Smith, Geno West Virginia 6023 218 4.56
Three-year starter. Geno Smith is the commander of the new and improved “Airraid” offense that was developed by Mike Leach and fine-tuned to the preferred specifics of Dana Holgorsen. The running game and play action passes are the basics for the newer version. The offense that the right-handed Smith runs is a combination of run plays, screens, and quick passes all in the same play. If the future of the NFL is a more uptempo, no huddle offensive scheme, Smith will have a leg up on the competition. He is a master distributor of the football. Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are a pair of NFL prospects who create plays after the catch. Smith has the ability to pass vertically as well as the quick pitch and catch short and intermediate options. He possesses a compact delivery that is fluid and sudden. The ball is kept high. He doesn’t drop his elbow down, but throws a tight spiral with velocity. His accuracy is pinpoint and consistent. Smith has a strong work ethic but when he gets out of the bed in the morning, God blessed him with a laser like accuracy. From the time he was in high school his overall accuracy short, medium, and long has been spot on. He hits his receivers on routes with few adjustments. He has the arm strength to zip it through very small windows in the defense. He can hit the target on the move with anticipation, timing, and feel for the routes. Special trajectory on his deep balls where he turns it over and puts the ball where he wants it. He drops it down the well. The Pistol play action holds the linebackers long enough for him to throw in front of the safeties or quickly to the perimeter. Better than advertised movement skills with the feet to avoid or escape the rush. Ability to make plays both right and left on the move. Can escape quickly and reset his body with balance to make a sudden, accurate throw. A team captain and leader. Smart, reliable, and respected by his teammates. A student of the game. Intelligent and sharp. A competitor with good character. Leads vocally and by example. Never satisfied. Disciplined with the ball. Stands tall reading coverages then delivers the ball. Hangs in the pocket reading coverages down the field. Pressure isn’t a factor. Doesn’t flush quickly. Makes smart decisions. Clutch ability to perform in critical situations. Moves the team with the game on the line. Generally in the shotgun. Will need to work on the center-quarterback exchange, plus the footwork to the throwing point. Has the ability to manage the team from start to finish. Plays with instincts and control. Geno Smith can win the game in the pocket with vision, footwork, balance, decision making, and uncanny accuracy. 2012 stats: 369/518, 4205 passing yds, 71.2%, 42 TD, 6 INT. Ball velocity 55 mph. OSR:4/15. First round. (A-32 1/2, H-9 1/4, SS-DNP, VJ-33.5).