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Geno Smith sizzled at the beginning of the season, vaulting him to the top of the Heisman heap before falling off a cliff.
The read-option is all the rage in the NFL these days, with Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson lighting up the NFL. Smith operated almost exclusively out of the shotgun in college, but that is no longer a negative bullet point in scouting analyses—it seems those quarterbacks can thrive in the NFL after all.
He had 42 touchdowns, but 24 of them came in the season's first five games, including nearly 20 percent coming against Baylor when he threw for an eye-popping eight touchdowns. He capped his second-half swoon with a mild performance in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Smith benefited from an offense that was great for his skill set, and he had some fantastic receivers to work with. He might be benefiting from his draft predecessors, however.
He may not have those luxuries at the next level.