Name: Eugene “Geno” Smith
Weight: 218 pounds
Conference: BIG-12/Big East
School: West Virginia
Years of College Experience: 4
Accomplishments: All-Big East First Team (2011), Orange Bowl MVP (2011), 2× National Offensive Player of the Week, 4× Big East Offensive Player of the Week, 3x Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
40-Yard Dash: 4.59 (1st QB)
Bench Press: DNP
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches (2nd QB)
Broad Jump: 124 inches (1st QB)
3 Cone Drill: DNP
20 Yard Shuttle: DNP
- Highly intelligent signal caller with very good field vision and superb decision making.
- Excellent accuracy. Can fire balls into tight windows, and rarely commits turnovers.
- Athletic with plus mobility to make plays with his feet or buy time in pocket.
- Can make all throws with good arm strength and has a very quick release.
- Displays nice touch when necessary and throws a very lively ball, leading receivers to make the catch in full stride.
- Experience running a variety of offensive schemes and skill set allows for him to adapt well into pro schemes.
- Displays erratic footwork at times that can lead to inaccuracy.
- Tends to play good/bad in stretches
- Will sometimes hang in pocket too long, hesitant to use his legs at times to pick-up yardage
- Slow at making reads sometimes
Should the Eagles Draft Him?
Maybe. Geno is the best of what is considered a bad crop for quarterbacks in this year’s draft. However, his draft stock is believed to have fallen due to a poor second half showing by West Virginia in 2012. This has led people to question his ability to be a top-notch quarterback that can elevate his team’s play and put an end to a losing streak. Some experts aren’t enamored by his stats and most notably his completion percentages, stating that the passes he’s made have been high percentage/short yardage throws.
That said, while stats can be somewhat deceiving, he has consistently improved each year in the college ranks in all facets of his game. That says something. He puts in countless hours in the film room, throws one of the sweetest balls over the middle that could literally thread a needle, has a versatile skill set that translates to a number of offensive schemes and he doesn’t turn the ball over. Not to mention, he has already shown improvement in his biggest fundamental flaw . . . his footwork. At the West Virginia Pro Day, Geno showed much improvement in his footwork after working with QB trainer Chris Weinke.
Geno is certainly a very talented and highly intelligent football player and quarterback. He has the versatility and athleticism in which it seems that Chip Kelly seeks in his players and notably his quarterbacks and stands well above the other quarterbacks coming out this year. He is deserving of being the first quarterback taken. Whether or not it’s the Eagles that call his name, I’m unsure. But I think that he would be a solid selection for a team that may want to develop him into their franchise QB of the future.