West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had his Pro Day yesterday in Morgantown and he had some glowing reviews from a number of experts who were there. This which should vault him up higher in the draft and make the draft more interesting.
“His stock went up, Mike”, Jaws told Mike Missanelli of 97.5. “I did the Orange Bowl last year when Geno Smith had a tremendous game against Clemson. So I got a chance to see him at practice for three days. In production meetings, how handled himself around his teammates and the coaches and I was impressed a year ago.”
“Now I’ll be honest with you, I thought there was some inconsistency in his game this year. His deep ball wasn’t as consistent as you would like to see, as accurate as you would like to see. But I will give Chris Weinke, who has been coaching him for the last month, a lot of credit. He threw the deep balls very well, he threw those tough seam throws very well. He was very accurate. He’s got a live arm. His fundamentals were rock solid. His stock to me clearly went up today. It was pretty high as it was, but I think today he showed that he can throw the ball with anybody.”
“You can’t play the quarterback position consistently in the NFL, unless you have a strong arm and an accurate arm. What Geno showed today he can throw the ball with velocity and accuracy.”
Jaworski said Smith completed 60 out of 62 throws in the workout at his Pro Day, which is quite impressive.
“He said the Eagles gave him a pretty rough workout,” Jaws said regarding what Geno Smith told him about his workout with the Eagles on Monday. “He threw almost a hundred balls on Monday. He said a lot of those were the movement-type throws – sprinting right, sprinting left, coming back against the grain. A lot of those types of throws that we know in Chip Kelly’s offense, he’s going to demand mobility from the quarterback.”
“I think he’s a guy that’s going to play in this game for 10 to 12 years, be your prototypical pocket passer.”
“I would almost say a little bit like Russell Wilson”, Jaws said when asked if Smith reminded him of another QB. “He’s a guy that will take the running opportunities. And they’ll design some runs for him [Wilson] out in Seattle. But I think when you look at Geno, he’ll play from the pocket, but he can also beat you with his legs.”
“You ripped it”, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network told Smith after his workout yesterday.
I don’t think there’s anyway the Eagles will pass him up at the number four spot, but I’m starting to doubt that he will be there at number four. The rising of Smith’s stock will eventually benefit the guys at the top of the draft, Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.