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Vikings Gab 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: West Virginia QB Geno Smith

+Excellent size and frame for an NFL quarterback – legit 6’3?.
+Has enough bulk to hold up to some hits at the next level.
+Added 15 pounds of muscle this off-season.
+Strong enough to shrug off would be tacklers.
+Decent speed, but certainly not a running quarterback.
+Balanced, stays under control on the move.
-Tentative to pull it down and run.

Recently emerging on some draft boards as the top quarterback prospect in this 2013 NFL Draft class, Geno Smith out of West Virginia has the size, arm strength, and athleticism that the NFL now wants from their quarterbacks. The 6-3, 220 lb star plays in a shotgun spread offense with the Mountaineers. There will be a slight learning curve when transitioning to a pro-style NFL offense. Even with his above-average athleticism, Smith has been a pocket passer throughout his career.

A very confident player, Smith is not afraid of big plays and tough throws. He should grow into a natural leader, but that said, he already shows poise and a determination when on the field.

One area of concern is his accuracy; the former Miami native needs to learn how to put some touch on his throws on occasion. He has a tendency to always rifle the football, which can lead to a lack of precision on short throws. He delivers a great deep ball with consistent accuracy when given time to set his feet. When moving to his left or right, Smith will have to learn to not rely solely on arm strength and use his whole body to make throws. Arm strength is not a question.

Looking ahead to the 2013 NFL Draft, Smith’s stock has risen significantly. He may be a potential No. 1 pick.

“There is a lot to like about Smith as an NFL prospect. He has a nice skill set to work with as well as a quality arm with some natural accuracy. Smith furthermore has some pocket presence to go along with his nice athleticism. The West Virginia signal-caller will bring some good mobility to the next level. He looks like a good fit for an NFL West Coast offense.” — Charlie Campbell, Walter Football

“Smith, possessing a legitimate NFL combination of size, mobility and arm strength, completed over 65% of his passes over the 2010-11 seasons, throwing for a combined 55 touchdowns against only 14 interceptions.

“He appeared to be a shoo-in for the Heisman Trophy during a red-hot start to 2012, but then ran into significant issues in blowout losses to Texas Tech and Kansas State.

“Over the first five games (five wins), he completed 81.4% of his passes with an astonishing 24-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio. Then, against Texas Tech and K-State, Smith had just a 57.5% completions and two touchdowns, along with his first two interceptions of the season.

“In those two games, the opposing offenses jumped out to big leads and Smith struggled to rally his team and answer with the big plays that wowed us earlier this season. Against the Wildcats, he appeared hesitant and a tad gun-shy with his longest completion going for just 13 yards.

“Smith stayed tough in the pocket, but his mental toughness has been questioned as he appeared uncontrollably discouraged on the sideline and had little answers for Kansas State’s good, but far from great defense.” — CBS Sports

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5 Responses to “Vikings Gab 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: West Virginia QB Geno Smith”

  1. jo says:

    Pick up a qb to compete with Ponder..

  2. purplereign57 says:

    Yeah, that’s a really good idea…to have another QB to compete and challenge Ponder. BUT, THERE IS NO WAY that Geno Smith is still going to be around at pick #23. The Vikings will have to settle for somebody else, AND THERE IS NO WAY that it should still be Joe Webb. Minnesota needs to get him the hell out of Dodge. I still say bring in a quality veteran like Matt Moore to compete with, challenge, backup, and teach Ponder the necessary ins, outs, and subtleties that an NFL quarterback must know to be successful. I’d love to see Ponder become successful. He seems like a good kid, and the team seems to like him. That’s a fairly good assessment to begin with, but if Ponder can’t get to the point where he can cut the mustard, and lead the team into the playoffs and a possible championship, then the Vikings MUST go a different route TO A CHAMPIONSHIP, and I’m afraid that means putting another QB under center besides Ponder.

  3. jo says:

    The Buffalo Bills are making Fitzpatrick compete for his job. They aren’t handing it to him like we are to Ponder.
    And Fitz is better qb.
    Come on les…. Ponder didn’t show nearly enough progress to hand the job to him.
    Too bad Webb didn’t play better….the job was there for the taking.

  4. purplereign57 says:

    @jo…looks like the Vikings could learn a valuable lesson from teams like the Bills. Like I said before, the backup in Minnesota sure as he’ll shouldn’t be Webb. They either need to bring in a quality backup…( they never should have gotten rid of Rosenfels), or find a good FA quarterback that can bring Ponder along, or the Vikings are in for a lonnnng road ahead unless Ponder gets a lot better…better enough to shock us all.

  5. jo says:

    Well these are options that have been rumored to be available that would be good competition for ponder:
    Oakland’s Carson Palmer
    Seattle’s Matt Flynn
    Sanfran’s Alex Smith
    Miami’s Matt Moore
    Tennesse’s Matt Hasselbeck

    In my opinion all these options have a good chance of beating out ponder in an open competition

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