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That's right, I went with a quarterback to be a guaranteed stud who's name isn't Barkley or Thomas. And although I do think Barkley has a chance to become a great player in this league, the signal-caller who's caught my eye over the last three seasons is West Virginia QB Geno Smith.
A lot of people unfairly compare Smith to former Mountaineer quarterback Pat White, but that comparison couldn't be farther from the truth. Smith has better size, a better arm and is a much more polished passer than White could have ever been and yet he's not grabbing the same attention.
In 2010 and 2011 combined, Smith threw 55 touchdown passes compared to just 14 interceptions while maintaining a consistent completion percentage hovering around 65 percent.
This year, however, Smith has taken his game to a whole new level. He's utilized his legs a little more but hasn't put them at the front of his game, continuing to make great throws from the pocket. Smith currently has 734 yards, nine touchdowns, zero interceptions and has hit on 88 percentof his passes through two games this season.
Granted, Smith hasn't faced the stiffest competition, but in the same breath, people will drool over an Oregon team that's beaten Tennessee Tech, Fresno State and Savannah State.
Smith could stand to add a little bulk to his frame, but of all the quarterbacks who've played so far this season, he might have the edge over all of them. In my mind he's certainly passed Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and is making a run at Barkley for top dog on the board.
I'm predicting by draft day, Smith is a top 10 pick if not the first QB off the board.