’s Attention?”

  1. I though geno smith would run high 4.7s or 4.8s

  2. If he parade of garbage Howie interviewed for Head Coach received attention then Geno Smith at least deserves 9 hours of consideration from Don Smoleski, Jeff Lurie and Howie

  3. YeaH his 40 time shocked the shit out of me. 4.59 which is basically a 4.6 is fast speed, but not fast enough to run a read option. He’s like Aaron Rodgers speed who runs a 4.6 – 4.7

  4. Would not be upset with geno at 4. I mean we have to start somewhere, we need that franchise guy. Foles may be it but having geno would be nice

  5. @larrwd, yo what’s up man any Russell Wilson’s you see this year. What you think about geno?

  6. I agree pdiddy. I wouldn’t mind Smith at the #4 spot either. I think he’s gonna have a solid future in the NFL.

  7. When is the last time a WVU offensive player worked out in the NFL? Pat White put up some really good numbers in that college system as well. That system is made for college. No way I take Geno at 4. With so many holes on defense and the QB class coming out next year, no way in hell would I be ok with the Birds drafting Geno at 4 or basically in the 1st round. You draft a QB high this year, you are saying goodbye to them drafting a QB next year. Nobody this year is worth making that decision.

  8. Major Harris, Jeff hostetler , two good w Virginia qbs, maybe Harris not so much, but hostetler won a super bowl, many years ago, geno smith, maybe not at 4, but much better upside than the scrawny Vick, smith foles would not be a bad combo, what I like about smith is he’s a pocket qb who can run, here critiques on his ability as an nfl qb, if available in third, go for it

  9. Agreed pheags

  10. What up diddy lol.. I dont think genos as good as wilson. I think he will take more time to develop.. I havent had time to look at that much draft tape ..

  11. Geno smith has way more potential upside than Wilson,, you have seen the best from wilson,but the question is who can develop it, I like his pocket desire, his speed, his strength, but we have a far better qb with ole shaggy , if you can gt him on the third, go for smith, he’s the most intriguing qb prospect in this years draft

  12. I pretty much expect the Eagles to trade down. I suspect the Chiefs will also trade down since they got Alex Smith. They want the best OT, but I don’t think they’re going want to make Joekel the #1 overall pick.

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