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ESPN's Todd McShay Breaks Down WVU's Geno Smith


The first major hurdle for top NFL prospects takes place this week in Indianapolis. The best college football players eligible for the draft will gather to compete in the NFL Combine. Every NFL team will be in attendance and have the chance to see how these prospects test and measure in size, speed, strength, agility, etc.

These players will also undergo some drills if they choose to participate in them. Rarely do the top two or three quarterbacks elect to throw at the combine, but Geno Smith has already said he will do all the throws there. That decision is an interesting one because he is believed to be the top quarterback in this class and his decision puts pressure on the quarterbacks below him to do the same.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently spoke with the media about the upcoming draft. He spent a lot of time discussing West Virginia's Geno Smith.

"Geno Smith is probably the best all-around quarterback in this class," McShay stated. "However, he is inconsistent with his accuracy and he does not always process information fast enough."

McShay's concerns with Smith stem from having to go through his reads, "When the answer does not come from his first read and he has to check to his second and then his third read and go through those progressions, sometimes it does not come as quickly."

One of the teams believed to be a potential landing spot for Smith is the Philadelphia Eagles. New Head Coach Chip Kelly came to Philly from Oregon where he ran an up-tempo offense similar to what Smith was a part of under Dana Holgorsen at WVU.

Kelly may elect to run more of a read-option offense that is becoming more and more popular in the NFL. McShay believes Smith does not fit that type of offense as well.

"Geno Smith is probably going to run a 4.8 at best in the 40." McShay stated. "He is quick, he can move around, he is a good natural athlete, but he is not a running quarterback by any stretch. He is a pure pocket passer."

Smith's numbers are impressive. He passed for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions last season. He also completed more than 71 percent of his passes. That kind of efficiency is something NFL teams put high on their priority list.

McShay called Smith the best all-around quarterback in this draft. However, at this point, McShay is not giving any quarterback in this class a first-round grade. He acknowledged that one or two of them will likely get picked in the first round, but is not grading them that high.

"I will not give a first round grade to any of these guys," McShay said. "It is not a knock, it is who they are. It will be interesting to see where they come off the board. I don't know anyone in the league who has a true first round grade on any of these guys."

Of course, that could all change after the combine. What players do there can sometimes make or break their draft status. Part of the combine is to interview with some of the teams.

"He is as motivated, determined and hard-working a quarterback as you will ever find," McShay said. "It is just sometimes the information does not transfer as quickly as you would like to see."

Smith can answer his critics and potentially impress some people when the NFL Combine begins Thursday in Indianapolis.

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