What's Wrong with Geno?

Al Messerschmidt

I am certainly not a scout, but I have a hard time understanding why a lot of people are scared of West Virginia QB Geno Smith. It appears he has a lot of the tools to succeed at the next level (proper foot work, arm strength, accuracy, etc.). Yet many pundits, experts, and fans say that he isn't worth a top 5 pick. Geno Smith appears to be the best QB in this year's NFL Draft. Since the NFL has become a pass happy league, the already high value of Quarterbacks, is only getting higher. Last year the St. Louis Rams received a king's ransom from the Washington Redskins for the 2nd overall pick. That pick was used to take Baylor University QB Robert Griffin III. And he wasn't even the best QB in the draft.

This year, it is a different story.

So what's the problem? Last year's draft.

The bar has been raised with the appearance of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Last year's rookie sensations appear to be living up to all the hype that came with them. They were labeled as the closest thing to a sure bet you could ever have in a draft prospect, especially at the Quarterback position.

That's a tough act to follow.

As we get closer to the 2013 NFL Draft, I think Jaguar faithful should take a step back and evaluate Geno as a NFL QB prospect, and not as Luck or RGIII. If you are a "needs based" drafting team, as Jaguars GM David Caldwell has said they are, the quarterback position will always be your greatest need if you don't have one. Yes, we also need a pass rusher, but this is one of the deepest drafts for the DL in a while. We will get at least one. With all the assets Geno has, I find it hard to believe the Jaguars should, or will, pass on this year's top QB prospect this April.

On a side note, this is my first post. I welcome any critiques and advice.

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