Nov 23, 2012; Ames, Iowa, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at Jack Trice Stadium. West Virginia defeated Iowa State 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
You know it’s a bad quarterback class when so much discussion is focused of the bust-potential of every prospect, and one NFL scout took it pretty far in a scathing comparison for West Virginia’ Geno Smith.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn was told by a scout at the NFL Scouting Combine that Smith compares to former Bengals draft bust Akili Smith, who is viewed by many as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history after he was drafted with the #3-overall pick by Cincinnati in 1999. It didn’t help that the next four picks were Edgerrin James, Ricky Williams, Torry Holt, and Champ Bailey. Two of those players will be in the hall-of-fame, and all four went to multiple Pro Bowls.
During the four years he was with the Bengals, Akili would only start in 17 games and throw just five touchdown passes next to 13 interceptions. He was finally released in 2002, after riding the bench mostly during the previous two years.
Geno is widely regarded as the top prospect in this year’s draft, but if those comments tell you anything, it’s that this is a very risky year to draft a QB high and count on him to be the future of your franchise.