In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Name: Geno Smith
School: West Virginia
Weight: 218 LBS
If you ask any of the prominent NFL draft pundits and experts about West Virginia’s Geno Smith, you will most likely get a different reaction from each person. According to mock drafts, the quarterback is projected to go anywhere from the first overall pick to early in the second round.
But while many scouting reports vary, one thing that is undeniable is his production level in college. As a senior, Smith threw for 4,205 yards, 42 touchdowns and six interceptions in just 13 games. For his career, he recorded 11,662 yards, 98 touchdowns and 21 interceptions for the Mountaineers.
Smith’s signature game came against Baylor on September 29th, and it was one of the most impressive games in college football history. He completed 45 of 51 passes (88.2 completion percentage) for 656 yards and eight touchdowns for a passer rating of 248.0. Smith actually had more touchdowns than incompletions in the 70-63 victory, and his eight scores tied a Big-12 record while his passing yards came up just five yards shy of the conference mark. In the process, he also set school records for completions, yards and touchdown passes in a single game.
Entering February’s Scouting Combine, Smith came in as the favorite to be the first quarterback selected in April, and according to draft experts, he seemingly secured that spot with a dominant performance. Among QBs, he finished first in the 40-yard dash (4.59), first in the broad jump (124.0 inches) and second in the vertical jump (33.5 inches). But even more impressive than that was the way he threw the ball. He displayed great touch and velocity, making all the throws at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The biggest knock on Smith is that he is a bit too inconsistent, and that you never know which version of him you will get on any given Sunday. One week you will get the extremely mobile version with pinpoint accuracy and a laser arm, while the next you may get the hesitant version that is easily rattled and constantly off target.
But based on Smith’s dynamic ability to light it up with the best of them, it is easy to see why a team would fall in love with his natural ability and snatch him up early in the draft.
40-yard Dash: 4.59
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 124.0 inches
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