KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
The buzz on twitter yesterday was caused by an unverified Geno Smith twitter account stating he will not be attending the Senior Bowl.
It has been confirmed by local media that the account is real and Geno will not be attending. Geno later in the day had a message for all his critics:
He also retweeted this message from former Florida State QB and current IMG instructor, Chris Weinke:
So, what does this mean for Geno Smith and his chances to be top QB in this draft and potential first overall pick? In a word, nothing. He has over 3 years of game tape for scouts and GMs to dissect and pick apart. You will find out more from these actual games than from a week of practice where you will share reps with other QBs. Honestly, Geno can only hurt his stock by participating, as most have him as the top overall QB.
He will be at the Combine, WVU Pro Day and available for visits with any team that requests him. This isn’t as big a deal as many are making it out to be. Most of the criticism is coming from people who were already down on the Mountaineer QB, which is expected.
While Smith had a down game to finish his college career against Syracuse, he doesn’t have much left to prove. Unless it will be snowing at the Senior Bowl and his offensive line offers little protection. The other QBs competing in Mobile aren’t in Geno’s class, except for possibly Matt Barkley and Tyer Wilson. Barkley struggled to take ahold of his top spot at which he entered the 2012 season. Wilson is coming off a down year, riddled with injuries. He could be one that jumps with a great performance during the week.
Wilson reminds some of Brett Favre, while some compare Geno to Donovan McNabb. Each had success in the Chiefs new offensive system.
As most of you reading this know, I’m on board with the Chiefs taking Geno Smith first overall. His accuracy is tops in this class. Chiefs new Head Coach Andy Reid’s West Coast Offense demands this trait. He can make thethrows necessary and demands his teammates play to their abilities. I’m on #TeamGeno until the Chiefs draft a O or D tackle with the top pick.