November 17, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) shouts to his players during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. The Syracuse Orange defeated the Missouri Tigers 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Why QB Geno Smith Will Slide On Draft Day

Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2013 NFL Draft becomes a reality, many NFL Draft pundits are split on whether there are any quarterbacks worthy of a top ten selection. And although most draft analysts predict QB Geno Smith to be the first quarterback taken, the question is when? There have been rumors circling the wagon, that no quarterback in this year’s draft is worthy of a first round value, let alone being in the top ten discussion. However, some team desperate for a franchise quarterback will eventually have no choice, but to take the West Virginia product, and it won’t be until the mid 20’s of the first-round.

Some NFL draft experts have penciled in QB Matt Barkley or QB Ryan Nassib to the Buffalo Bills, with the eighth overall pick. A highly likely scenario that one of those two quarterbacks could be at One Bills drive, but not with the eighth pick. If they truly covet either of those two quarterbacks, the best option is to devise a smoke-screen for a specific player such as WR Tavon Austin, and create some bargaining power for a team desperate for Austin’s services. If that happens, they can now trade back and still get their franchise signal caller.

But what about Smith? After all, Smith will in all likelihood be the first quarterback selected. However, I have bad news for him as he will have to wait until the mid 20’s to hear is name called. That’s right. Geno Smith will be the main focus in the green room, just like QB Brady Quinn and QB Aaron Rodgers. He will not be the projected top 15 talent that many people believe him to be. He will slide, and when he does, expect a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, or New York Jets to trade back up into the first-round and draft him.

There is a possibility that the New York Jets could land Smith with the 13th overall pick, they received from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that is highly unlikely, especially if NT Star Lotuleilei is still on the board. With that said, do not be surprised if Geno falls into the mid 20’s, as a team in desperation mode will then snatch his services in a heartbeat.


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