Will the real Geno Smith please stand up?
March 22, 2013
On Thursday the Buffalo Bills brought in former West Virginia standout QB Geno Smith to meet with team officials. Today Smith performed a private workout in front of coaches and staff. After releasing struggling QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo is searching for the QB of the future. All signs indicate that Smith will be the new face of Bills’ organization. Many draft experts have the Bills using their 1st round selection on Smith after his impressive workout at the combine. There are still critics of Geno Smith’s game however, after an inconsistent senior campaign. ESPN analyst Merril Hoge thinks Smith isn’t worth a 1st round pick, due to his erratic accuracy.
Which QB will Buffalo get if they decide to take a flyer on Geno Smith? The explosive QB who didn’t throw an interception until Week 6? Or the QB that looked mighty average during the team’s 5 game losing streak? Despite a mid season slump, Geno had a great senior year. He threw for 4,205 yards, 42 TD, and only 6 INTs. At the end of Week 5 Smith already amassed 1,996 passing yards and 24 TDs. Smith was the leading candidate for the Heisman early in the year, and virtually a lock for the 1st overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Smith’s Heisman hype cooled however during West Virginia’s 5 game slump that eliminated them from any chance at a Big 12 title or BCS bowl game. Despite questions on Smith’s accuracy, he is still a 1st round talent. Especially when you consider that this isn’t a great draft class for QB’s already. The Buffalo Bill’s are scrambling to find a franchise QB after the failed Ryan Fitzpatrick experiment, and Geno Smith would be a good fit. With CJ Spiller and Steve Johnson already in the fold, the Bills have some solid weapons in place for Smith to be productive. This past season the Bills ranked 6th in rushing yards pg. If the Bills select Geno with 8th overall pick, new head coach Doug Marrone will have some of work cut out for him though. His team must find a way to duplicate last year’s ground attack if Geno will have any shot at a descent rookie campaign.