There’s nothing better than being No. 1, well at least that’s what former West Virginia QB, Geno Smith is saying.
Going into the NFL Draft last week Smith knew that he was a top 10 draft choice, and as Round 1 concluded on Thursday, Smith had no NFL team to call home. Smith was picked during Friday’s round 2 by the New York Jets, who have 5 quarterbacks vying for the top spot.
Since Round 2 was not good enough in the eyes of Smith, a source close to Smith and the situation is reporting that Smith has fired his agents at Select Sports Group and is looking for new representation. The source is saying that the biggest part of of Smith’s decision was his going 39th overall to the New York Jets.
During an interview on Sirius, Smith declined to comment on the situation by saying…
“I don’t want to shed too much light on it,” he said. “The thing that I can tell you is that it’s not because of the whole draft experience. It’s not because of one particular incident. There’s a number of things. And that story, you know, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don’t feel too comfortable talking about all the details of it.”
“First and foremost, I want to make it known that I was never bitter about where I was selected because it’s a great selection. Whether it was number one or the last pick, I was coming in with the right mentality, and that’s to get better and compete daily. I’m extremely ecstatic to be a part of the Jets organization.”
“I’m not bitter about where I was selected, because I’m on a great team and I’m in a great position,” he said.
By falling out of the first round, Smith did lose millions in guaranteed money on his rookie contract. Top ten picks will sign contracts for $12-23 million. As a second round pick, Smith will sign a contract for approximately $5 million, with only about $2 million guaranteed.
One of the biggest lessons of life that should be experienced and learned as early as possibly is disappointment. At the end of the day, Smith thought his talents developed by a college program were better than what the professional scouts and executives of the National Football League thought they were. There are so many stories of kids who are high draft picks that excelled on the college level and floundered when reaching the pros. Just look at Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn, Jamarus Russell, the list goes on and on.
While we don’t know all of the ends and outs of why this move was made so close to the draft, what we do know is that if Geno Smith couldn’t handle going 39th in the draft, then he’s going to have a hard time at training camp, press conferences with the NY press core and most importantly game day.
Welcome to the NFL Geno Smith!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,