New York Jets select QB Geno Smith

Geno SmithThe New York Jets selected QB Geno Smith with the 39th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Smith, who played four years at West Virginia University, threw for 11,662 yard and 98 touchdowns in 44 games with the Mountaineers. He is the all-time leader in career completions and touchdown passes at WVU.

Smith ran a spread-heavy offense out of the shotgun for the Mountaineers and was assumed to be a real contender for the Heisman until the West Virginia season derailed halfway through 2012 and his draft stock took a hit. He’s compared to Alex Smith (at this point in his career) or even Aaron Rodgers, without the same arm strength.

“I’m just extremely blessed,” Smith said. “I’m excited to be a Jet.”

He is listed at 6′ 2″ and 220 lbs.

You can follow Geno Smith on Twitter at @GenoSmith_12.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This sure seems like a game-changer for the Jets.  People might not love the pick, but he was a value at the spot.  There were rumors that the Jets might trade up, and while there were some trade-ups at the start of Day Two, Idzik characterized them tonight in the presser as “innacurate.”  Either way, the Jets waited the pick out, saved later picks by not getting too nervous and letting Smith fall to them.  The question is now how Smith responds to the situation of falling as he did.  Quarterbacks as supposed to be able to overcome adversity … this is just another test.  The Jets have been criticized for coddling Sanchez … will they learn to not be “helicopter parents” of their rookie quarterback?

The team now has five quarterbacks on their roster and they are going to have some tough decisions to make before the start of the season. Geno is in, but who else will be on the team? Larger moves might be yet to come.

Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.com

Shock on shock on shock. That’s the best way to describe this pick – and the entire Jets’ draft, really. One thing is clear: this is John Idzik’s draft, team and organization. For better or worse, the Jets are going to live and die on his decisions for at least the next three to four years. Idzik managed to move on from almost the entire Mike Tannenbaum regime in less than 24 hours. That’s quite a feat.

The difference between Tanny and Idzik is Geno Smith likely won’t decide Idzik’s fate. If it works, Idzik just landed a potential franchise quarterback for the price of a second-round pick. Given Smith’s athleticism and arm strength, it’s a potential jackpot. If it fails, he lost a second-round pick on a gambit. This in no way keeps the Jets from drafting a quarterback next year if they don’t see Smith working out or become enamored with one of the quarterbacks in a potentially stacked 2014 draft.

The way this is shaping up, the Jets nabbed three potential starters in three picks. They potentially boosted their offense at the most important position one day after strengthening parts of their defense that were sapped by offseason moves. Smith has the chance to be a dual-threat quarterback with a very strong arm, strong presence in the huddle and locker room and an incredibly competitive personality. He’s also more than just a “running QB.” When Smith is “on,” he can be very good out of the pocket and he has experience working under center, although it’s something he needs to work on.

Now for the reality dose. There’s a reason Smith fell as far as he did. He completely collapsed in the second half of last season. He can be slow to read the play at times and has struggled with blitz awareness. Smith also needs work on snaps from under center. A lot of his success came while playing with incredible weapons like Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey. Even scarier: the Chiefs, Bills and Raiders all passed on drafting Smith and the Cardinals and Jaguars passed TWICE.

If Smith works out, he will prove EVERYONE wrong, including most of the draft analysts who doubt he can be a full-time franchise quarterback. This is a risk – a big one.