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Career Potential: Long-Term Starter
West Virginia's Geno Smith has all the tools necessary to have a long, successful NFL career. He boasts the arm strength needed to attack all parts of the field, is poised in the pocket and exhibits the drive needed to improve.
A major factor to his success will be the type of system he is asked to run. While at West Virginia, Smith ran a wide-open spread attack that simplified his reads. The majority of the time he only had to look to one side of the field before releasing the football.
This has brought up legitimate questions about his ability to anticipate his throws and read a defense. However, this is the same concern that accompanies most young quarterbacks. Still, these concerns are enough to keep Smith from projecting as an elite quarterback.
He has shown the work ethic needed to make adjustments, as well as the positive attitude to take to coaching. These are major factors in any young quarterback's development process.
Smith is the only sure-fire first-round quarterback. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he falls out of the top 10. The most likely landing spots include the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
Where he lands will have a major impact on his long-term success. The Chiefs, Cardinals and Bills have solid offensive-coaching staffs that work well with quarterbacks.