Originally Posted by keg in kc
Sorry, but no, it's not relevant in any way, shape or form to the point that I was making.
As you mention yourself in your next paragraph: For whatever reason, NFL front offices didn't feel he was worthy of a first round pick. That's a comment which would be just as valid for Drew Brees as it was for Geno Smith. It doesn't matter 'why' they thought that, only that they did. And later on, he proved them wrong. Which Geno Smith might do, too. Or he might not.
In any case, Smith isn't defined by the 39th pick any more than Brees was defined by the 32nd, or Mark Sanchez was defined by the 5th, or Tim Tebow by the 25th, or Joe Montana by the 82nd. I know you want him to be, because you're tired of hearing his name, but players' values are proven on the field, not on the podium.
I'm sorry, I disagree.
Not only does it matter where guys were chosen because of their contracts, it also matters because of expectations.
Teams expect first round players to perform like first round players. They don't expect sixth round players to perform like first round players.
There are built-in expectations for each and every player drafted. Whether they fail to meet those expectations or exceed them remains to be seen.