West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, considered by most as the No. 1 overall quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft class and is someone the Jacksonville Jaguars are likely considering with the second overall pick.
I'm not a big fan of Jon Gruden the television analyst, but I think his "QB Camp" show on ESPN is fantastic. It gives fans a good shot at looking at how a quarterback responds to things and shows Gruden breaking down some of the tape and allows a quarterback to draw up plays on the whiteboard and discuss situations.
Smith was the first quarterback to make an appearance on the show and I was really curious to see how he did given the recent rip job of his work ethic by Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki.
Here's what Nawrocki had to say about Smith:
Not a student of the game. Nonchalant field presence - does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire. Mild practice demeanor - no urgency. Not committed or focused - marginal work ethic.
Smith is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room.
Those are pretty damning qualities to hand to a quarterback that's expected to go in the first round, but since the scouting report many of these claims have been scoff at from Smith, media members who covered him, current and former position coaches, and even people like Archie Manning who have attended quarterback camps that Geno Smith was a participant.
After watching Smith on Gruden's show, it left me scratching my head at Nawrocki's evaluation of Smith. He appeared to me to be football savvy, easily breaking down a play on the whiteboard for Gruden which actually called for multiple pre-snap defensive reads to determine what the actual play was.
"This is 'Ace,'" Smith told Gruden while breaking down a play called "96 Wanda". "Tavon is the 'Y' receiver, so it's "Y Quick 16.' So, instead of '96,' it's '16' for us. I'm running up to the line, yelling, '16, 16' -- telling my offensive linemen, and letting Tavon know he's got a quick. I've got the option to throw my 'Z' a quick screen because [the cornerback] is so far off. There's so much intricacy in this simple play right here."
Smith is by no means a perfect quarterback prospect and seems to be a player that people either like or dislike. Either way, I came away from the show feeling more comfortable about Smith.
Smith does have a kind of overall lazy look to his face, as my friend Bomani Jones calls it "Jay Cutler-itis", that will rub people the wrong way, but in no way did he appear to be a lazy player who wasn't a student of the game.
Smith was the first quarterback to appear on the show and Matt Barkley will be next on Saturday. You can check out the full schedule here.
What did you think? How did Smith come off to you?