Terry Bradway Watches Geno Smith’s Pro Day in Person
Brian Bassett , TheJetsBlog.com
Thursday was the Pro Day for the draft’s top quarterback, Geno Smith of WVU and the Jets sent senior personnel executive Terry Bradway to watch the workout in person. Smith reportedly had a good day in front of NFL scouts and connected on 60 of his 64 passes.
Pro Days are a scripted affair and it’s hard to take too much from a quarterback working with receivers he’s extremely familiar with … more than anything it’s a validation of what folks might already think (see Landry Jones Pro Day) of a quarterback.
Beyond Smith, the Mountaineers are fielding two of the better WRs in this class, Tavon Austin (projected first round) and Stedman Bailey (projected 2nd or 3rd round) so that also has to be considered when thinking about Smith’s collegiate play. On Austin, Daniel Jeremiah told Corey and I on the podcast two weeks ago that he had spoken with an NFL coach at the Combine who said “I wish our organization had the courage” to take Austin early in the first round.
So while there’s some very talented players coming out of the Mountaineers at the receiving spot, that doesn’t negate the Jets monitoring of Geno Smith. Not many expect the Jets to draft Smith at the ninth pick, but it’s telling that the Jets sent Bradway. Bradway can struggle with assigning value to talent, but spotting talent has never been problematic. As a quick reminder, Bradway was the guy in the Jets organization last year who really liked Russell Wilson and thought the Jets should draft him. We know how the 2012 turned out for the Jets and Seahawks …
What did Bradway see in Morgantown? Is it something that will require more follow up from the Jets in the lead up to the Draft? Time will tell, but I don’t expect this is the last that the Jets front office will spend time with Smith.