After enduring one of the most embarrassing descents in NFL Draft history, prolific West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith was chosen with the 39th pick by the New York Jets on Friday.
The 22-year-old Smith, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds at the combine in February, was projected as a top-10 prize by many insiders.
To pacify the native Floridian, elite passers Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson can attest that getting nabbed early is overrated.
The 6-foot-2, 218 pound Smith, a 2011 First Team All-Big East and 2012 Second Team All-Big 12 selection, tossed 98 touchdowns, in comparison to 21 interceptions, for 11,662 yards in 44 games as a Mountaineer.
More importantly, the greatest quality a signal caller can possess is accuracy and Smith completed an extremely impressive 67.4 percent of his throws as a three-year starter for West Virginia.
Comparatively, Mark Sanchez, who the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan handpicked fifth overall in 2009 out of the University of Southern California (USC), is flatly the most erratic chucker in the league today.
In 62 career starts, the 26-year-old Sanchez has connected on a porous 55.1 percent of his passes for 68 scores, against 69 picks, and 12,092 yards.
With Sanchez on the cusp of being tossed like a used Trojan, there’s zero reason to believe that Smith will fail as a professional in Gotham.
In actuality, Smith has a legitimate opportunity to flourish in the swamps of Jersey and mature into the next Kaepernick.
Despite being humbled, Geno Smith should be excited to fly as the leader of the New York Jets.by