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Teicher: Geno Smith makes his case as top QB in NFL draft

Geno Smith makes his case as top QB in NFL draft
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
The push to convince the NFL that he’s the top quarterback available in the draft — and the Chiefs that he’s worth the No. 1 overall pick — has started for West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

Without even a hint of cockiness, Smith suggested Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he will meet that challenge.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Smith said. “I’m totally confident in my abilities. I’m not cocky or trying to say I’m this all-world player right now because I have many areas where I need to grow. But I do feel like I have a great, tremendous skill set and that I have an opportunity to showcase that and it’s something I look forward to.

“You can watch the tape and see all the throws I’m making. There still needs to be improvement. Inconsistency is something I’ve struggled with, I believe. Overall, I put up good statistics. But there are some situations where I could have made a better throw and I’ll be the first person to say that. I’m athletic, I’m a very smart guy. I understand defense, I have a good knowledge of the game and I also put the work in necessary.”

Smith’s combine work, including the throwing he will do for scouts on Sunday, might have to be dazzling to interest the Chiefs, at least with the top overall pick. General manager John Dorsey said recently the Chiefs and other teams were having a difficult time ranking the quarterbacks in the draft because so many, Smith included, were inconsistent last season.

That’s in line with what a lot of NFL scouts and draft analysts are thinking about this year’s group of quarterbacks, Smith in particular.

“He’s a good prospect with a strong arm,” said Bill Polian, the long-time Colts general manager. “He’s pretty accurate. He’s going to have a learning curve to get into a non-shotgun offense. He’s athletic enough. He’s not (Colin) Kaepernick but he’s athletic enough. What you don’t know is how good he is in terms of processing information and stuff like that. That’s what this predraft process is for.”

Polian said he wasn’t certain Smith is the best of this year’s draft-eligible quarterbacks.

“I wouldn’t say that,” he said. “I think there’s a group, all of whom are draft-worthy. I said last year (Robert Griffin III) and Andrew (Luck) were can’t miss. This year, I can’t say that (about a quarterback). Is there somebody who’s Russell Wilson? I haven’t seen him. Are these guys a lot like Miami’s (Ryan Tannehill)? I wouldn’t say a lot. But somebody’s going to play. They always do. Who is it going to be? I can’t say.”

Smith can make a statement that he should be the top quarterback in the draft with a strong showing at the combine and West Virginia’s pro day workout in March.

“I’m dedicated to the game, I have a zeal and a passion for the game,” Smith said. “And I’m going to work extremely hard to hone in on my skills and be the best I can be from day one.”

Many scouts believe Smith has the skills to eventually become a franchise NFL quarterback. Smith completed 71 percent of his passes as a senior with 42 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Scouts are troubled by his inconsistent throws. He missed open receivers at times for no apparent reason.

West Virginia also had an uneven season, their first in the Big 12. The Mountaineers won their first five games and were ranked as high as fifth in the country before losing six of their last eight.

“We came into a new league,” Smith said. “We came out real hot, we were fired up and ready to really prove ourselves. Inconsistency set in. When we went through that tough stretch, I was the first one to stand up in front of the team and let them know we’re going to work even harder and we’re not going to put our heads down.

“More and more (opponents) just sold out to stop the pass. We had pretty much some good rushing lanes. We had some running backs, we had a back who wasn’t healthy. We had to put (wide receiver) Tavon (Austin) back there at times. That really hurt us. We kind of struggled to move the chains and we weren’t as consistent on third downs. So all of that and the combination was just what it was, not to make any excuses, coming into a new league, it was hard for us to rebound and get back on track.”

Smith missed his initial chance to prove himself to scouts by skipping the Senior Bowl all-star game in January.

“I love competition,” he said. “I didn’t shy away from it. I have people in my corner who give me some very sound advice, who I hold dearly to, who advised me to not go.

“There will be plenty of time for me to answer those questions or any questions about me. Being here now is one of those times. I think it was a good decision and overall it worked out.”

That decision doesn’t have to be fatal to Smith’s chances to be drafted in the first round, or even with the first pick, as long as he makes the most of things this weekend.

“I can’t expect to prove any of those people wrong without even playing a down in the NFL,” Smith said. “My only expectation is to become as polished as I possibly can when I enter into the NFL and compete and be a competitor, that’s all I know how to do.

“Once I set foot on a team and I’m drafted, I’m going to come in with the same mentality. It’s not going to change. I’m going to continue to grow as an athlete and a person.”
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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And to think there's still people out there that would rather have Alex ****ing Smith.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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"Smith completed 71 percent of his passes as a senior with 42 touchdowns and six interceptions."

"Scouts are troubled by his inconsistent throws. He missed open receivers at times for no apparent reason."

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I have completely given up on Alex Smith as a qb. Its painful to watch. Like, worse than watching Colt McCoy.
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"Smith completed 71 percent of his passes as a senior with 42 touchdowns and six interceptions."

"Scouts are troubled by his inconsistent throws. He missed open receivers at times for no apparent reason."

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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Did he or anyone else working at that ****ing newspaper even read this article before it got sent out?

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Did he or anyone else working at that ****ing newspaper even read this article before it got sent out?

Teicher took a shit, wiped his butt with the blank page, his editor determined that this is what it said.

Teicher was impressed with his own effort on this one.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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“He’s a good prospect with a strong arm,” said Bill Polian, the long-time Colts general manager. “He’s pretty accurate. He’s going to have a learning curve to get into a non-shotgun offense. ”
Okay, at the risk of sounding dumb....

I understand that Pro-style QB's perform under center, and spread QB's typically operate from shotgun.

What I don't understand is this: What's so bad about operating from shotgun? Why is that SO necessary in the pros? What can you do from under center that you can't do from shotgun? I'd think it would be a benefit as opposed to a setback, because you are further back from the line and don't have to worry about the drop back before analyzing and throwing.

Can someone explain this please?
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Bill Polian obviously doesn't even know that Geno player a whole year mostly under center.

He as experience in just about everything he will be asked to do in the pros.
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The push to convince the NFL that he’s the top quarterback available in the draft — and the Chiefs that he’s worth the No. 1 overall pick — has started for West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

Without even a hint of cockiness, Smith suggested Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he will meet that challenge.
What the ****?
Smith’s combine work, including the throwing he will do for scouts on Sunday, might have to be dazzling to interest the Chiefs, at least with the top overall pick.

General manager John Dorsey said recently the Chiefs and other teams were having a difficult time ranking the quarterbacks in the draft because so many, Smith included, were inconsistent last season. That’s in line with what a lot of NFL scouts and draft analysts are thinking about this year’s group of quarterbacks, Smith in particular.
Many scouts believe Smith has the skills to eventually become a franchise NFL quarterback.
Excellent way to confuse the **** out of people.

Smith completed 71 percent of his passes as a senior with 42 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Scouts are troubled by his inconsistent throws. He missed open receivers at times for no apparent reason.

West Virginia also had an uneven season, their first in the Big 12. The Mountaineers won their first five games and were ranked as high as fifth in the country before losing six of their last eight.

Smith missed his initial chance to prove himself to scouts by skipping the Senior Bowl all-star game in January.

That decision doesn’t have to be fatal to Smith’s chances to be drafted in the first round, or even with the first pick, as long as he makes the most of things this weekend.

That's the article with the quotes removed. Compelling and rich Teicher.
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Okay, at the risk of sounding dumb....

I understand that Pro-style QB's perform under center, and spread QB's typically operate from shotgun.

What I don't understand is this: What's so bad about operating from shotgun? Why is that SO necessary in the pros? What can you do from under center that you can't do from shotgun? I'd think it would be a benefit as opposed to a setback, because you are further back from the line and don't have to worry about the drop back before analyzing and throwing.

Can someone explain this please?
The idea is that EVERY QB is expected to be able to analyze the defense. To have the proven ability to do it while simultaneously receiving a snap and dropping back is understandably considered to be a positive thing.
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"Scouts are troubled by his inconsistent throws. He missed open receivers at times for no apparent reason."

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even the best miss open wrs. For no reason sometimes
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I won't be impressed until he has a 98% completion pct.
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Okay, at the risk of sounding dumb....

I understand that Pro-style QB's perform under center, and spread QB's typically operate from shotgun.

What I don't understand is this: What's so bad about operating from shotgun? Why is that SO necessary in the pros? What can you do from under center that you can't do from shotgun? I'd think it would be a benefit as opposed to a setback, because you are further back from the line and don't have to worry about the drop back before analyzing and throwing.

Can someone explain this please?
The RB can't get a running start if the QB is in shotgun, so it can either give away plays (run vs pass) or it can hurt your running game, by making the RB wait until he gets the ball before he starts his forward motion.
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