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New York Jets Profile: QB Geno Smith

By Alan Schechter

Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Geno Smith (West Virginia) is introduced as the number thirty-ninth overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The excitement never ends with our New York Jets. The crowd went crazy on Friday night when the pick was announced, QB, Geno Smith. Will it mark the end of the Sanchez era? Things seem to be heading in that direction. In any event, as the highly touted QB that he is, I thought it a good time to take a look at Smith in a bit more depth.


He stands 6’2″, weighing in at 218 pounds. He ran a 4.59 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. Take a look at his full profile on

Here are his college stats:

We will start with some video on Geno Smith from a game in 2012 against Maryland:

PROS: There is no doubt about Geno Smith’s arm strength. He can make all of the throws, long or short. Outside the numbers, or inside, Geno can get it done. He puts good touch on the throws when necessary. He also has very quick feet to get out of trouble and scramble for yards when he has to.

CONS: He has some problems that we are too familiar with. One of those problems is accuracy. His accuracy is not consistent. Too many times on that tape, there are throws that are made by Geno that aren’t in stride, making the WR jump, or just generally not putting the ball in the best place for his WR. Sometimes he does, sometimes not. Does that sound familiar? His pocket presence could be better, and so could his footwork. None of it is consistent.

The bottom line to me is that Geno Smith is not the answer, yet. Could he be after some coaching? Sure. But David Lee has work to do before Geno should be handed the keys. If they drafted him with the intention of starting in 2013, they made a big mistake.