Geno Smith Called a “Gimmick” and an “Overhyped Product”Posted: April 1, 2013
In what is likely to be discussed at large in the media over the next several days, a recent Pro Football Weekly scouting report on Matt Barkley and Geno Smith had some very unfavorable remarks about the prospects of Smith in the NFL.
There are a number of specific criticisms from PFW writer Nolan Nawrocki, the author of the report:
- Smith is claimed to have taken credit for on-field adjustments done by the coaching staff and thought to be “out of sync” with receivers on the field following adjustments
- While his arm strength and accuracy (specifically ball placement) are lauded by Nawrocki, he also criticizes Smith for forcing passes and often neglecting to work through his progressions–instead locking on to receivers
- Smith supposedly cannot scramble and can’t get away from pass-rushers
- Nawrocki is negative about much of Smith’s mechanics in the pocket, including footwork, posture and movement in the pocket
- Smith is claimed to be “not committed or focused–marginal work ethic” and “not a student of the game” while also being criticized for a lack of leadership and presence both on and off the field
- Nawrocki claims Smith has poor training ethics and as a result has “minimal muscle definition or strength” and had to be “coddled in college–cannot handle hard coaching”
This is quite the list of negatives–it’s very noticeable in the report that the negatives apparently outweigh the positives, as Nawrocki spends most of his time tearing Smith apart after a short summary of Smith’s positives–durability, consistently well-thrown ball, arm strength and noticeable athleticism.
Nawrocki’s summary is even worse:
Started the season red-hot with the help of two playmaking receivers and created a national stir generating a lot of overexcitement in the scouting community. Quickly came down to earth after Kansas State disguised coverages and brought pressure he could not handle and he finished dropping six of his final eight games. A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room. Will be overdrafted and struggle to produce against NFL defensive complexities.
That is quite a negative portrayal, and Nawrocki is still only projecting Smith to go in the top-50 while claiming he’ll be overdrafted in the process.
If you can remember from several years ago, Nawrocki is the same individual who criticized Panthers quarterback Cam Newton exhibiting a “fake smile” heading into the draft process in 2011, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt.
Other news around the league:
- Jacksonville cut DT C.J. Mosley in what the Florida Times-Union is now referring to as a move ensuring a tackle or end at the second-overall pick. The current favorites are either Oregon end Dion Jordan or Florida tackle Shariff Floyd.
- San Francisco is in the process of acquiring Colt McCoy from the Browns in return for a couple late round picks. Details are still being ironed out. The latest info from Adam Schefter:
Terms of deal: Browns agree to trade QB Colt McCoy and 6th-round pick to San Francisco for 5th- and 7th-round picks. Niners have new backup.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 1, 2013
- Tony Pauline over at TFY Draft Insider talks about many different prospects, from UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin’s comparisons to Frank Gore and the possibility of one of Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel and Ryan Nassib being selected in the mid to late first-round.