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Lights, Camera, Action for WVU's Geno Smith


It's lights, camera, action for Geno Smith these days.

The former West Virginia University quarterback is all business from the moment he wakes up in the morning until he finds his pillow again at the end of long days that must seem to fly by for a future first round draft pick.

Cameras have captured Smith's journey from the time his senior season with the Mountaineers came to a close for an NFL Network documentary inside his process to become an NFL signal caller.

The crew sets up shots outside WVU's Caperton Indoor Practice Facility, atop Law School Hill and on the downtown campus, but whenever Smith is on the move, the lens is focused on the Miramar, Fla. native. The attention is nothing new, but on Thursday, it was meant to document a day that went exceedingly well for the documentary's subject.

Smith took part in West Virginia's pro day and completed 60-of-64 passes in a scripted workout before NFL scouts, general managers and head coaches, putting together a showing that helped solidify himself as the top quarterback available in April's draft.

"I've always gotten good responses, really good feedback. Every team basically has told me I've been impressive," Smith said after his workout. "I've had a fun time with this and teams have been having high remarks and saying good things about me, so I guess we'll see on draft day where that goes."

Aside from the NFL decision makers in the building, there were a number of talking heads in the national media who came to see first hand what Smith was made of after spending hours digesting his college film.

Among those was ESPN's Ron Jaworski, a former NFL quarterback himself, who sang Smith's praises on a segment of Mike & Mike in the Morning on Friday.

"I thought that Geno did all the little things that will help his stock rise in the NFL," Jaworski said, noting that at times in the workout, he and the coaches or general managers around him were overly impressed by what they saw.

"There were some throws where literally, we gasped," he said.

Mike Greenberg, a host of the show, opined that a team would trade up to take Kansas City's No. 1 pick in order to be in position to select Smith on draft day and asked Jaworski if he would take Smith with the top overall choice in April if he were an NFL general manager.

"I would have no problem taking Geno Smith at No. 1," the former Philadelphia Eagles QB said. "I think the guy is going to be an outstanding football player."

One of those teams to keep an eye on in this process is Jaworski's old squad. The Eagles worked out Smith earlier in the week and had a presence at his workout and he says he also has a meeting scheduled with the Buffalo Bills on March 22.

"The main thing is that I get into the classroom with them, they understand who I am as a person, my background, my character and they get a feel for me," Smith said. "Because when it comes down to anything athletically, it's pretty much all on tape and that's really what they care about – the production and how well were you able to lead your team and the turnover ratio and all of that stuff that truly matters on Sundays."

Smith, who set West Virginia records for career completions, yards and touchdowns at the quarterback position, believes he will have at least 10 to 12 individual workouts with league teams before someone has the chance to pluck him off of the board.

He continues to face questions about what sort of system best fits his abilities and he tries to express to those asking that he has been in both a read option offense when working with former WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen as well as a drop back style of passing under Dana Holgorsen.

By working from under center for his pro day, he hopes he's shown yet another aspect of his game that will benefit him as he moves to the professional level.

"It'd be a tremendous day for me just to get picked [in the draft]. I'm not going to sit here and say being a first round pick isn't at the top of the list, because I obviously want to be the best, but just to get a shot at the NFL is a blessing in itself," said Smith. "I'm humble enough to say that, but I do know that with the work I've put in, I've put myself in a position to be one of the top picks and hopefully that dream comes true."

As he crosses each step off of the list along the way to the draft, Smith continues to rise up many teams' boards. He still has to wait more than another month until he finds out precisely what path he'll follow to begin his NFL career, but until then, it's lights, camera, action with a Mountaineer at the center of attention.  

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