Geno Smith plans to throw at NFL Combine
Geno Smith won’t limit himself to a cameo role at next week’s NFL Combine. The West Virginia quarterback will “do a full workout” according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.
Smith’s full participation in the Indianapolis showcase is a departure from most highly rated quarterback prospects who opted to show off their skills passing to familiar receivers in familiar conditions at their on-campus pro days, rather than taking a chance on damaging their draft status in the league-run event.
Last year’s No. 1 pick Andrew Luck and No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III both passed on passing at the 2012 NFL Combine, but Griffin’s 40-yard dash time added to the Redskins’ desire to make him their franchise quarterback.
Brandt hopes that Smith’s bravado will force more quarterbacks to follow his lead in Indy. Other quarterbacks expected to attract scouts’ scrutiny include Matt Barkley (USC), Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).
Smith has been pegged by most as the draft’s top quarterback prospect and possible top-15 selection after passing for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions as a senior in 2012.