West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was not the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft as many pundits suggested. As the second-round gets underway this evening, the prolific college quarterback remains on the board. Are the New York Jets seriously looking at possibly drafting Smith in the second?
According to Jets beat writer Manish Mehta on Twitter, they are giving him a hard look. Mehta tweets, “Jets will take a good, hard look at Geno Smith today. #NYJ has seventh pick of the second round (No 39 overall).”
This would be an absolute trainwreck for the Jets and continue in the long tradition of very poor draft choices by the Jets. Head coach Rex Ryan is coaching as a lame duck this season and no seat is hotter than his is in New York. There is no doubt that Mark Sanchez is not the answer in New York but to draft Smith would just complicate matters.
First off, there are questions surrounding whether or not Smith is a starting NFL caliber quarterback. He is more suited to a read option style of offense, not the ground and pound philosophy Rex Ryan seems to employ although in recent years it appears to resemble more of a grounded offense.
In all likelihood, Ryan will be gone after this season. Leave the quarterback selection to the next coaching staff in 2014. Did the Jets not learn anything from the media circus that was created last season with the addition of Tim Tebow? New York already added veteran QB David Garrard, a player I believe that could win the starting job for the Jets next season. Get through the 2013 season and move on from there. Tebow remains on the roster, but for how much longer is the real question.
The addition of Smith does nothing for the Jets in 2013. There are still running back issues. There is a lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball. The tight end position needs to be addressed. The wide receiving corps is in shambles. Skip over Geno Smith and address some of the key needs of the team. Those are the moves that make sense.
Of course, this is the Jets we are discussing here and it could very well be that New York pulls the trigger on Geno Smith at 39 and screw up another draft. Those that fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.