NFL Draft: #1 Pick Still Undecided. Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel Rising on Draft Boards

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Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

If the Cleveland Browns want a good idea of how West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith compares to their current starter in Brandon Weeden, they may want to pick up the phone and call current Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who was a quarterbacks coach for both Weeden at Oklahoma State and Smith at West Virginia. He believes Smith is as good as any QB prospect in recent memory, and that the Browns should consider him with the 6th-overall pick in April’s draft:

I’d definitely take Geno with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. I’d rank him right up there with some of the other top quarterbacks that have come out in recent years. He’s the most complete quarterback I’ve coached. But if the Browns believe in Brandon and trust him, they don’t need to draft Geno.

If you’re wanting to line up and use your big arm, Brandon’s your guy. It’s all about finding what’s comfortable with Brandon. Brandon has a great arm and a very fast release and he was very accurate, so we kept him in the shotgun the whole time. If you want to be more multiple and freelance a little, then Geno is your guy. That’s what makes Geno so valuable. You can do so many different things with him. But you’re talking about two really good quarterbacks.

 

NFL.com’s Albert Breer is reporting that scouts are comparing Smith’s physical skill set to Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, who was drafted 8th-overall last year in a much better QB class.

 

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